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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.

July 2009
Equitation - What, When, How Many

Summer is the peak of qualifying season for the fall Equitation Finals. Riders from all over the country ride throughout the season to participate in the Finals. Here is the scoop on the most popular:

USEF Pony Medal Class - start planning for 2010.  A rider receiving 30 points from July 1 through June 30 is qualified for the Finals which is held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Competition.  1st place=30 pts.; 2nd place=15 pts.; 3rd place=10 pts. To enter a qualifying class, the rider must be a Junior member of USEF. Riders entered in this class at a competition may not cross-enter in the USEF Medal Class. Rider may not enter the Pony Medal Finals and the Hunt Seat Medal Finals in the same year. A minimum of six riders must complete the course in order for the class to count (five in Zones 8, 11 and 12).  Rider may continue to compete after reaching the minimum qualifying points.  2010 Pony Finals to be at Lexington, KY.

USEF Hunt Seat Medal -  Qualifying period is October 2 to October 1.The points that a rider needs to qualify is determined by state of residence. States are assigned in Group 1 through Group 5;

 
STATE GROUPS AND POINTS NEEDED
           
Group/
Group 1 
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Points Needed
16
32
48
64
80
.
ALASKA 
ARIZONA
CALIFORNIA
FLORIDA
CONNECTICUT
.
ALABAMA 
COLORADO
DELAWARE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
.
ARKANSAS 
GEORGIA
ILLINOIS
...
NEW JERSEY
.
CANADA 
INDIANA
NEW HAMSHIRE
...
NEW YORK
.
WASHINGTON D.C. 
IOWA
OHIO
...
RHODE ISLAND
.
HAWAII 
KENTUCKY
PENNSYLVANIA
...
...
.
IDAHO 
LOUISIANA
VIRGINIA
...
...
.
KANSAS 
MICHIGAN
...
...
...
.
MAINE 
MINNESOTA
...
...
...
.
MONTANA 
MISSISSIPPI
...
...
...
.
NEVADA 
MISSOURI
...
...
...
.
NEW MEXICO 
NEBRASKA
...
...
...
.
NORTH DAKOTA 
NORTH CAROLINA
...
...
...
.
PUERTO RICO 
OKLAHOMA
...
...
...
.
SOUTH DAKOTA 
OREGON
...
...
...
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UTAH 
SOUTH CAROLINA
...
...
...
.
WEST VIRGINIA 
TENNESSEE
...
...
...
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WISCONSIN 
TEXAS
...
...
...
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WYOMING 
VERMONT
...
...
...
.
...
WASHINGTON
...
...
...

Points awarded for 1st to 4th place based on the number of participants in the class.

# of EXHIBITORS TO COMPLETE THE COURSE
Placings
6-8 exhibitors
9-15 exhibitors
16-25 exhibitors
26-35 exhibitors
36+ exhibitors
1st
10
15
20
25
30
2nd
6
9
12
15
18
3rd
4
6
8
10
12
4th
2
3
4
5
6

To enter a qualifying class, the rider must be a Junior member of USEF. A minimum of six riders must complete the course in order for the class to count (five in Zones 8, 11 and 12). Rider may continue to compete after reaching the minimum qualifying points.  Finals are held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA; October 11, 2009.

USEF Talent Search - Qualifying period is September 1 through August 31. Riders wining 30 points qualify for the Finals. 1st place=30 pts.; 2nd place=15 pts.; 3rd place=10 pts.; 4th place=5 pts. To enter a qualifying class, the rider must be a Junior or Amateur (under the age of 21) member of USEF.  A minimum of six riders must complete the course in order for the class to count. East/West -  Finals-East will be held in Gladstone, NJ; Finals-West will be held in Burbank, CA.

ASPCA Horsemanship Class -  Qualifying period is September 1 through August 31. Points awarded for 1st to 4th place based on the number of participants in the class.

