By: Alex Tyson
Getting Ready for Regionals!
Entries are open for the Region 5 Championships on October 22-25th at Hoosier Horse Park in Indiana!
So far there are entries from Intro-Advanced. Even if you are not a competitor, regionals would be an AWESOME opportunity to witness higher levels of the sport. Besides competition and spectating, lots of fun is being planned for the championship. A welcome party, prize table, and my personal favorite “WE Jubilee” which is an event where individuals, barns, clubs, whoever, can set up food, drinks, and or activities outside of their stall. “Themes” are encouraged and everyone is invited to go around and have refreshments, play some games, and just join in the fun of a big event that brings people from all over the Midwest together! I personally am already planning my stall party and getting together all the elements to go all out! I hope to see you at regionals, whether as a spectator or a competitor. If I haven’t met you already, come say hi!
Big shows like these require a lot of planning and commitment, so NOW is the time to start thinking about it! Entries Close October 1st so there is still time to qualify at the upcoming shows at Karmik Acres (IL), CADS Brecksville(OH), and Rach Riding Academy (MI). A 58% average from dressage and EOH is required to qualify as well as competing and completing (no DQ’S) all phases at a rated USAWE competition. So for example at the Introductory level you would need to complete dressage and EOH, getting a score for each phase and combining them for a 58% average. For Novice A and above, the same thing would need to happen as well as no DQ in speed for that qualifying show. Participants must qualify as a horse-rider pair at the level they wish to compete at. Scores must be earned in Region 5 in the 2020 or 2021 competition year. Entries can be done online by clicking the show link on the competition calendar. The event also offers non-Championship classes for people who have not earned qualifying scores but who want to join in the fun.
Classes will have open, amateur, and youth divisions. How cool! I am excited to make memories with fellow Working Equitation enthusiasts, and am also thankful that our region is as robust in showing as it is. There are multiple opportunities to qualify in almost every state in the region. Our region also has a ton of playdays, clinics, and educational opportunities. We even recently had a cattle trial at the Kemp Horsemanship show in WI! How cool! I just feel really lucky that we have such a cool region where tons of people put forth their time, effort, and energy as show organizers, and that is reciprocated by wonderful people attending shows, traveling large distances, forming friendships, and all contributing to the best sport around.
Region 5 Director