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Jul 25 13

Equestrian Connect Official Online Entry Partner of the Hampton Classic Horse Show

ShowNet Vision to Provide Exhibitors Real Time Scoring & Results!

Bridgehampton, NY—June 26, 2013—Exhibitors entering the Hampton Classic Horse Show, which returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 25 – September 1, can save time by filing their entries online through Equestrian Connect. Equestrian Connect offers its online service free for all Hampton Classic Entries, which will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19!

The Hampton Classic returns for its 38th year of world-class equestrian competition, shopping and entertainment. Masses of spectators, socialites and celebrities – and anyone looking for a top summer destination – return year after year to the eastern end of Long Island to see and be seen at New York’s iconic end-of-summer event.

“We are excited to offer our exhibitors the opportunity to submit entries electronically in addition to the old fashioned way of printing and mailing them in,” said Shanette Cohen, Hampton Classic executive director. “We are always committed to offering the absolute best services to our exhibitors and to researching the newest and best improvements in technology. Filing entries through Equestrian Connect makes things easier, saves time and provides entries that are legible and complete. It saves valuable time both for exhibitors and for our horse show staff. Competitors can go to equestrianconnect.com to register for the service.”

Another exciting opportunity for exhibitors is that ShowNet Vision will once again provide complimentary real time scoring and results for all rings throughout the week. Additionally, ShowNet will webcast the Grand Prix Ring free of charge. Video footage from other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis.

“We are pleased to be able to provide exhibitors and spectators free accessibility to this information in real time,” said Cohen. “We believe it will be of great value to all our exhibitors.”

The Hampton Classic features 6 show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic’s world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation’s top professional and amateur riders, and its Hamptons charm and schedule of family attractions make it the perfect destination for anybody looking to add some style to their summer.
The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and lead line classes are part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities and the highlight of competition, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier. The prize list is available online at www.hamptonclassic.com.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Apr 29 13

Equestrian Connect Enhances Its Online Entry Service

Equestrian Connect Enhances Its Online Entry Service and Doubles the Number of Shows that Accept Electronic Submissions

The Devon Horse Show Added to Growing List

Equestrian Connect, the one-minute horse show entry service, is pleased to announce new features for its online entry service, as well as a significant increase in the number of horse shows across the country that are now accepting entries submitted electronically through the service. There are 250 shows that now accept entries electronically through Equestrian Connect, up from 130 in 2012.

Equestrian Connect has simplified the initial set up process, enabling account holders to set up their entry data more quickly and easily. And, the service now offers a more complete entry process – allowing exhibitors to select extra stalls, paddocks, RV requirements and other items for a show.

Equestrian Connect posts entry forms for over 800 USEF A/AA shows in the US, and over 30 select shows in Canada. Those have been available since 2010, when the service was rolled out nationally. In spring 2012, Equestrian Connect began partnering with horse show managers to enable exhibitors to submit their entries electronically. Now, the company offers electronic submissions to over 250 horse shows, predominantly in zones 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10. The Devon Horse & Country Show in May is one of the latest to be added to the growing lists, which includes shows managed by Blenhieim Equisports, the Classic Company, the Hampton Classic, HITS, the Jumper Classic, Langer Equestrian, the Pin Oak Charity Show and Rush Management.

More and more exhibitors are finding they can save time and money by using Equestrian Connect’s service, which now has over 9,700 members. Reyhan Haunert of Tristar Farms in Del Mar, CA, is one exhibitor that actually tracked his costs to complete their entries by hand. Haunert, along with his wife Nicole and father Paul, bring 30 horses on average to a given show.

Haunert originally used Equestrian Connect to fill out entries online through a free trial offer. When the time came to pay for the service, he wasn’t sure of the cost benefits. So Haunert kept track of all of his costs, from paper, envelopes, and labels, to ink cartridges and postage. “While the costs added up, filling out the entries by hand was also harder and more time consuming,” Haunert remembered. “I didn’t realize how much time it takes to fill out 30 entries for every horse show.”

