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ATTENTION: The "crescent noseband" is no longer allowed.
SADDLE PADS AND LOGOS: Not only may the barn owner wear the farm logo at USEF competitions, but boarders and others who ride there may wear the farm logo as well, but advertising of products or companies is still not allowed. The pads must be of conservative (dark) color and may have contrasting trim or piping. Multi-colored or striped pads are not allowed.
LIMITS TO RIDERS: USEF is now requiring shows to post maps of the competition facilities, indicating where competitors may ride and what areas are off limits. Please look for those maps at GHF shows so you can stay on the right path.
NEW USEF FREESTYLE RULE: USEF has increased the qualifying score to 63% for riders to qualify to participate in USDF Freestyle tests starting in 2019 competitions.
PERFEKT PAKET REFUND: We have increased the office fee to $40 so that competitors whose entries are complete (Perfekt) on first receipt will get half of the office fee back--$20 in cash--actually a reduction in the office fee for the careful competitor. If the entry has documents trickling in before the show but is complete when the rider gets to the show, the rider will receive a $10 refund. See caveat below.
SHOW DOCUMENTS: The show accepts only the signature page that is found in the show's prize list. Click here for a copy of the correct signature page good for all GHF shows. To make check-in speedy, competitors are asked to e-mail (not by text) all missing documents to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Thursday before the show. Documents e-mailed on Friday, a travel/load in-day for management, may not be received in the show office and the competitor may forfeit the Perfekt Paket Refund. Make sure your e-mail address is correct in the Equestrian Entries' data base so you will get important updates from the show.
BULLETIN: USEF requires an Isolation Plan for all competitions in the event of an outbreak of infectious equine disease. All competitors must be in compliance if and when a horse becomes ill. See links for details:
The Good Horseman/Massey Ferguson
Spring Dressage Show
March 24-25, 2019
Chattahoochee Hills Farm, Fairburn, GA
NEW HOTEL: Our host hotel for our March and July shows in Fairburn has changed. the new hotel is Days Inn and Suites (a 3-star Wyndham Hotel). See their logo and link to their website under our Supporting Sponsors list on the right. You will get the show's special rate if you book before their deadline: two weeks before the show starts.
(See 2019 USEF Rule Book and Dressage Rules in links below.)
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FOR NATIONAL-LEVEL SHOWS
The Good Horseman's Fall Dressage Show is a qualifier for the 2019 USEF/NAYC. Links for qualifying information below:
$15 USDF QUALIFYING FEE: USDF has increased to $15 the qualifying fee for the American Bankers Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships, an increase of $5 over the previous rate, starting in the 2018 qualifying season.
RIDERS--PLEASE, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR COMPUTER SCORES AGAINST THE TEST SHEET: Don't wait until you leave the show to do this. USEF Rule: DR123.10 If a mathematical error on the score sheet is discovered, it must be brought to the attention of competition management within 1 hour of the official posting of the scores from the last class of that competition day. Competition Management must announce said posting, and must make test sheets available to competitors immediately.
USEF RULES: Horses in any under saddle class must be at least 36 months of age (from foaling date) at the time of competition. Horses competing in the following tests and levels must meet the following minimum age requirements per FEI rules: FEI Children/Pony/Junior tests: minimum six (6) years; Young Riders/Prix St. Georges/Intermediate I: minimum seven (7) years; tests above Intermediate I: minimum eight (8) years. The horse’s age is to be counted from Jan. 1 of the year of birth to Jan. 1 of the current competition year. BOD 1/16/16 Effective 12/1/16, BOD 12/12/16 Effective 1/1/17
THE TIME SCHEDULE will be posted in a conspicuous place by noon the day before the competition. Ride times may not be changed after noon the day before the start of the entire competition, except in compliance with GR830.5.
Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championship Rule Update!
