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United States Eventing Association: 5 Tips to Keep Your Horse Show Organizer Happy

USEA/Lindsay Berreth photo Horse shows require a tremendous amount of dedication, time, and effort from a large village of people. One of the unsung heroes of this village is the horse show organizer. They are...

USEA/Lindsay Berreth photo USEA/Lindsay Berreth photo

Horse shows require a tremendous amount of dedication, time, and effort from a large village of people. One of the unsung heroes of this village is the horse show organizer. They are responsible for processing entries, managing payments, verifying documentation, and handling countless inquiries. In order to keep your horse show organizer happy this season, STRIDER has compiled a list of top tips that will make their lives easier and ensure a smooth event for everyone involved.

1. Get Your Paperwork Organized

To start off on the right foot, aim for a complete entry the first time around. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the prize list or entry platform and gather all the required documentation before you begin the entry process. Different competitions may have specific waiver requirements, equine health certificates, vaccination records, and entry agreement signatures. It's helpful to keep a file on your computer's desktop with up-to-date health documents and any other necessary information. By submitting all the required documentation in one go, you'll save time and make the organizer's job easier.

2. Follow Directions

Be mindful of the organizer's preferred means of communication and method of receiving entries. Stick to one method and avoid causing confusion.

3. Enter in a Timely Manner

Remember, a lack of planning on your part is not your horse show organizer's emergency. Open and closing dates are usually published on entry platforms or the competition's prize list. Utilize resources like the USEA's competition calendar and set reminders on your phone to avoid missing any deadlines. By submitting your entry on time, you'll help reduce stress for the organizer and increase your chances of getting a spot in the competition.

4. Streamline Your Communications

Try to provide your show organizer with as much information as possible through their preferred entry method. However, we all know that life with horses can be unpredictable. Changes happen, questions arise, and various requests come up. If possible, condense your communications into as few correspondences as possible to save time and effort for both you and the organizer.

5. Say Thanks and Enjoy the Ride

Once all the paperwork is sorted out, it's time to enjoy the show! Remember that many members of the horse show village, including organizers, are volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to make your competitive outing happen. Show your gratitude by having a great time with your horse and expressing your appreciation to everyone involved. By following these best practices, you'll help ease the strain on competition management teams and contribute to the growth of our sport.

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