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.
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and Renew
RENEW: December 1 is the beginning of the 2011 competition year. GR114 If you have not already done so, you need to renew your USEF/USHJA memberships. GR202/HU100/JP100/EQ100 Each organization is $55/year; they also now offer a three-year membership for $150, or $5/year discount. The best renewal alternative is to go online; remember to select both USEF and USHJA when you renew. Also check the horses associated with your membership name; if a horse has been sold, retired, or deceased, let USEF know its status.
If you have not gone online BEFORE the first day of a competition or do not want to renew online, DO NOT MAIL your membership. Complete a membership application at the competition which will be signed by the competition secretary. GR203.1(3) A membership "in the mail" is not valid and will require the horse show to charge you for a non-member fee, something you do not want to pay. GR203/GR205 If you mail your membership, plan on at least three weeks for the membership status to be verifiable by the horse show or for you to receive a membership card in the mail.
Horse numbers are a one-time registration. Free for USEF Horse ID (GR1101) and $30 for USHJA registration. HU101/JP100.2 It is a new year, do you need to upgrade to a Horse Recording? We continue to find many jumper owners who pay to record their horse even though they compete only in non-rated classes. But horse recording is required for jumpers participating in computer-listed Grand Prix. GR1102.2
Who else needs to pay for a recording? Anyone who wants to accumulate Horse-of-the-Year points, including those trying to qualify for USEF Championships such as Pony Finals or Junior Hunter Championships. Interested only in Zone awards? You too need to have your horse recorded. GR1102.2
To be credited with all your winnings, the horse must be properly entered in the name of at least one recorded owner who is an active member of the USEF/USHJA. GR202.2
And don 't forget all the ancillary organizations for which you want to collect year-end points. Some of these, such as Marshall & Sterling, National Horse Show Association (Maclay) or North American League, have a different membership year so you may have already missed some points. If unsure if you have renewed, check online and/or submit a membership application at the horse show with a note asking the organization to verify if it is a duplicate.
RECYLE: Are you aware that RMI offers a chance to "do good" by recycling your horse show ribbons? At the end of the show when you are taking down your tack room curtains, bring ribbons to the show office instead of dropping them in the waste can. For each ribbon returned (regardless of condition), RMI will give $.50 to a variety of charities. We hope each ribbon you win is a special memento of your competition, but we realize many of our exhibitors do not keep all their ribbons and this is a great way to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. RMI awards over 20,000 ribbons per year. think of the potential. Currently ribbon money goes to:
Tri-State Series - Reinbow Theraputic Riding; located in Cleveland, TN
Peachtree Series - Manely Kids, located in Woodstock, GA.
Mid-Florida Series - Horses N' Heroes located in Citra, FL
Mindy Nolan-Morrow 352-629-5280
Raleigh Benefit - United States Equine Rescue League
You can also support these organizations directly by contacting them as noted above.
RMI is also trying to develop recycling programs with our facility managers. We are pleased to note that the Gov Hunt Horse Complex (Raleigh, NC) and the Tri-State Exhibition Center (Cleveland, TN) have recycling bins available for your use. Please use them. We will continue to look for ways to get recycling bins in our other locations as well.
And here are some other ideas, just in case you want to get "greener."
- Back number strings have an amazing number of uses, including perfect to stake tomato plants. We don't ask you to bring back your number, but if it is in good condition, we will reuse it.
- If you eat a banana, try to find a rose bush and put the peel at the base.
- Making a pot of coffee with old-fashioned grounds? Find any plant to share your grounds, it is a great organic fertilizer for just about any blooming plant or shrub.
- Horse folks should never need to use store-bought fertilizer or soil; you own a living composter!
- And last but not least, think before you take those ubiquitous t-sacks from the store; bring your own reusable bags or just carry out your item in your hands.
Do you have other "fun" ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle while you are at the horse show? Please share your ideas with us.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
John & Pam - Luke 2:20