Effective Dec. 1, 2016: Horse/rider combinations may enter more than one qualifying test, and qualifying Freestyle, at each level per day as Great American/USDF qualifying. (USEF DR 127.4). (See GHF prize lists for new class listings.)
VIDEOGRAPHER: Richard Taylor 404-308-8713; www.richardsequinevideo.com
National Dressage Pony Cup Program
NDPC “PONY CUP” CLASS: GHF is offering a National Pony Cup Test of Choice Class (Training Level through Grand Prix) on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For this purpose our two one-day June and September competitions will be considered as a single shows. Ponies must hold a USEF pony measurement card or must be officially measured at the show (see below). First through sixth place NDPC ribbons will be awarded for these classes. Results will be sorted through a weighted program used by the NDPC organization. A NDPC high-point ribbon will also be given at every sponsored show. The awards will be presented at the show’s awards ceremony on Sunday. NDPC will search the show's results and will take scores from the Pony Division from the entire show and will mail special additional awards. National Dressage Pony Cup is an organization dedicated to promoting ponies in dressage. Through their partner-show program, NDPC encourages USDF-recognized dressage shows to include pony classes. Every pony/rider combination entered in pony-only classes at a partner show will automatically be entered the NDPC year-end awards program. This way ponies will be competing at their individual level and division throughout the entire country. For more information: www.dressageponycup.com .
PARA-EQUESTRIAN DIVISION: GHF offers a FEI/USDF Para-Equestrian Test of Choice at all of our shows. See each show's prize list for details. NEW RULE: USEF now requires all participants in Para-Equestrian dressage tests to be USDF members or pay the USDF non-member fee.
CHANGE IN AWS AWARD: The American Warmblood Society will present an “AWS Champion” ribbon for the high-scoring AWS-registered horse in the show, regardless of levels, excluding freestyle, Young Horse, Rider Tests and USDF Introductory tests. A copy of the rider, handler or owner AWS membership card and the horse’s AWS registration papers should accompany entry form.
USE E-MAIL INSTEAD: We have disconnected our FAX line because it is too easy now to use a computer or iPhone to take a picture of a document and e-mail it. If you have problems with this system, please call 404-289-9328 or e-mail the show manager. Thanks!
GHF ADDRESS: 4567 Rockbridge Road #297, Pine Lake, GA 30072, for U.S. Mail, UPS and Fed-Ex.
ON-LINE ENTRIES: GHF shows (including the two GHF schooling shows) accept entries on line through Equestrian Entries ( www.equestrianentries.com ). There is a link to their website on their logo on the GHF website front page. If you do not already have a user account with EqEntries.com, you may sign up now. If you are a first-time user, you can get $5 off your first paid on-line entry submission. Input the following in the Coupon Code in the payment section: FIRSTENTRY. You can print your entry and mail it with a personal check, or pay on-line with a credit card. If you chose to pay online there is a 3% fee plus a $5.00 handling charge. There is no charge to join EqEntries, create an entry or print an entry. So if you chose to pay by personal check, the service is free.
VETERINARIANS/CONYERS: Dr. Dan Carter, Countryside Animal Hospital, Jersey, GA.
VETERINARIANS/CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS: Dr. Jason McLendon, Southern Crescent
Equine Services, Newnan, GA.; 770-252-6860.
VIDEOGRAPHER: Richard Taylor, 404-308-8713
FARRIERS: Brian Fitzgerald, Atlanta, GA, 310-625-8712
Stan Davis, 678-410-9449
Jamie Wilcox, 706-248-3260
Nick Knapp, Monroe, GA 770-616-1395
Glenn Nasworthy, Covington, GA 404-245-6524
BRAIDER: Trish Savard , 413-244-3763 (call for appointment)
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Lauda Memorial Adult Amateur Award: In memory of her mother who died in Germany, Gertrud Herrmann de Lauda, Susanne Lauda is presenting a special award to the Adult Amateur rider who receives the highest score in any FEI test (Prix St. Georges through Grand Prix, except for special tests and tests that are scored differently) ridden on Saturday. A $50 award and specially designed neck sash in the German national colors will be presented to the winner at Sunday's Awards Ceremony. This award is offered at our shows.