By doing a cost justification report, Haunert was able to show exactly how much money Equestrian Connect saved him. “Not only was it a lot cheaper, the convenience was ridiculously easy!” Haunert remarked. “It’s so much easier to keep track of all of our entries; everything is on record. I don’t have to worry about clients who decide at the last minute that they want to go to shows and the post office is closed. Now I submit my entries electronically directly to the show and the show office receives them on the same day, which is really nice.”

Haunert paid for the service and started using Equestrian Connect again this year for the HITS Thermal circuit. When he saw a friend from Canada filling out paper entries at the horse show this winter, he told her about Equestrian Connect and how the service would be worth it. “I was the third person to tell her that!” he said.

Equestrian Connect’s web-based entry service works with PCs, Macs, iPads and smart phones.

Sign up today to start using the Equestrian Connect service to make horse show entries easy and to save money!

For a demonstration or to learn more about Equestrian Connect, please visit www.equestrianconnect.com.

Jan 10 13

Classic Company and the Gulf Coast Classic Company Welcome Equestrian Connect as its Official Service Provider!

Classic Company and the Gulf Coast Classic Company Welcome Equestrian Connect as its Official Service Provider! Show management encourages all exhibitors to submit their entries online, using Equestrian Connect’s easy to use service.

Classic Company is proud to announce that it will once again be working with Equestrian Connect, the one minute horse show entry service, to offer its exhibitors the convenience of submitting horse show entries electronically for all Classic Company 2013 horse shows.

Equestrian Connect is a web service that allows horse show exhibitors to complete their entry forms online and submit them electronically. The service currently has over 9,000 members in the United States and Canada, and provides entry forms for over 800 USEF “A” hunter/jumper shows.

“We are so excited to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to sign up with Equestrian Connect for all Classic shows. Not only does it save the exhibitors and barns hours of time completing entries, but it also removes errors caused by misreading poor handwriting,” said Classic Company President Bob Bell. “Entries are received on time and all of the required information is there, and the USEF and USHJA numbers are correct and legible. And, in our efforts to continue to go as green as possible, this is a step in the right direction,” he added.

While entry deadlines for Pensacola have passed, Gulfport is fast approaching and is due to close January 13. Simply click on the Equestrian Connect logo and link on the hot documents tab on any Classic Show. There is no faster way to complete entries for all Classic events than Equestrian Connect.

Why Exhibitors Should Use Equestrian Connect

Exhibitors spend hours filling in horse show entry forms, looking up membership numbers and other necessary information, and then spending money on overnight delivery services to get their entries in on time. Simone Otus Coxe and Barbara Phillips knew there had to be an easier way, and Equestrian Connect was born.

Equestrian Connect allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country. The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members. At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.

“When you consider the cost of overnighting entries for your barn, the cost is less than the ‘panic’ postage!” said Classic Company Office Manager Jonathan Rabon.

That sentiment is apparently shared by many as exhibitors, trainers, horse owners and barn managers took an immediate liking to this service of electronic entry forms.

Chad Watridge of Ridgewater Show Stables in St. Augustine, Florida said “We love it. We run a small business and our list of horses changes very rarely. We set up the account in the beginning of the year and we don’t need to do anything else for the rest of the year-no more cards, no more numbers. Once we input the information it’s available for the year. We don’t need to know those numbers again because it’s all accurate. “Chad and his wife Brooke have two young children and really value every spare second. “With the kids in tow, to do each entry by hand is next to impossible,” said Chad. His wife Brooke added, “It is completely affordable and it’s definitely worth the price. ”

Trainer Jack Towle of Finally Farm, from Camden, South Carolina said, “We have about 25 horses on Equestrian Connect and my people love the service.” Liz Devor, of Finally Farm is the one responsible for all of the entries. “It does making entries fast and easy,” she commented.

“Users can operate Equestrian Connect from their smart phone or tablet as well as the computer,” Barbara explains. “The prize lists and schedules are all available right there, so people don’t need to carry them. They can even download reports with a summary of the horses scheduled to go and what they’re showing in, which they can then distribute to their barn manager, staff, etc. We will continue to streamline the process for both the shows and the exhibitors to make this process easier and smoother so everyone can get out of the show office and focus on riding, showing, and having a great time with their horses. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and providing a positive experience for all users is our key objective.”

