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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.   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. 

What's the Point?

Beginning December 1, 2104, a USEF Competition with a Premier designation has some mandated features that are not required at a National competition.  For instance, do bleachers for 100 spectators affect the quality of your showing experience; is a 40 sq ft display board in the jumper ring helpful to your hunter performance? Exhibitors focused on earning qualifying points or HOTY points, will be competitive if choosing to attend National competitions, and in many cases, may actually garner more points.

Here is why - 

If you are competing in one of the divisions that emphasizes prize money, e.g. High Performance, Green Working, whether you are at a Premier or National competition you get the same ranking value.

For divisions using points, GR1131 now minimize the point differential.  Points are calculated as a total of the base points from the increment system plus adding one point for each entry shown in the first (emphasis added) performance class.

                              "A"                     "AA"
1st                          20                         25
2nd                         15                         20
3rd                          12                         16
4th                            9                         12
5th                            8                         11
6th                            7                         10
7th                            6                           9
8th                            5                           8

So lets say you have a Small Junior Hunter in the 15&U age group.  Go to a big "destination" Premier competition, and you are likely to be in a split section of 6 competitors.  Win your class, and you get 31 points.  Same horse goes to a National competition, competes in a combined Small Junior Hunter section with 11 entries (because the rule does not call for a split until you get 12 or more) and you get the same 31 points,  Compete against just six at the National competition, you still get over 80% of the point value.

And while every one competes to win, if you get a distribution of ribbons in your division, then the point gap is negligible.  Your horse does not have to be on the road at a five-day horse show, you do not have to pay for day-care for five days, and your stall and entry fees are not subsidizing the Grand Prix ring.

Are big "destination" shows fun?  Of course they are.  Lots of people, lots of vendors, and lots of trainers to buy and sell horses. But do you need or want all that and its hefty price every week you want to compete your horse?  Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is a wonderful experience, dinner at Bonefish Grill is also a wonderful experience but more readily available at a more moderate cost.

RMI is pleased to produce Premier and National competitions; we look forward to providing a great experience at both.  You get the point.