Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Year End Awards

I feel like I haven't talked about ribbons in awhile.

THE HORRORS, I know.

"wait, does this mean more shows?!"
nope! just trail rides until the snow comes!

This morning I sent off my reservation for my GMO's year end award banquet next month along with my two-page completed log form of twenty six recorded hours of trail riding for the Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program. Opie is coming up on his one year off the track anniversary, and I felt pretty dang proud I was able to get both of those in before that day. 

And then of course it also inspired me to blog about year end awards to make sure everyone has a fair chance at ribbons. At least everyone with a Thoroughbred. 

The long and short is: move to central New York and you can join my GMO, fight tooth and nail for volunteer hours that no one wants to give you, hopefully make it to at least two of their often weirdly inconveniently scheduled shows, and get a year end ribbon or two from them as well!

No, just kidding. Don't ever move to this awful state.

year end champion of keeping himself clean in the mud

I actually want to talk about the Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP). Most of you are probably aware of this program, and probably randomly signed your horse up for a TIP number on the off chance you ran into any of their sponsored classes/shows during the year. It's free and easy, and another chance at an extra ribbon. (Unless you go to a show that says they're offering the TIP awards, but then don't actually bother going through with it even though you checked to see that they were. Ahem, Houghton...)

However, they also offer their own year end awards! The shows don't even have to be TIP sponsored to qualify for points.

There are divisions ranging from the standard dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper to western and in-hand. You can find the full list here.

You record your results throughout the year online via their super easy reporting form. Fill in a couple boxes, select the appropriate drop down tabs, and they calculate the points for you. The only thing I've found difficult about this is when shows don't report their results online. You need to submit verification of your results, so if you can't provide a website link, you need to fill out a reporting form and have the show secretary sign off. I didn't start recording my results online until the middle of the year, so I've had to email the reporting form off for the two shows I competed in that don't have online results. Next year I'll know to just bring the form with me and have them sign it quickly when I'm done riding. 

Results for those don't come out until February, but in the meantime, get on your pony and ride because you can also take advantage of their recreational riding offerings.

award winning show horses right here. clearly. that's opie
splashing everyone while mo goes scuba diving.

The recreational riding incentive program includes trail rides, endurance rides, hunts, and hunter paces. There's a form to print off to log in your hours for each ride. Every time you hit an award level--starting with 25 hours--you send off the form and get back the assigned prize for each level. Opie will get a patch with his hours, and then we keep plugging away to hit 100 hours and a hat. It's a great way for people that don't show as much or at all--or for people like me that show a lot, but still looooove trail riding--to participate. Plus there is no timeline for hours. Start whenever and finish whenever; hours are cumulative.

planning on hitting a new park next week.

Is anyone planning on submitting their results from this year to the Jockey Club for a chance at year end awards? What about their trail riding prezzies? Or do you have your own association's year end awards coming up? Tell me all about your future satin!!

26 comments:

  1. I can't do the TIPS thing since I have an unregistered pony of unknown origin but my local show series, the Dayton Local Show Circuit, does a wonderful series of hunter and dressage shows that do year end awards. I find it does motivate to show a bit more and get out when I am feeling a bit lazy. I'm lucky to live somewhere affordable that I can show multiple dressage schooling shows within an hour of my farm that are $20 a class, $15 admin fee, and also have year end awards. Not sure if I will ever bother to do rated shows again.

    Sounds like you have had a great year and I've enjoyed seeing your progress with Opie. Happy trail riding!

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    1. I'd be able to do more of my GMO's shows if I didn't show recognized as well, but I like doing both--although the cheaper entry fees are definitely nice!

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  2. There is a "Ride and Drive" program similar to your trail riding one - they don't require it to be trail riding miles specifically, just any riding time. The purpose is to encourage people to get out and ride, regardless of what kind :) I thought it was a neat program and Annie and I can get a little stainless steel water bottle!! I was thinking of entering it next year.

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    1. Ooh do it! I'm all about incentives!

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  3. "randomly signed your horse up for a TIP number on the off chance you ran into any of their sponsored classes/shows during the year." - guilty! I'm the worst at tracking/submitting this kind of thing, but I'll try.
    There aren't many TIP classes near me, but I am hoping to take Cupid to the Thoroughbred Classic horse show in Southern California next year!!

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  4. Ugh! Mikey was registered with TIP when it was fairly new- he never got a number and I just had to bring his Jockey Club foaling paper with me to events and the organizers would put a check mark next to his name for TIP awards. He was on the website for a while with his BN TIP award from one of our first events.

    I am so glad you can submit your own results from shows that don't offer TIP! That's so exciting. I can't wait to see what you guys get!

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    1. I'm so glad they let you submit non-TIP shows because there are next to none around here in dressage land. We probably won't end up with anything because there are about 600 horses in contention, but it was fun to do anyway!

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  5. oooh thanks for sharing with this. I got a TIP for runkle but never did anything with it, But I should totally do it for spicy!!

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    1. spicy now has a TIP number and 3 hours of our recent trail riding adventures logged.

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  6. I did the points for my moms mare I have been riding. Im not sure how it will work though since Im in Ontario and they dont offer the same division that we did in the US. We will wait and see!

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  7. These are great programs! I think it's nice to feel a sense of accomplishment at completing something even if you're not competing. Congrats on getting all those things accomplished before Opie's anniversary off the track!

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    1. Logging my trail hours has definitely made me get out there more this year than I usually do, and that's certainly not a bad thing!

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  8. Our local h/j show circuit does GREAT year end awards, but they also have like 20 shows in a year and you basically have to go to them all to be competitive. The A circuit also has a club, but same thing- too many shows. Maybe one years Rio and a I can snag one, but it definitely wont be this year!

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    1. The local h/j circuit where I lived in PA was like that--you had to do a ton of shows to be in contention for year end awards. My GMO only requires two of their shows and then it's calculated by the average of scores which is totally doable.

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  9. I had signed Carlos up for TIP when it first came out, we all know how that story went though...

    Congrats on your awards!

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    1. I wasn't ever able to get anything done with it for Bobby either. Just makes me want to take fuller advantage of it now.

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  10. I don’t have a TB but I’d sign up if I did. The reward for just getting out and having fun is awesome.

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    1. Prezzies for trail riding is the best idea ever.

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  11. You, it's amazing how much you've accomplished in just 1 year. (or is that slightly further away? How long was he off the track before you got him?)

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    1. Wow. Wow.... not you. Holy crap I am so braindead.

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    2. I bought him off the backside 10/21 and he was entered to race 10/23 when he instead got his first ride post-track with me.

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  12. i really should do more research into the TIP program.... charlie's registered and we've won one of those pretty ribbons once. but.... other than that i really haven't looked into it

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  13. With how much you guys hack out you should at least track your hours for the trail riding program!

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