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North American Riders Group Works with Horse Show Management to Improve the Equestrian Sport

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: North American Riders Group
Release Date: 2009-05-08

Wellington, FL -May 8, 2009 - The North American Riders Group (NARG) has been continuing its vision to effectively represent their members by working with horse show management to ensure quality competitions in North America. Recently the NARG has sent letters to different management groups and committees to express members' comments and concerns, and to begin to open the lines of communications to improve the industry.

Recently the NARG sent letters to the management of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Tampa Equestrian Festival to discuss issues such as stabling, traffic, course design, scheduling, and fees. These are issues that affect every competitor and while some shows handle them effectively others could make improvements. The NARG hopes to work with show management on areas that their members feel need improvement to help enhance the equestrian sport.

The NARG has also been working closely with veterinarians to improve the conditions at horse shows. Dr. James Belden D.V.M. wrote a letter explaining the advantages and disadvantages of using a synthetic footing during the Winter Equestrian Festival. Dr. Timothy Ober D.V.M. chose to write a letter to the Winter Equestrian Festival management examining the footing in the International Ring, the FEI Stabling, and the length of the season.

A letter was also sent to the FEI Jumping Committee to examine the different showing fees such as the USEF New Horse Fees, the Yearly Rider/Owner Fees, and the specific fees at a horse show. The FEI Jumping Committee works closely with the governing FEI Bureau to help improve the sport.

"I feel that these letters are the first step in trying to improve competitions," said board member Beezie Madden. "The evaluations that we send out to the horse shows is a way of letting them know what the riders think about their shows. It's a way to communicate with them better and strive to improve each event individually."

Madden continued, "Most of the letters ask for some kind of input back from the management, whether it be a meeting or a conference call, so that we can explain ourselves better and so that they can explain their point of view as well. The hope is that the letters will lead to more communication."

The NARG was founded to represent the viewpoints and interests of all riders, trainers and owners in equestrian sport in North America. The letters and evaluations being sent to the organization committees throughout the community is the first step towards expressing the thoughts and opinions of the NARG and beginning to improve the equestrian sport.

For more information about the NARG or to view these letters, please visit


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