Still Waters Dressage Musical Freestyle Award: This award is sponsored by trainer Kim Schisler Sosebee. The special high-score ribbon will go to the highest score achieved in a Saturday freestyle class at any level at the GHF April, June 1st Edition and September #1 shows. Ties will be broken by highest technical score. The award will be presented at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony.
DECORATION: USEF's Director of Dressage Hallye Griffin reports that the crystal braiding bands are not legal for FEI or USEF Dressage Competitions. This was confirmed with the FEI and USEF Dressage Rules read almost exactly the same as the FEI rules. DR 121.7 “Any decoration of the horse with extravagant items, such as ribbons or flowers, etc. in the mane, tail, etc., is strictly forbidden. Braiding of the horse’s mane and tail, however, is permitted.” If you have any questions regarding this, please call Ms Griffin at 859-225-6918.
Complete USEF Rule Book
USEF Dressage Rules
Click here for USEF/USDF Joint Cards
Vendor and Advertising Form
(Prize lists are posted on the Calendar page)
GIHP FARRIER/VET BUILDING: The veterinarians and farriers shed at the Georgia International Horse Park is located near Barn 5 (next to Pavilion building where the shavings are sold). Please tell the vet or farrier about this facility so that you can meet them there. Vets must not park next to barn/stall in the fire lane.
USEF HELMET RULE: Certified protective headgear must be worn and securely fastened by every rider at a USEF-licensed competition while the rider is on the grounds, at all times before, during and after the show. This includes FEI-level riders. No exceptions. Penalties include elimination and possible charges.
SCRIBES' COORDINATOR: Danielle Perry will be in charge of scribes at our shows. Anyone interested in scribing may contact her at 404-219-1266 or Danielle Perry .
Here are some USEF Rules regarding scribes:
e. Scribes. EC 9/21/09 Effective 12/1/09
(1) Scribes should have a knowledge of the tests being ridden.
(2) Scribes (including electronic scribes)must not be an owner, coach, trainer or family member of a competitor/horse in the class(es) in which they are scribing.
(3) Scribe changes should not be made more than once per day for each judge.
(4) It is strongly recommended that scribes and apprentice judges not compete before judges with whom they have worked at the same competition.
(5) First-time scribes must not be assigned to foreign judges or judges for FEI level classes.
(6) Scribes. Only one scribe to be provided for the judging panel for the FEI Dressage Tests for 4-year old, 5-year old and 6-year old horses and the USEF Dressage Test for 4-year old horses.
SHAVINGS VENDOR AT GIHP: Avery Harper operates the shavings concession at the Georgia International Horse Park. He is with Queen Wood Products. He will help you with your shavings, feed, hay and golf cart needs, Avery can be reached at 770-860-9111 or Avery Harper.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY ARRIVALS--DON'T UNLOAD!: The show office opens at 7 a.m. each day and at noon on Friday. Competitors who are arriving with their horses on Saturday or Sunday must go to the show office to check in and receive their packets before unloading horses because their horses must have a bridle number on their halters before being unloaded on show days.
TRAILER PARKING: Competitors may park their trailers in the vacant lot near GIHP's Barn 6--unless posted signs indicate otherwise--or if there is a big tent there--a real indicator of otherwise! Cars and trucks may park in the "retail" parking lot across the road, but trailers are not allowed to park in the "retail" lot.
BREAKFAST: The concessions stands at both GIHP and Chattahoochee Hills Farm open at 7 a.m. each day for breakfast. Both Hawthorn Suites (host hotel in Conyers) and Days Inn (host hotel in Fairburn) offer a hot breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m.