About Equestrian Connect

Equestrian Connect hosts more than 800 USEF “A/AA” rated shows across the country, plus 30+ Canadian horse shows. Equestrian Connect’s web-based entry service works with PCs, Macs, and iPhones, can produce printable entries for any horse show, and eliminates the need for trainers and exhibitors having to mail entries to the show office or FedEx them at the last minute. Equestrian Connect’s electronic entry submission can now be used for those showing at all of the Classic Company shows which run for twenty weeks. Horse shows can then notify exhibitors that their entries have been received, wait list status, and if they are missing information.

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter/jumper events, please visit them at www.classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

Dec 28 12

LEG Up News: Equestrian Connect Soars into 2013

Trainers and exhibitors have spent many hours filling out horse show entry forms, looking up membership numbers and other needed information, and writing the same information over and over again. Simone Otus Coxe and Barbara Phillips knew there had to be an easier way, and Equestrian Connect was born. Horse show exhibitors took an immediate liking to this service of electronic entry forms, and Simone and Barbara have taken it a step further by creating the ability to not only fill out the forms online but submit them electronically as well.

“I used to use another service for entries, but it was outdated, difficult and time consuming in too many ways,” reports Katherine Anderson, assistant to Michael and Christa Endicott at Pegasus Show Stable. “The Equestrian Connect service was very easy to learn. I did a quick tutorial with Barb and was ready to do entries. I am slightly technologically challenged, but it was easy enough for me to do on my own after a quick lesson. Now, entries take only a few minutes and are easily updated with new horse and rider information. It’s nice that Equestrian Connect makes everything simple and efficient.”

With Equestrian Connect’s initial roll-out, the service allowed users to fill out entry forms and save data like USEF and USHJA membership numbers. However, they still had to print and mail their entries. Now, the service has improved to a new level. “We officially launched our Entry Management Portal at the USHJA Convention in early December, so horse show management can now accept entries electronically regardless of their horse show software,” Barbara explains. “Now all the major national horse shows and others across the country are accepting entries electronically, making it easier for trainers, owners and riders to submit their entries.”

This is exciting news for users on both sides of the horse show business: management and exhibitors. “This is a big efficiency for horse show managers, because all they have to do is press a button and all of the entries download right into their horse show management software,” Simone remarks, “but it’s also a huge benefit to exhibitors because they don’t have to print and mail their forms anymore. It’s a lot easier for everybody.”

Professional horsemen and amateurs alike are finding the service to be highly convenient and easy to use. “I needed to find a way to save time when filling out entries for horse shows,” comments trainer Archie Cox of Brookway Stables. “Equestrian Connect makes submitting entries extremely simple, fast, and easy. Barbara and Simone have created an entry service current with today’s technology. Every Equestrian Connect user will see the benefits.”

Stephanie Wheeler of Blenheim EquiSports is thrilled as well. “Without a doubt, the biggest benefit of accepting entries from Equestrian Connect is the accuracy with which the entries are received. All of the required information is there, and the USEF and USHJA numbers are correct and legible.”

Brenda Outwater of LEG’s Los Angeles shows division agrees. “We used Equestrian Connect’s online entry for our LA shows and used it to electronically upload the entries into our horse show management program. It saved quite a bit of time and labor, and the entry blanks were much easier to read.”

These are just two of the many horse show managers using the service. Most USEF-rated shows, including HITS and many others, all take advantage of Equestrian Connect. “For exhibitors, it’s very nice to be able to get their entries in at the eleventh hour and beat the deadline,” Barbara remarks. “There’s no more dealing with delays that come with printing and mailing forms and lost mail. If at the last minute they decide a horse is ready or a customer decides they want to go to a show, they can still get entries in on time. All their information is saved, so it takes just minutes to enter. With the online entries, show management can quickly and easily send an email confirmation with classes and stalls so there are no unnecessary phone calls to see if the entry arrived.”

The oh-so-21st Century idea of taking the laborious task of filling out entry forms and automating it has taken off, and now 9,000 exhibitors and over 800 horse shows across the United States and Canada are using the service. Additionally, all of the show managers who use horseshowtime.com can automatically import their entries. And Barbara and Simone have no intention of halting their progress, either. They are currently working on the ability to interface with other platforms and hope to roll out this functionality to even more shows in early 2013, and the technology just keeps improving.

“Users can operate Equestrian Connect from their smart phone or tablet as well as the computer,” Barbara explains. “The prize lists and schedules are all available right there, so people don’t need to carry them. They can even download reports with a summary of the horses scheduled to go and what they’re showing in, which they can then distribute to their barn manager, staff, etc. We will continue to streamline the process for both the shows and the exhibitors to make this process easier and smoother so everyone can get out of the show office and focus on riding, showing, and having a great time with their horses. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and providing a positive experience for all users is our key objective.”

Equestrian Connect offers a free 45-day trial that includes helping enter your data. After that, you can purchase an annual subscription for $49.99/ horse per year or $8 per entry, per show. There is no charge to store your information or access show schedules and prize lists in the service. To learn more about how this service works or to sign up, go to www.equestrianconnect.com.

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Dec 27 12

Send In Your Horse Show Entries Easily, Electronically, and On-Time with Equestrian Connect

Equestrian Connect, the one-minute horse show entry service, is pleased to announce that they will be providing electronic submission capability for exhibitors at multiple winter show circuits this season, including the Jacksonville Winter Series, Pensacola Winter Series, Gulf Coast Winter Series, the HITS Winter Circuits in Ocala, and the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal. This is the first time that Equestrian Connect has offered electronic submissions in the first quarter of the year. Equestrian Connect has also incorporated new features to help large barns and sales operations.

Horse Show entries for the Jacksonville Winter Circuit are due December 28, so fill out your forms today! Entries for the first three weeks of HITS Ocala (Unrated and USEF Local Days) and HITS Thermal I though VII entries close on January 2. Entries for the first week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic are due January 14.

Jacksonville Winter Series Encourages Electronic Entries

Equestrian Connect hosts more than 800 USEF “A/AA” rated shows across the country, plus 30+ Canadian horse shows. Equestrian Connect’s web-based entry service works with PCs, Macs, and iPhones, can produce printable entries for any horse show, and eliminates the need for trainers and exhibitors having to mail entries to the show office or FedEx them at the last minute. Equestrian Connect electronic entry submission can now be used for those showing at the Jacksonville Winter Series, where entries are due this Friday. Horse shows can then notify exhibitors that their entries have been received, wait list status, and if they are missing information.

At the Jacksonville Winter Series, horse show secretary Alexis Newman recognized “what a time and money saving service it would be” for their exhibitors. Newman has up to eight shows at a time that use Equestrian Connect (including the Jacksonville Winter Series, North Florida Fall Series, SouthEast Medal Finals, and their North Florida one-day schooling shows) and recommends that exhibitors use the Equestrian Connect service.

Streamlining the horse show entry process is what Equestrian Connect does best – no matter who fills out the forms, they arrive at the horse show neatly typed, legible, and with full information.

While there are other companies that offer similar services, Newman believes that Equestrian Connect offers the best service. She explained, “The level of service Equestrian Connect offers is really unsurpassed. They will input your profile/customer information for you, which is absolutely unheard of and so invaluable! What a great service to customers. And then there is the free trial period. What more can you ask for, and what’s not to like?”

Updated Features for Trainers and Exhibitors

Equestrian Connect provides owners, riders, and trainers a one-stop place to create entries for Hunter/Jumper shows across the country. Whether it’s your amateur entry at a show or your 80 clients competing in Ocala, Equestrian Connect helps make the entry process easy, fast, and precise.

Bibby Farmer Hill of Don Stewart Stables has the unenviable task of keeping track of up to 100 horses and even more riders at horse shows throughout the year. By switching to Equestrian Connect this season, she has not only made one part of her job easier, but has helped Equestrian Connect improve their service.

Being a sales barn, Hill found that she needed a way to adjust her entries to add or change rider names. Equestrian Connect helped her gain the ability to customize entry blanks. Hill said, “They had such helpful customer service. I had concerns with how we could do things like rider changes on entry blanks. They listened to my concerns and made accomodations for those concerns, and now I can use the service without any trouble. As much as they listened to me, it was good input to them for their service too.”

Amanda Steege of Ashmeadow Farm has used Equestrian Connect for her stable’s entries for more than two years. Her secretary loves the ease of use of the service. Steege said, “You can fill out information once and have it correct for all year. It saves a lot of time and saves on errors. You have to be so careful and it’s easy to put a wrong number for someone and then points don’t count. If you do it once and edit it well, then you know it will all be right for the whole year.”

Classic Company Accepts Entries Electronically through Equestrian Connect

Bob Bell, President and Founder of the Classic Company, produces world-class equestrian competitions in four states at six venues during 20 weeks of the year. The Classic Company and the Gulf Coast Classic Company are proud to have Equestrian Connect continue as an Official Service Provider for all Classic events in 2013.

Bell sees the value in the speed of electronic submissions at his shows. He expressed, “One minute! That’s all it takes to submit your entries online. And, the Classic Company stands behind any service that makes horse showing more enjoyable for our exhibitors – less time writing out entries makes for more time with your horses and clients. Entries are legible, which makes our reports more accurate.”

He added, “So many times I get calls from exhibitors telling me that it is the night before their entries are due – what can they do? Using Equestrian Connect will enable them to complete entries for one to a hundred horses, on time! The cost is nominal and I highly recommend it to all exhibitors and horse show managers. Their service is invaluable.”

May 25 12

Submit Your Menlo Charity Horse Show entries on June 4, 2012

To our valued exhibitors,

We are thrilled to announce the 2012 Menlo Charity Horse Show will be accepting electronic entries submitted through Equestrian Connect. We are committed to enhancing our exhibitor services, and know that you will appreciate our streamlined entry process, which now eliminates the need for printing and overnight delivery services. In an effort to reduce paper flow and entries sent via mail, I want to encourage you to submit your entries electronically. All entries are date and time stamped when you submit them electronically and will be received accordingly. We anticipate 2012 to be an over sold year. There is a lot of excitement with the new footing for the grand prix field and beautiful new jumps for the main hunter ring.

Equestrian Connect is FREE for all Menlo entries plus Equestrian Connect has agreed to help set up an account for you by June 1, 2012 during their normal business hours at no cost to you either. If you are interested please contact them at info@equestrianconnect.com requesting assistance or sign up on your own at www.equestrianconnect.com. For data entry support please allow 5 business days.

Equestrian Connect is a web-based entry service for doing horse show entries to over 800 shows nationally and Canada. This is our third year working with them. In past years, the service made entries more efficient by centrally storing your entry data, so completing the entries took minutes, rather than hours. However, you still had to print and mail the forms to the show office. This year, you can now submit the entries electronically via Equestrian Connect, with just a click of button.

Again, we strongly encourage you to use Equestrian Connect to streamline your entry process and help reduce the paper flow for Menlo Charity Horse Show. We believe it will save all of us time and money by submitting your entries online and not physically mailing them. If you prefer to hand write your entries, the entry form and prize book with be available to download on Menlo’s website at www.menlohorseshow.org. Either way we look forward to seeing you at Menlo in August. Online entries will be available, June 4, 2012 at 9 a.m. PDT.

Regards,

Betsy Glikbarg
President
Menlo Charity Horse Show

May 18 12

Hampton Classic Entries Can Be Filed Online Through Equestrian Connect!

Bridgehampton, NY—May 14, 2012

The prize list for the 2012 Hampton Classic Horse Show is now available on line through the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, and will be mailed to exhibitors in late May.

The Hampton Classic is also excited to announce that this year, for the first time, exhibitors can submit their entries electronically through Equestrian Connect, a web service for completing horse show entry forms online. Last year, Hampton Classic exhibitors used the service to complete entry forms, but were required to print, sign and mail them with payment. Now, exhibitors can use their accounts to submit their entries with a click of their mouse.

“We are excited to offer our exhibitors the opportunity to submit entries electronically in addition to the old fashioned way,” said Shanette Cohen, Hampton Classic executive director. “We are always committed to offering the absolute best services to our exhibitors. Last year, we were delighted with the entry forms we received through Equestrian Connect. They were legible, and complete, saving valuable time for our horse show staff.

“Now we can make things easier for our exhibitors. And, we are thrilled that Equestrian Connect is offering exhibitors a free 45-day trial period, beginning when our entries go online, which allows exhibitors to try the service cost-free. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”

Barbara Phillips, Equestrian Connect co-founder, commented, “Online entries through our service is a natural next step. Exhibitors not only save time completing entries, they now save time and money by submitting them electronically – no more delivery costs, even when you wait until the last minute.”

The 37th annual Hampton Classic returns, August 26–September 2, for another year of exciting equestrian competition, luxurious shopping, and activities with something for every member of the family. Set amidst the splendor of Long Island’s spectacular Hamptons, near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of the Hamptons’ summer season.

This year’s Hampton Classic features some exciting changes to its competition schedule. Opening Day activity will see the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge move to the morning as opposed to the afternoon when it has been held in past years. Following the conclusion of that class and Classic will host the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, which debuted at the Classic last year. This will mark an unprecedented opportunity for hunter exhibitors to compete in the Hampton Classic’s famed Grand Prix Ring.

After many years as an Opening Day tradition, the Classic’s Lead Line classes will be held on Grand Prix Sunday. Lead Line will be held in the newly named Anne Aspinall Ring, formerly Hunter Ring I. In addition, the short-stirrup competition, also traditionally held on Opening Day, will now take place on Wednesday in the Annex Ring.

The Hampton Classic is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and features competitors at every level from Lead Line to Olympic veterans in the Classic’s feature event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv. In addition, live streaming of many competitions will be available through Shownet (www.shownet.biz).

Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable corporation. Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show can be found at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177.

May 18 12

Vermont Summer Festival Now Accepting Electronic Entries

East Dorset, Vermont — Competitors taking part in the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival, running July 4 through August 12 in East Dorset, VT, can now submit their entries electronically thanks to a new partnership with Equestrian Connect, a leading online service for horse show entry.

In 2011, Vermont Summer Festival exhibitors were able to use Equestrian Connect’s service to fill out their entry forms, but then had to print and mail them in. This year, there’s no printing required! Full electronic submissions are now available, offering Vermont Summer Festival competitors both convenience and excellent customer service.

“Electronic entry submissions was the natural next step for our service,” said Barbara Phillips, Equestrian Connect co-founder. “Both exhibitors and horse show managers were asking for it. We’ve been very happy with how quickly the market is adopting this new capability.”

Equestrian Connect launched its entry service in 2010. In the last two years, it has attracted more than 6,500 members. The company posts entry forms for more than 800 USEF A/AA hunter/jumper shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival is the first show series in its region to accept entries electronically through Equestrian Connect.

“We are committed to offering our exhibitors the best experience possible, whether it is before, during and even after our horse shows,” explained Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director for the Vermont Summer Festival. “Doing entries has historically been a laborious process, and we are thrilled to make the entry process as easy as possible for this year’s Vermont Summer Festival.”

Veteran Vermont Summer Festival competitor, Valerie Renihan of Findlay’s Ridge in North Salem, New York, said, “I love the idea! I used Equestrian Connect last year to submit my entries. Being able to do everything electronically this year, and not having to print everything out, saves me a big step. I’m sure a lot of people will take advantage of it.”

Equestrian Connect is available for a 45-day free trial. Once the free trial period ends, exhibitors have two pricing options: $49.99 for an annual subscription per horse, or $8 per entry form. For more information about Equestrian Connect, or to submit your entries online for the Vermont Summer Festival, please visit EquestrianConnect.com.

Entries for the first three weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival are due by June 8, while entries for weeks four through six are due by June 22. The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition and will offer more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

New for 2012, the first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. During Week Six, the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, August 11. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will now be held each Thursday.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). Please e-mail us or visit our website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.

May 4 12

Submit entries electronically for HITS Saugerties thanks to Equestrian Connect

HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that exhibitors will now be able to submit their entries electronically to the HITS-on-the-Hudson show series in Saugerties, New York. This follows HITS’ March announcement that they would accept electronic entry submissions for the Culpeper horse show series, and is part of HITS’ commitment to streamline the entry process for its exhibitors. Equestrian Connect is the leading online service for completing horse show entry forms electronically.

