Thank you to everyone for a great 2016 show!

Qualifications Change

Attention all Trainers, Exhibitors, Show Managers, Show Secretaries and Stewards! The RIEC Committee would like to to announce the following new points-based qualification changes (which starts with the September 11th, 2016 Hunter Ridge Show). Going forward:

- 10 points will qualify an exhibitor to ride in the finals. (Instead of a win,
   or possible stand-by list invite.)
- All RIHA Medals will require three riders to complete the course for the
   class to fill and count. (Same as before.)
- Riders may continue to compete in medal class even after qualified.
   (Same as before.)
- Points awarded as follows: 1st - 10 points; 2nd - 6 points, 3rd - 4 points,
   4th - 2 points.
- There will be no more stand-by list.

About the RIEC

2016 marks the 36th year for the Rhode Island Equitation Championships. Started in 1980 as a Mini-Medal equitation championship class at a regular rated show, the "RI Finals" has grown over the years and is now its own premier event that includes medal finals for not only the Mini-Medal riders but Adults, Juniors and Modified Adult riders as well.

The show has been held on grass at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, RI; on grass at the University of Rhode Island's Peckham Farm in Kingston; and then again at Glen Farm in Portsmouth in their new sand arena. Each venue holds its own special memories.

This year we are excited to be returning to Heritage Equestrian Center in East Greenwich, RI. Heritage offers us top-notch footing, a large next-10-to-go schooling ring with the same footing, an indoor ring for warming up and a lunging area. Its spacious grass areas holds lots of vendors and offers plenty of horse-free space for our spectators.

We start with the 3-foot divisions first thing in the morning and follow-up with the 2'6" classes in the afternoon. This allows those horses that are being ridden at both heights to do their bigger jumps first.

Given our success the last few years, we are very excited for this year's finals. Each year will be better than the last!

Good luck qualifying and see you at the show!