From the Horse Show Office

Here are some tips from an experienced show secretary for getting in and out of the show office quickly and efficiently.

1.  Make sure that your USEF and AMHA memberships are current before the show season starts and include copies with your entry blank.  USEF membership is required of all participants (owner, exhibitor, trainer, longeur) except leadline and walk-trot exhibitors, in USEF-rated shows.  GR901.9  AMHA membership is required of all participants except leadline and walk-trot exhibitors in the Regional shows and Grand National.  (See Regional Show Requirements #16. )

2.  Include a copy of your horse’s registration papers and any required health papers (Coggins, rabies, vet certificate) with your entry blank.  Regional show offices are subject to spot-checks of registration papers.  Even if the show secretary is your very best friend in the whole wide world, her job is on the line if (s)he allows you to participate without having a copy of your horse’s registration on file.

3.  Know your horse show age.  According to USEF GR 103, “The age of an individual on December 1st will be maintained throughout the entire competition year.”  This does not only apply to Junior Exhibitors any more.  If you intend to compete in the Masters’ Division, your age for the 2008 show season is the age you were on December 1st, 2007.  For many of us, this is a good thing. 

4.  If at all possible, send in your entries BEFORE entries close.  If you don’t know whether or not you or your horse will be ready that long before the show, at least call either the show manager or show secretary one week prior to the show to let them know how many stalls you will be needing so that they can make stall assignments before the show starts.  This makes it more likely that you will get stalls in your favorite location.

5.  Don’t forget to check-out in the office before you leave the grounds.  This is your opportunity to check your bills for any errors that may need to be corrected.  We appreciate it if you check out as soon as you are finished showing; especially if that occurs before the end of the show.  You will avoid the rush that occurs in the office after the last class of the show.

6. Editor’s Note:  Smile and be friendly!  The show secretary can be your ally if you treat them with the respect they deserve.

One Response to From the Horse Show Office

  1. Mocha Mom says:

    I have had a question about the membership requirements for Leadline and Walk-Trot exhibitors. (Thank you. You know who you are.) Some of the Regional Show prize lists state that they ARE requiring membership for ALL exhibitors. I have provided links to the websites of USEF and AMHA which state their requirements, but in the end, you must comply with what is written in the prize list. It’s always a good idea to read the rules and regulations AND the entry blank for every show. Things DO change from one year to the next.

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