Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion. Please note that every effort is made to ensure that all rule citations are current and correct as of the publishing date, however, USEF and other organizations continuously make rule changes throughout the year and with each new year.
The Medal Platform
Most of the national equitation finals have a fiscal year starting in the August/September time-frame. The following is a synopsis of the current rules, qualifying periods, and specifications of the more popular classes not included in the USEF rule book. This newsletter does not include the "Big Eq" which generally includes US Hunter Seat Medal/US Pony Medal; USEF Show Jumping Talent Search; ASPCA Horsemanship Class; WIHS Equitation/Pony Equitation; USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic and National PHA Medal Hunter Seat Equitation, all of which are in the current USEF rule book.
CLASSES SPONSORED BY National Medal Services/Ryegate Show Services (Ryegate)
All classes held at shows STARTING on or after August 21 through shows STARTING on or after August 20.
No minimum number of riders required for class to count; points awarded based on the number of participants. Rider need not be a member of NMS but only riders who are members receive qualifying points. Top four riders are required to perform at least two tests from USEF Tests 1-19. Open Numerical Scoring System MUST be used for the first round with scores announced at the completion of each rider's round.
Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children's Medal
(aka THIS Medal)
Open to junior members of the USEF and Equine Canada who have NEVER competed in any of the National Equitation Finals with fences at 3'6". Ryegate defines these Finals to include: US Hunter Seat Medal; USEF Show Jumping Talent Search; ASPCA Horsemanship Class; WIHS Equitation; USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic; Jump Canada Medal, or the North American Equitation Championship.
Ariat National Adult Medal
Open to Amateur members of the USEF and Equine Canada who (1) are eligible to compete in Adult Amateur hunter at the current show based on the USHJA Zone specifications for the show's location; (2) a rider may not have competed at the same horse show in any hunter or equitation class in which jumps exceed 3'3" OR any jumper class set at 1.20m or higher, EXCEPT the USHJA National Hunter Derby.
CLASSES SPONSORED BY Marshall & Sterling League (M&S)
All classes held at shows STARTING on or after August 27, 2012, through shows STARTING on or after August 25, 2013.
A minimum of three (3) riders must complete the course. Rider need not be a member of M&S but only riders who are members receive qualifying points. Top four riders are required to perform at least two tests [selected by the judge.]
M&S Junior Medal
Open to Junior Riders. M&S defines a Junior Rider as any exhibitor seventeen years of age or under.
M&S Adult Medal
Open to Adult Amateur Riders. M&S defines an Adult Amateur Rider as any non-pro exhibitor eighteen years of age or over regardless of what classes the rider is competing in at the horse show.
M&S Children's Medal - Horse
Open to Junior Riders on horses that are not competing at the same show in any hunter or equitation class in which the fences exceed 3'3". The rider may not cross enter into the M&S Children's Pony Medal at the same show.
M&S Children's Medal - Pony
Open to Junior Riders on ponies that are not competing at the same show in any hunter or equitation class in which the fences exceed 3'3". The rider may not cross enter into the M&S Children's Horse Medal at the same show. If entries warrant, show may offer a Large Medal and a Small/Medium Medal.
If entries warrant, M&S Children's Medal-Horse and Children's Medal-Pony may be combined and/or M&S Children's Medal and M&S Adult Medal may be combined.
RMI is pleased to offer "Big Eq" at all of its horse shows. M&S Equitation Classes are offered at all RMI Mid-Florida horse shows; Ariat/THIS are offered at all RMI horse shows. For more information about these classes, you may go to www.usef.org; www.hitsshows.com; www.ryegate.com.