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COVID-19 and RIHA:
Updated January 1, 2021:
Message from Elizabeth Vars:
Happy New Year to you all!
Welcome to 2021...like many of you I am glad to see 2020 in the rear view of life and I know we are all looking forward to a new year of showing. Rhode Island was the first state in New England to open back up with horse shows and I am so proud of the attention to detail that our show managers put into their events. Many thanks to all of the show managers who did such a great job of running their horse shows while adhering to state protocols and equestrian guidelines. Our membership is amazing as well and because of you all we had a show season...a complete testament to our love for horses and competition.
Sadly we are still navigating the pandemic, so we will not be holding our annual banquet this year. However, the banquet committee is hard at work figuring out the next best thing for exhibitors to receive their awards. Also, the RIHA Benefit Show will happen earlier on the showing calendar and the Medal Finals will have additional information regarding the Masters (alumni) Class!
Please remember to keep yourself updated with the RIHA website as it is the best resource for members to keep on top of what is happening in the RIHA. Jess Roberts strives to keep the website current and the RIHA has a new Points Secretary, Lisabeth Goodheart. A big thank you to Charlene Brown for her years of handling the points for the association.
My wish for everyone is to stay healthy, safe and to keep riding! And to quote my mom, Beverly Gifford Vars, always look ahead! See you at the ingate...
Elizabeth Vars, President.
Updated August 13, 2020:
It is with profound sadness that the Rhode Island Equitation Committee must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Rhode Island Championships. The RIEC worked extremely hard to get the RI Finals to run, including seeking out other venues, even out-of-state. The travel bans and uncertainty of COVID have made it too difficult to try to comply and keep everyone safe. We look forward to celebrating what would have been the 40th anniversary of the Rhode Island Finals next year and showcasing the RI Masters class in 2021.
It has also been decided, by the RIHA and RIEC, that RI Finals qualifying points for 2020 are will transfer over to 2021 points, when the exhibitor shows at one (or more) 2021 Rhode Island affiliated shows.
Please check the Membership List page for the latest list of RIHA members!
Please check the Equine List page for the latest list of registered horses!
Make sure you renew your RIHA memberships 2021. Please bring your PayPal receipt to horse shows as proof or renewal, or e-mail a copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020/2021 Show Calendar
The Calendar page has been updated for the 2020/2021 show season.
PLEASE NOTE the Wednesday August 18th, 2021 Sandy Point Show will only have one judge. That judge will go back and forth between rings.
Points can be found: RI Points. A star (*) next to a name indicates that the exhibitor has not competed in two shows in that division for final 2021 points, as required to receive a year end award.If any of the information listed is incorrect or missing, or if you have any questions about the final point standings, please send an email to the Points Secretary.
Medal points can be found: RI Finals 2021 Qualifiers page to view the Qualifier list.
2020/2021 Rule Book
Click HERE to download and print the Rulebook that has been approved and will be in affect for the 2020/2021 show season.
NEW DIVISION: RI Training Hunter: Open to all horses or ponies. No age limitations and no rider restrictions. No restriction of horse/pony/rider into other divisions if otherwise eligible. To be judged on performance, soundness, suitability and manners. Simple lead changes and/or trotting in corners are permitted. To be shown over a hunter type course. Combinations are optional. Fence height not less than 18" and not to exceed 2'6". The same horse/rider combination may not compete in more than one fence height section at the same show. RIHA points will accrue at all heights for one combined year end award.
NEW RIHA Annual Trophy: Claymaker Memorial Thoroughbred Versatility Award To be awarded to the Jockey Club registered Thoroughbred with the most overall points throughout the season in all classes/divisions except Equitation. The goal of this award is to recognize the most versatile Thoroughbred who can do everything from Pleasure to Jumpers. It might be a lesson horse who earns points in multiple divisions even if not Champion in any, as the goal is to highlight the overall athlete and teacher that the Thoroughbred can be. As an example, a horse may have 500 points and be Champion of the TB Hunter division with no points elsewhere, while another horse may have 600 points in a multiple number of divisions, but have only a few Reserves or Thirds. The second horse would receive the award. It is not about being a superstar in one area - but about being talented in many areas.To sign your horse up for the award, please email Robin Muksian Grimm at email@example.com, by April 1st 2021, and provide your horse's current show name and his/her registered Jockey Club name. Only points AFTER your horse's name registration has been verified will count towards the award. This new trophy will be awarded annually. Points can be found: RI Points.
RI Finals Qualifications Change
Continuing for RI Medal Qualifiying Classes starting December 1, 2018:
***** Any RIHA show may offer two of each RIHA medals qualifying class on the same day *****
*****Shows will be allowed to combine certain medal classes: - "If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both of the RIHA Junior Medal or RIHA Adult Amateur Medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement" - "If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both of the RIHA Junior Mini Medal or RIHA Adult Amateur Mini Medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement" *****