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# of EXHIBITORS TO COMPLETE THE COURSE
Placings
6-15 exhibtors
16-30 exhibitors
30+ exhibitors
1st
10
20
30
2nd
6
12
18
3rd
4
8
12
4th
2
4
6

Qualifying for Regional Finals determined by State Group. Group A-CT,NJ,NY=60 pts.; Group B-FL,MA,PA,RI=38 pts.; Group C-AL,CA,DE,GA,IA,IL,MD,MN,NC,NE,ND,NV,OH,OK,SC, SD,TN,VA,WI=25 pts.; all other states, Canada and Puerto Rico=13 pts. To enter a qualifying class, the rider must be a Junior member of ASPCA.  A minimum of six riders must complete the course in order for the class to count (five in Hawaii and Alaska). Riders who have qualified may continue to compete in the class until they reach 60 pts.  Regionals will be held no earlier than the first weekend in September and no later than the last weekend in September.  Top Finishers from Regionals, prorated based on the number of participants, qualify for Finals held at the National Horse Show, Syracuse, NY.

WIHS Equitation Finals - Qualifying period is September 1 through August 31. 1st through 6th place points are tabulated by multiplying the # of riders in the qualifier class by 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, ½ points respectively.  If a two phase class is offered,  overall results of a two-phase junior equitation qualifier will be tabulated for the standings by applying a multiplying factor of 2. No membership requirement to enter class but only WIHS members receive qualifying points. A minimum of three riders must complete the course in order for the class to count. The top 30 riders will be invited to compete in the WIHS Equitation Finals at the Washington International Horse Show, Washington, D.C.

WIHS Pony Equitation Finals - Qualifying period is September 1 through August 31. 1st through 6th place points are tabulated by multiplying the # of riders in the qualifier class by 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, ½ points respectively.  No membership requirement to enter class but only WIHS members receive qualifying points. A minimum of three riders must complete the course in order for the class to count.  The top 25 riders will be invited to compete in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals at the Washington International Horse Show, Washington, D.C.

T.H.I.S. Children's Medal- All classes held at shows starting on or after August 21st of the previous year, through shows starting on or before August 20th of the current year will be counted toward the current year's finals.  Points will be awarded to sixth place at 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/2. This number will then be multiplied by the number of riders competing in the class to determine the number of points received.   No membership requirement to enter a class but only NAL members receive qualifying points.  No minimum number of riders required in order for points to be awarded. Top 40 riders will be invited to compte in the Finals to be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Upper Marlboro, MD   .

Ariat Adult Medal -  All classes held at shows starting on or after August 21st of the previous year, through shows starting on or before August 20th of the current year will be counted toward the current year's finals.  Points will be awarded to sixth place at 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/2. This number will then be multiplied by the number of riders competing in the class to determine the number of points received. No membership requirement to enter a class but only NAL members receive qualifying points.  No minimum number of riders required in order for points to be awarded. Top 30 riders will be invited to compete in the Finals to be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Upper Marlboro, MD.

M&S Junior Medal/M&S Children's Horse Medal/M&S Children's Pony Medal/M&S Adult Medal -  All classes held at shows starting on or after September 3, 2008, through shows starting on or after September 2, 2009, will be counted toward the current year's finals. Points will be awarded to sixth place at 10, 6, 4,2, 1, 1/2 regardless of the number of entries.  No membership requirement to enter the class but only M&S members receive qualifying points A minimum of three riders must complete the course in order for points to count.  Top 75-Junior Medal; top 50-Adult Medal; top 60-Children's Horse Medal; top 40-Children's Pony Medal.  Finals to be held at HITS-On-The-Hudson, Saugerties, NY.

The following websites may be helpful or provide additional information:
USEF Pony Medal http://www.usef.org/documents/disciplines/hunterat/2009PonyMedalFinals.pdf
USEF Hunt Seat Medal http://www.usef.org/Contentpage2.aspx?id=hse
USEF Talent Search http://www.usef.org/Contentpage2.aspx?id=hpjumping
ASPCA Maclay www.nhs.org
Ariat Adult Medal www.ryegate.com
T.H.I.S. Child Medal www.ryegate.com
WIHS Equitation www.ryegate.com
WIHS Pony Equitation www.ryegate.com
M&S Medals www.hitsshows.com

June 2009 Newsletter - Guess Who? - John Rush age 12 riding Speedy Gonzalez, owned by Deerwood Riding & Hunt Club.  Trained by Sissie (Brown) Anderton and Christina (Schiller) Schlusemeyer.  John went on to win numerous hunter, jumper and equitation championships on a wide variety of mounts.  He finished his junior career by competing at the 1973 National Horse Show held at Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY.