Staying on the road!
Editorial cartoonist Frank Tyger wrote “Discoveries are often made by not following instructions , by going off the main road, by trying the untried”. Although I believe this advice does help one lead an interesting life, it is not good advice for someone entering a dressage show!
How can you, as a competitor, help keep me, the show secretary, from going off the main road? As a show secretary I much prefer the words of William Faulkner – “Read Read Read”!
- Read the prize list for the show. Not all show prize lists are the same!
- If you are mailing in your entry:
- Watch the closing date. The closing date is NOT the mailing date. The closing date is when entries should have been received by the secretary.
- Write legibly so I can read it. Even though I taught junior high for 37 years, there are some entries I do find undecipherable. Printing is acceptable (except in the signature section!)
- Write your email address carefully. Most of us use email as a communication tool.
- Use a CURRENT entry form! Fees change from year to year. This year USEF fees went from $15.00 to $23.00. People using ‘old’ entry forms have been owing the difference.
- For ALL entries – please be sure the membership/registration numbers you provide are the ones for the horse you are entering. www.eqverification.com is a wonderful resource to use to be sure:
a. you have the proper horse registration numbers
- you have the proper rider/owner/coach member numbers. And it also tells you if these memberships are current!
- the information listed with USEF is the same as that listed with USDF. Perhaps the horse is listed with you as the owner with USEF but is still listed with a former owner with USDF. This can create all kinds of red flags with the show secretary.
- When you have the coggins drawn and your vaccination form completed, please be sure the veterinarian uses your horse’s registered/show name. She can also list the horse’s barn name – but USEF rules require that all documentation submitted at a show matches the registered name of the horse.
Please contact the secretary if you have questions! Most of us love to answer questions in advance. Asking prior to the show really does make life easier all the way around! But a request – when you write or call, please identify yourself and say what show you are entering. Most of us have multiple shows open at any given time, and most shows have different prize lists! If you are greeted by dead silence it means I am trying to remember where I may have met you!
Even more important than READ READ READ are the words of Izaak Walton “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” Remember that you, as the competitor, and I, as the secretary, are on this dressage journey together. Let’s enjoy the good company of one another!