NON-COMPETING RIDERS: Riders who are not entered in the show but need to get on horses which are entered must submit a filled-out and signed entry form listing the horses they are planning to ride—unless they are signed as trainer or coach on the horses they want to ride. There is no charge for this. They must also sign the entry form for a non-competing horse if they are not the entered rider, trainer or coach. They must comply with show and USEF regulations.
NIGHT WATCH: Dennis Boggs is our night watchman. His cell number is 770-855-7403. He can open camper sites as well as help with other stabling issues. Dennis also offers personal care such as giving feed and water for an additional fee. Please call Dennis for information about this.
SCHEDULING STRATEGY: GHF show management does its best to schedule the show in a way that will produce the best results for the riders. Most horses perform best when they are very familiar with their surroundings which is why our shows are scheduled so that horses stay in the same arena for the entire competition if possible and only the judges are changed.
It is our intent for riders to perform for one judge on Saturday and a different judge on Sunday. However, sometimes it is necessary for riders who are competing in two levels to be scheduled in different arenas. Also, we try to schedule the easiest test first and not to schedule one ride early in the morning and your second ride late in the afternoon—though sometimes that is unavoidable.
It is our intention for you to ride in front of at least two judges during the weekend and to avoid uncomfortable scheduling conflicts. Riders entered on three horses or more per day do so at their own scheduling risk. If show management is not able to schedule the additional rides to the satisfaction of the rider/owner, the entry fees will not be refunded.
Show management will try to accommodate them, however. Riders entering on more than one horse, please attach a sticky note to your entry form indicating which horse(s) you would like to go first or if you need an early or late ride for some reason. Not every request can be fulfilled—but we will try. Without rider direction, we will try to schedule the youngest horse first allowing the longest warm-up.
BE CAREFUL: When riding at the Georgia International Horse Park, try to stay off the hard sand roads. Ride either on the grass or on soft dirt. The hard roads can be slippery like sawdust on a hard-wood floor. Spooky horses have fallen here. Also, please stay off the slippery concrete road between the covered arena and the main warm-up. See you at the shows!
(Prize lists are posted on the Calendar page)
Dressage Rules To Be Aware Of:
OVERSTRIDE NOW REQUIRED FOR FREE WALK: USEF changes the rule for free walk: DR103 The Walk. [Chapter DR. Dressage Division] Effective 4/1/09: . . . 4. d. Free Walk. The free walk is a pace of relaxation in which the horse is allowed complete freedom to lower and stretch out his head and neck. The degree of ground cover and length of strides, with hind feet stepping clearly in front of the footprints of the front feet, are essential to the quality of the free walk.
Note: Overstride has always been required for Medium Walk, but not for Collected Walk.
The following rule changes were approved by the Executive Committee on March 19, 2012 with an effective date during the 2012 competition year or later. Bold/italic format indicates new text.Strikethrough indicates deleted text. Numbering may need to be adjusted when the approved changes are added to the existing rule book.
DR102--The Halt. [Chapter DR - Dressage Division, Subchapter DR -1 Dressage Governing Regulations] 1. At the halt the horse should stand attentive, engaged, motionless, straight and square with the weight evenly distributed over all four legs. The neck should be raised with the poll as the highest point and the head slightly in front of the vertical. While remaining "on the bit" and maintaining a light and soft contact with the rider’s hand, the horse may quietly chew the bit and should be ready to move off at the slightest indication of the rider. The halt must be shown for at least 3 seconds. The halt should be shown throughout the salute.
DR120 Dress [Chapter DR - Dressage Division, Subchapter DR-1 Dressage Governing Rules] 9. ....Only blunt metal spurs (i.e., with no rowels), no longer than 1.5 3.5 cm are permitted for FEI Pony Rider tests. This restriction also applies to warm-up and training areas, as well as during competition. Offset spurs without rowels are permitted for riders having an appropriate Dispensation Certificate.
