Pony Farm Away Horse Show Information
- What is the Pony Farm Away Show Team?
The away show team is offered to campers as an opportunity to sharpen their riding skills and participate in off-site horse showing during their stay at camp, It is also for those who show at home and would like to keep their competitive edge! We attend away horse shows which offer a wide variety of classes and competition (though this varies somewhat depending on the camp session), and strive to provide everyone with a positive, rewarding experience.
Participation in the away show team is optional. Campers who choose to participate should understand that they will miss out on some other camp activities by attending the extra lessons and horse show during their chosen session(s). While we aim to not interfere with other major camp traditions, campers can typically expect to miss a morning group lesson because they will be having a lesson with Andi, our Equine Manager and Trainer, and an afternoon activity to do horse show prep per away horse show. Please note that there is not an away horse show for every session. Sessions which do not feature a horse show will not have a show team practice/lesson.
- How do I sign up?
We need to be able to plan the logistics (horse use, transportation, etc.) – the away show team will be limited to 15 riders per away horse show, on a first come, first serve basis. You must be signed up the Wednesday before your sessions starts; no exceptions will be allowed. All the paperwork is included in the Camp Forms, under the Financial Permission section. If you have specific questions about the show team please contact Andi Snow, our equine trainer, at email@example.com
- How much does it cost?
- Coaching – $80 (Coaching is per rider and includes trainer schooling of the horse/pony if needed/requested.)
- Braiding (mane only) – $50 (Braiding and shipping fees will be SPLIT if two riders are sharing a horse. Coaching fees are per rider. )
- Entry Fee – Entry fees for the horse shows can vary. Typically, riders will enter 3-5 classes. Classes usually cost around $12/each. There is also a warm up for riders who jump ($10), and a small office fee (usually around $5).
- Shipping (Transporting the horse) – VARIES. Generally $75 -$125 round trip. (Shipping costs depend on the distance and duration of the horse show. Most shippers charge per mile. We choose horse shows within a reasonable distance from Pony Farm to help keep the cost affordable.)
- In general, you should expect the away horse show day to cost around $375 total. You will need to leave an open check with your camper’s camp forms made out to Touchstone Farm. Please note this is very standard practice in the horse show world. The amount will be filled in after the horse show by our bookkeeper. She will send you an invoice to notify you of the amount the check was filled in for.
- If a camper signs up for the away horse show and then pulls out, the family will still be charged the shipping expense.
- Which horse will I show?
Riders who bring their own horse/pony to camp may show them if they choose.
Otherwise, we choose horses/ponies to bring based on their experience and ability. In most cases, riders will be sharing horses and riding in different divisions/classes. This makes it possible for us to bring all riders wishing to participate, as well as helping camp families keep the costs down by sharing fees for braiding and shipping.
So, please understand that while you may not be showing your assigned camp horse/pony, we will make sure that you are mounted upon a suitable match for the away horse show!
- What level will I be showing at?
It is important to understand that if you are not showing your own horse/pony, you will be entered in classes that will likely be a level or two below where you compete normally.
This is in consideration of several factors: first, you are on a horse with whom you have not been training with for months, as you would at “home”. Secondly, you are with an unfamiliar trainer in an unfamiliar setting.
We want everyone to be safe and have a positive, fun experience, it’s important to keep these variables in mind. We adopt the IEA rules and philosophy to the Pony Farm Show Team. If you are unfamiliar with IEA, you can read more about it here: www.rideiea.org
Essentially, the nature of IEA competitions are similar to what we will encounter, and they stress the importance of competing at a lower level than the rider is capable of under ideal circumstances.
- What special equipment will I need?
In order to participate in the show team, you will need:
* We do have some items that are available to be borrowed. Please contact Andi (firstname.lastname@example.org) in regards to what is available and make arrangements.)
- Tan or beige breeches or jodhpurs
- An appropriate and well fitted hunt coat/jacket
- A show shirt with a choker/collar
- Tall boots (black) OR paddock boots with matching garter straps
- A black helmet or helmet with a black cover
- Hair nets or Hair bows if wearing braids
- A belt
2017 Pony Farm Away Show Team Schedule