Entries will OPEN for DigitalHorseShow.com’s July Horse Show beginning on July 22, 2020, at 8:00am EST and continuing through July 29, 2020, at 11:59pm EST. The Premier Online Equestrian Experience, DigitalHorseShow.com (DHS) offers a competitive, educational, interactive, and affordable horse show for riders and equestrian fans.
A full horse show delivered digitally and the official sanctioned online horse show competition of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), DHS offers multiple divisions of hunter competition for professionals, juniors, adults, and pony riders (with expanded divisions offered in the coming weeks) at a price of just $25 per class. Sign up today for your chance to be a part of the premier online horse show!
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The inaugural DHS horse show will be judged by Sissy Wickes, a Princeton University graduate, lifelong rider and trainer, USEF “R” licensed judge, freelance journalist, and autism advocate. Her notable resume includes extensive show hunter and jumper experience as a rider and a coach. She sits on the USHJA Board of Directors, the USEF National Breeds and Disciplines Council, and is the President of the Board of Trustees at Hill Top Preparatory School. Sissy is the former Editor at Large of the Plaid Horse Magazine and co-host of The Plaidcast podcast. She lives with her family in Wellington, FL and Unionville, PA.
The courses for DigitalHorseShow.com have been developed by USEF and FEI course designer Ken Krome (USA). Ken is an FEI and USEF “R” licensed judge and course designer and has officiated at the country’s top competitions as well as international events. Ken’s riding career started at age six at his mother’s pony camp, and has been involved with horses practically his whole life. As a junior rider, he rode with George Morris, won the Maryland Medal Finals, placed second in the Virginia Medal Finals and competed three times at the USEF and Maclay Finals. Since then he has won the Five-Year-Old International Jumper Futurity and placed in many Grand Prix classes. He has also been the recipient of many Zone and National Horse of the Year Awards. While at the University of Wyoming on a rodeo scholarship, Ken began judging to support himself. He currently owns and operates K-2 Show Stables in Westminster, MD. He rides, trains, shows, and coaches at competitions up and down the east coast.
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Courses at DHS can be easily replicated at any home barn and outline what obstacles, jump material, and distances should be used, along with the ideal position ringside for the videographer. Riders submit a video of themselves competing over the course at home, and their round will be evaluated by a USEF-licensed official. Once videos have been evaluated by the judge, they are posted online for the DHS community to watch, comment, and give a spectator score.
Those who want to join in and watch the competition can join up for a free Insider membership, while VIP, Premium Competitor, and Elite members get a variety of special perks that bring them even closer to the competition, a full horse show experience delivered digitally. All DHS members must have a USHJA membership number when signing up on the platform. USHJA offers a free Outreach membership, which makes it easy to become a part of the DHS community.
In the live broadcast, the judge chooses top videos to discuss for constructive criticism and feedback. Class winners will be announced, select winners will be interviewed, and DHS members will have a chance to get their questions answered by the judge and special guests. Winners will also be highlighted in the weekly DHS newsletter, and will be awarded a digital ribbon for their efforts – with more prizes to be announced in future events.
VIP, Premium Competitor, and Elite members can interact with the panel/judge during the live broadcast. An Insider member who is signed in can watch and see the comments, while VIP, Premium Competitor, and Elite members can upvote to elevate questions and comments they like the most.
DHS competitions are run using the basic principles and rules for competition of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), while holding horse welfare of the utmost importance. To learn more about the rules and regulations for DigitalHorseShow.com, please read the Terms of Service and Competition Rules and Regulations.
DigitalHorseShow.com will continue to expand as the equestrian industry reacts and changes during this uncertain time, with plans for riding and continuing education clinics, jumper competition, and welcoming additional equestrian disciplines.
DigitalHorseShow.com: Horse Sports for the New Normal. Founded in 2020 by a group of industry leaders with experience in video, show management, entry systems, sales, and marketing, DHS offers a place for equestrians to maintain their competitive edge and receive thoughtful feedback for themselves and their horses. Providing participants with the most affordable way to compete in front of USEF-Licensed Officials, DHS is the official sanctioned online horse show competition of the USHJA and also welcomes a variety of opportunities for other facets of the equestrian community. To learn more, click here.