DR122 Execution and Judging of Tests. [Chapter DR - Dressage Division, Subchapter DR -1 Dressage Governing Regulations] 8. The scale of marks is as follows: …..All half marks from 0.5-9.5 may also be used both for movements and collective marks, at the discretion of the judge, and scores given must be recorded with a decimal (i.e., as 6.0 instead of 6). BOD 1/23/11 Effective 12/1/11, EC 10/17/11 Effective 12/1/11
"Not executed" means that practically nothing of the required movement has been performed. In FEI Level Freestyle tests, half marks may be used for the artistic all marks. In tests for Young Horses, decimals to .1 may be used.
DR128 USEF National Championships: Special rules for USEF National Championship program qualifying and championship classes are listed in the Selection Procedures for each program. These documents are updated annually and posted on the USEF website.
2. For USEF qualifying for Pony Riders, Juniors, Young Riders and Brentina Cup (Young Adults), at no time during the competition, may any horse entered in a USEF Qualifying class be ridden by anyone other than the athlete entered in that class on that horse, under penalty of disqualification from the class for USEF championship qualifying purposes. For USEF championships for Pony Riders, Juniors, Young Riders and Brentina Cup (Young Adults), at no time during the competition, may any horse entered in a USEF Championship class be ridden by anyone other than the athlete entered in that class on that horse under penalty of elimination from the USEF championships. Exception: grooms riding on a loose rein. For purposes of this rule, the competition starts when horse and athlete arrive on the show grounds. This rule also applies for NAJYRC and USEF High Performance (HP) qualifying competitions and classes. BOD 1/14/12 Effective 2/1/12
FALL OF HORSE OR RIDER: USEF rule eliminates a horse and rider after a fall during a dressage test.
USEF SAFETY RULE, GR1317.2: In the event of a fall/accident where the competitor is apparently unconscious or concussed, he/she is precluded from competing until evaluated by qualified medical personnel as defined in GR1211.5. If the competitor refuses to be evaluated, he is disqualified from the competition. USEF now maintains a list of "medical suspensions." See below.
RIDER HEAD INJURIES: The USEF Return to Competition Rule (GR1317) has been successfully implemented since April, 2009. The Safety Committee asks for competition managements’ and officials’ continued support and diligence in enforcing this rule: Whenever a competitor sustains a possible concussion or loss of consciousness at a USEF competition, he or she should be reported to USEF by no later than 6 p.m. the day following the end of the competition (whether a medical release note has been obtained by that time or not). The competitor will be placed on the USEF Medical Suspension List (which is located on the USEF website with the regular Suspension Search, or by following this link: Medical Suspensions ) and is not permitted to compete further at the same or any future competitions until an appropriate medical release document has been submitted to the USEF. If there are any questions about this rule, please contact Leigh Anne Claywell , 859-225-6959.
NO BICYCLES: Bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles are not allowed around the show barns or arenas during the show for the safety of riders at GHF shows. While most people are considerate and understand the volatile nature of horses, it is the few ignorant or thoughtless adults or children who can hurt someone. Golf carts are available for rent at the shavings office (near Barn 5)--refer to prize list or see listing above.
NOT ALLOWED: Horses ridden by people not connected with our shows are not allowed to wander through the GHF show grounds on horses not entered in the show because of insurance issues. If the rider from another show wants to visit friends mounted on his/her horse, the rider must go to the GHF show office #2 and sign the entry form signature page. There is no charge for this, but the horse and rider must be on record with the show for insurance and USEF compliance purposes.
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DOGS!: The USEF Safety Committee would like to remind competition management and officials of the importance of enforcing General Rule 1301.6, which states: "Dogs are not permitted to be loose on competition grounds and must be on a leash or otherwise contained. Individuals must not lead dogs on a leash while mounted. Dog owners failing to comply with this rule may be subject to penalty under Chapters 6 and 7, as well as issuance of warning cards." This rule is important in keeping all participants safe while at a USEF competition.