“We accepted electronic entries through Equestrian Connect at the first Culpeper show, and were happy with the process and have received positive feedback from exhibitors there,” said HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri. “It is great to expand the service to our Saugerties shows as well.”

Until now, exhibitors have used Equestrian Connect to complete their entry forms online, but have been required to print, sign and mail the forms with payment. In 2012, Equestrian Connect made electronic submissions possible, offering a major convenience upgrade to trainers, owners and riders.

“I put all the information for my horses and riders into the system and it literally takes me 10 minutes to enter between 15 and 20 horses per horse show,” said Danielle Torano, Equestrian Connect customer and HITS Saugerties exhibitor. “I have used other services and this is by far the easiest – it makes the process very simple.”

Equestrian Connect launched its entry service in 2010. In the last two years, Equestrian Connect has attracted more than 6,500 members. The company posts entry forms for more than 800 USEF A/AA hunter/jumper shows throughout the United States and Canada. The company’s new electronic entry submission feature has experienced good responses from horse show managers and exhibitors alike. The majority of California horse show managers have adopted it. HITS is the first company on the east coast to offer it, however, electronic entry submission through Equestrian Connect is also offered by the 2012 Hampton Classic, Ryegate, Skidmore College, Saratoga Classic, and Equus Events.

“Electronic entry submissions was the natural next step for our service,” commented Barbara Phillips, Equestrian Connect co-founder. “Both exhibitors and horse show managers were asking for it and we’ve been very happy with how quickly the market is adopting this new capability.”

Equestrian Connect is available for a 45-day FREE trial. The trial doesn’t begin until the first entries are created. Once the trial is over, exhibitors have two pricing options, including $49.99 for an annual subscription per horse or $8 per entry form. For more information about Equestrian Connect, please visit EquestrianConnect.com.

The HITS Saugerties Show Series will get underway May 23 with three consecutive weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Action returns to HITS-on-the-Hudson July 18 to kick-off three weeks of summer showing, including the New York Horse & Pony Show and the Children’s Hunter Pony Final. The last two weeks of competition begin August 29 and will cap the season with HITS Championship Weekend.

Apr 24 12

Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show Accepts Entries Submitted Online Via Equestrian Connect

Horse show committed to streamlining process for exhibitors.

The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show (SCHS) today announced that exhibitors can now electronically submit their entries through Equestrian Connect.

Equestrian Connect is a web service for completing horse show entry forms online. Last year, exhibitors used the service to complete entry forms, but were required to print, sign and mail them with payment. Now, exhibitors can use their accounts to submit their entries with a click of their mouse. No more printing or mailing, or paying expensive overnight delivery charges.

Adele Einhorn, SCHS executive director, commented, “We are committed to offering the best services to our exhibitors. Last year, we were delighted with the entry forms we received through Equestrian Connect. They were legible, and our exhibitors told us they saved hours of time filling out forms for multiple horses and multiple weeks. We are thrilled to now offer those exhibitors the ability to submit entries electronically.

Barbara Phillips, Equestrian Connect co-founder, commented, “Online entries through our service is a natural next step. Exhibitors not only save time completing entries, they now save time and money by submitting them electronically – no more delivery costs, even when you wait until the last minute.”

Equestrian Connect is a two year old service with over 6,300 members that posts entry forms for over 800 USEF A/AA hunter/jumper shows nationally.

Kim Prince, of Snowbrook Farm in Hume, Virginia, used Equestrian Connect to complete her entry forms for the 2011 SCHS shows.  She commented, “I saved hours of time last year using Equestrian Connect, and loved how neat they looked. Electronic entries will be even better.  I appreciate the convenience that the horse show office is providing us, and hope many more shows follow their example.”

Equestrian Connect is available to exhibitors for a 45 day FREE trial. The trial doesn’t begin until the first entries are created. Once the trial is over, exhibitors have two pricing options: $49.99 for an annual subscription per horse, or $8.00 per entry form.