3 to fill a class; 1 win to qualify; Can continue to show in it once qualified; Standby list will be kept for non-qualifiers for possible invitation to compete. Points are calculated as follows: 2nd=6, 3rd=4, 4th=2. Qualification ends 2 weeks prior to the Finals.
Open to junior RIHA members who have not reached their 15th birthday and to riders 15–17 years of age who are eligible for limit equitation over fences as of December 1st in the current show year and have not competed in classes in which the entry may be required to jump higher than 3 feet. Fences 2'6".
Adult Mini Medal
Open to Amateur Adult members of the Rhode Island Horseman's Association, who as of December 1 of the current show year have not jumped 3' or higher within the past two show years as a Junior or Adult exhibitor at a recognized show. Fences 2'6".
Open to Junior RIHA members who have not reached their 18th birthday. Fences 3'.
Open to Adult Amateur RIHA members. Fences 3'.
Please visit the RIHA website for the exact specifications and additional information about the qualification rules.
Qualifiers have been posted as of 7/17/16.
Looking for Nominees for the Following Awards:
David Charette Memorial Sportsmanship Award
We are currently looking for nominees for the 2016 David Charette Memorial Sportsmanship Award recipient. Please email Mary Charette at JUMPMUD@aol.com with the name of a person that you would like to nominate, along with a paragraph stating why you think that person is a true sportsman. This award will be presented at the show. Riders, grooms, trainers, parents, family members, siblings and friends are all eligible for nomination. See the Special Awards page for more information.
Peter Kagan Award
We are currently looking for nominees for the Peter Kagan Award. This award will be presented to an equitation horse that has demonstrated commitment, athleticism, heart and longevity in the sport; a horse that returns year after year to qualify and compete in the RI Finals regardless of who the rider or owner is. Horse or pony must be present at the 2016 show. Submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15th, 2016. See the Special Awards page for more information.
Looking for Sponsors, Advertisers and Vendors!! It's that time of year again! Time to reserve ad space in the 2016 RI Finals program! Go to the Sponsors page for more information and to download the Advertiser Letter for sponsorships and ads, and the Vendors page to download the vendor application.
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!