STALL IDENTIFICATION LABELS: Please do not move your stall charts for horse or tack stalls. If you have a stabling problem, please contact the show office. There may be stallions and mares with issues and we sometimes position tack stalls to protect them.
BARN 6 CAMPER LOT: There is a camper lot with water and electricity (no sewer) right next to Barn 6 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. . If you have a camper and want to be very close to your horse, put a sticky note on your entry form to request Barn 6 stabling and your stall will be located at the camper lot end of the Barn 6.
NOTICE TO BROODMARE OWNERS: USEF DR119.1: Mares are not eligible for competition after their eighth month of pregnancy or within three months after foaling.
SNAFFLE ALLOWED FOR FEI TESTS: USEF now allows horses entered in all FEI-level tests to be ridden in the snaffle bridle. Here is the rule: DR 121.4. FEI tests ridden at national competitions (excluding USEF High Performance classes, USEF Young Adult qualifying classes, as well as FEI Junior and FEI Young Rider qualifying classes), a plain snaffle bridle or simple double bridle may be used, as above in DR121.2-.3. Only snaffles, curbs and bridoons pictured under Figure 1-B are permitted in FEI tests.
DOUBLE BRIDLE: Horses are not allowed to be lunged in a double bridle.
HEALTH CERTIFICATES: Owners of out-of-state horses must e-mail their health certificates to the show manager on or before the Wednesday before the show. You can use your SmartPhone to take a picture of it, and e-mail it on the spot! Please call show manager at 404-289-9328 if you have a problem.
VACCINATIONS NOW REQUIRED: A certificate of vaccination within six months must be submitted for every horse entered in the show or on the show grounds and stabling. If the owner/rider gives the injections himself/herself, a proof of purchase with eligible date must be submitted with entry form. See USEF rule:
USEF GR845 Equine Vaccination Rule 1. At Federation licensed competitions, horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be required to leave the competition grounds upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of the following methods mentioned below. The frequency of vaccine administration should be per the vaccine manufacturers’ or veterinarian’s recommendations. It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian. 2. In the case of vaccines administered by a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the veterinarian on documenting that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines and date of vaccine administration. 3. In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent with care, custody, and control of the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of vaccine administration. 4. In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccinations due to a history of adverse reactions, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These horses must also have their temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be provided to the Competition Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested. 5. Competition Management may not amend or enhance vaccination requirements without prior approval of the Veterinary Committee. BOD 1/17/15 Effective 12/1/15.
USDF/USEF SHOWS ARE RATED BY LEVELS: USEF has instituted a program of rating dressage competitions. Every show will be given a levels rating. The Good Horseman shows are Level 3. To see the criteria, click on the dressage rules in the link above.
SHARPS CONTAINERS: There are special red plastic boxes at the end of the aisles in the barns for the sole purpose of collecting needles and other similar medical wastes as per USEF GR1210.4 and Georgia Law.
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CLARIFICATION: On your dressage test score sheet, one of the score descriptions has changed: a score of 5 now indicates a "marginal" performance instead of a "sufficient" performance.
WHIPS: Riders may carry one whip no longer than 47.2". See the prize list for complete details--there is more to know--especially if you are riding a pony!
NON-MEMBER FEES: The show management will collect a $45 USEF Show Pass fee and $35 USDF Non-Member fee per show for each rider/owner/lessee not possessing current USEF/USDF memberships. A $45 USEF Show Pass fee will be collected for every Trainer or Coach who does not have current USEF membership. A $5 USDF affidavit fee will be collected if the person does not provide a copy of their USDF non-member card which they may download from the USDF website. A non-member number the $5 affidavit fee is not required for those applying for the first time. Owners/lessees or riders exempt from the non-member number requirements are also exempt from the USDF non-member fee. The fees will be submitted to the federations their their show results.
ENTRY FORM: Riders must use only the entry form and signature page found in the current GHF prize list for the show being entered.
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