Versatile Horse & Rider Competition
RESULTS FOR THE 2023 MASSACHUSETTS VERSATILE HORSE & RIDER COMPETITION
Congratulations to Brittany Mayer and My Sharoana’s Time to Shine! Brittany and “Roanie” took first place with a score of 70. Brittany and her second mount, Coppy That, took second with a score of 60. See full 23 MA VHRC Results!
THE ULTIMATE TEST!
Sponsored by Chewy, Equine Affaire’s hugely popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition will return this fall with horse and rider combinations tackling a judged race through an obstacle course created to test communication between horse and rider as well as each competitor’s horsemanship skills and athletic prowess. As the horse and rider teams navigate the course and work through each obstacle they will be judged on several horsemanship criteria as well as overall performance. Contestants will compete for $5,500 in cash as well as other prizes.
Join Us and Find Out!
The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition will take place on Friday, November 10, 2023, in the Coliseum at Eastern States Exposition.
The course for the VHRC will be constructed within the coliseum arena and will feature numerous trail obstacles and riding challenges such as: jumping over obstacles, backing up through a pattern, pole bending or roll backs, various gymkhana games, working gates, riding over or through “spooky objects”, gait/lead changes, flexing, working on the diagonal, etc.
$5,500 IN PRIZE MONEY AT STAKE
Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the top ten riders.
FIRST PLACE: $2,500.00 cash prize, Champion rosette and title of “Equine Affaire Versatile Horse & Rider Home Edition Champion”
SECOND PLACE: $1,500.00 cash prize, reserve champion rosette
THIRD PLACE: $1000.00 cash prize, rosette
FOURTH PLACE: $500.00 cash prize, rosette
FIFTH THROUGH TENTH PLACES: Rosette
OBJECTIVES AND JUDGING
The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is a timed race during which the performance of each horse and rider team is judged on each obstacle for quality of horsemanship. For each obstacle, the judge awards performance points on a scale of 0-5 based on the horse’s attitude, the rider’s horsemanship, efficiency, and the team’s overall performance. Horses and riders are required to complete the course within a given time, and each obstacle within 30 seconds. Overall horsemanship points are awarded with the weight of one obstacle, and time is converted to points with the weight of one obstacle. Horsemanship points, time points, and points from each obstacle are totaled. The horse and rider team with the highest overall point score wins.
HOW TO ENTER
Application materials are available below. Please complete an entry packet containing the following by September 8, 2023:
- NOTE: Riders must be at least 18 years old to apply
- Completed 2023 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Application Packet (Entry form, bio form, and rules)
- Review the 2023 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Summary
- Recent video of horse and rider competing or schooling over obstacles. MP4 or Youtube video link preferred.
- A photo of the horse and rider
Entry deadline September 8, 2023.
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