HorseShow.com wants riders to compete without ever leaving the farm

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Online horse showCompeting in horse shows is expensive. Besides the entry
fees, office fees and stabling costs, competitors have to keep their gas tanks full
to trailer to the show grounds or pay someone else to transport their horses.

A new website, HorseShow.com, aims to eliminate most of the
costs involved in horse showing by allowing riders to upload videos where they
will be evaluated by licensed judges and placed against the other riders in
their class. For an entry fee of around $15, riders can submit their video and
compete without ever leaving the farm. Ribbons and/or prize money are awarded
to the top entries in each class, and all entries receive feedback from the
judge.

HorseShow.com aims to provide online competition for riders
of all breeds and disciplines. Helmets are mandatory for jumping and dressage
classes and show attire is encouraged, but not required. Protective leg boots
and wraps are allowed in some classes.

Currently, there are three virtual shows open and accepting
entries. The Landmark Hunter Challenge includes classes for hunters in
crossrails up to 3’6” plus equitation over fences and on the flat. Riders will
find the course diagram and guidelines for set up and filming in the class
specifications.

The Arabian Liberty Fall Classic is a single-class show open
to purebred Arabian mares, stallions and geldings. Horses will perform at
liberty to music for no more than 3 minutes. The videos will be judged by USEF “R”
judge, Karen Homer-Brown.

The Fall Harvest Dressage Festival offers classes for
Training through Fourth Level and will be judged by FEI “I” and USEF “S” judge
Natalie Lamping.

The Landmark Hunter Challenge and Arabian Liberty Fall
Classic are accepting entries through Dec. 11. The Fall Dressage Festival is
open until Dec. 18.

To learn more, visit www.HorseShow.com

14 COMMENTS

  1. wow the things they come up with now….sounds cool-a very practical way to save money…. but would your horse have to registered and all that stuff??

  2. Is this what the world is coming to???? Horse shows ONLINE! How horrible! Don’t you enjoy the feeling of pride when you unload your horse from the hores trailer and everybody ooo’s and ahhh’s? How about the pride of winning a blue ribbon with the crowd cheering you on? Or the smell of fresh air and horse poop all around you. For me I enjoy actually going and bringing my horse to a show then uploading a video online!

  3. Ive always wanted to compete for a show season with my horse, but we cant afford it. We can barely afford the upkeep of a horse and lessons alone. Yes, I think that everyone who competes loves the thrill of it, but not many of us can afford it, especially in the economy. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for those who have the talent, but not the money to consistently compete. I still want to compete in real shows, but Ill be lucky if I could do one or two a year, and even then I’ll have to save up to do it. This is a great way to still get feedback on how you and your horse are doing competition wise, without having to make a huge dent in your wallet.

  4. @ Emmylou & Dana – As of now they do not offer any Western Disciplines, however they will be adding this along with many other disciplines in the next few months!!

  5. @ A – No – your horse does not have to be registered to complete on HorseShow.com
    In Reply to –
    wow the things they come up with now….sounds cool-a very practical way to save money…. but would your horse have to registered and all that stuff??
    A, New Holland, PA
    Posted: 11/12/2011 4:39:17 PM

  6. I understand and appreciate your sentiments about the experience of participating in live horse shows. I agree! There is nothing like it. And to that point, I want you to know and everyone to know that the online shows at HorseShow.com are not in any way intended to replace the wonderful experience of being at a live show. Instead, the intention is to provide a supplemental activity to being at a live show – that is something to do in addition to – not instead of. It’s kind of like how watching an on-demand movie at home is not the same as watching on the big screen at a cinema. Both are great experiences in their own right an intended to displace one another. And for those who can’t afford to go to live shows, the online shows at HorseShow.com provide a way to show and compete. We’re not all fortunate enough to be able to go to live shows, and this is a great way for horse showing to become more inclusive by breaking down some of the economic barriers facing many of us today. And for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to afford to go to live shows, the online shows are a great way to learn, improve, and better prepare for the live shows.
    Sincerely,
    Jeff Sloan
    Founder & CEO
    HorseShow.com
    In Reply To: Carlene
    Is this what the world is coming to???? Horse shows ONLINE! How horrible! Don’t you enjoy the feeling of pride when you unload your horse from the hores trailer and everybody ooo’s and ahhh’s? How about the pride of winning a blue ribbon with the crowd cheering you on? Or the smell of fresh air and horse poop all around you. For me I enjoy actually going and bringing my horse to a show then uploading a video online!
    Carlene, Brunswick, ME
    Posted: 11/13/2011 7:57:43 AM

  7. Nothing can replace a live horse show experience, but personally, I think this can be a great thing for those unable to compete due to distance of shows. I live in Florida and ride mountain horses. There are no sponsored shows in this state…all of them are in and around Kentucky. I own a wonderful champagne Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse and a beautiful trailer, but I cannot afford the time and cost of traveling 800-1000 miles to a show, motels, meals, stabling, etc. Also, this would be a great source of professional input on your horse and your riding skills, in preparation to start competing in “live” shows. Hoped to see Gaited Horse Competition added to the line up at HorseShow.com!!!!

  8. @Katie, Birmingham, MI
    Thanks for the info! Looking forward to it since I have never competed before I feel like this would be good practice that I could do at home with my instructor before I take the step to showing! ^_^

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