Is anyone familiar with using Fox Village to organize dressage shows? We may be using it for a recognized, 2 day, multi ring show. Someone told me it's simple, and another person said it was a nightmare of complexity. :D Are there issues with it that we should be aware of? and are there particular strengths or weaknesses with the program?
It is a nice program, but it doesn't come with instructions, so that makes it seem very complex. On the site is a "handy book" that one of the users wrote, but it could use a little help.
Scheduling is easy with the program, scoring is great, and the best part is the ability to send in the show results to USEF and USDF by email. Poof! Done!
We use it for our schooling shows (which often have 90-100 ride times).
Do yourself a favor, and get someone who knows it to work with you the first time around. We are lucky to have such a person. Have that person make "recipe cards" for how to do certain things, which reports you use for posting scores, which size stall cards you use, which size labels fit on the avery labels you have.... etc.
The devils are in the details.
Or, do a dry run with imaginary horses/riders. Actually, do a dry run anyway!
That being said, scheduling is a snap. It will check for conflicts in one horse/one rider ride times (if you have multiple rings) - but not for trainer-student ride time conflicts
Be aware it will split a class to put lunch in at the designated time... even if it is one rider, then lunch, then the other 10 rides. THIS is my pet peeve about FV- scheduled shows.
Pete Jorgensen created and owns the program. He posts under the name "Foxvillage" here from time to time and I'm sure he can give you a "leg up" on the program. It's GREAT!
Below is his coth profile info.
Actually, the software is flexible enough for any break or lunch to be scheduled at any time. It doesn't automatically break a class for lunch. If that is happening at a show using Foxvillage, the person who scheduled the show is doing that. Sometimes if the math just doesn't work - large classes, etc - then a secretary may have to break a class for lunch.
Originally Posted by lorilu
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love the Foxvillage program, quick and easy to use. The only drawback I have been able to see, is that when checking for rider conflicts, please ensure you check for both horse and rider. Especially for those riders who compete with more than 1 horse.
It is a really nice program and I've found Pete to be super helpful. I think the easiest way to learn the program is to give yourself plenty of time, set up a "pretend" horse show and have at it. Once you get the hang of it, it makes everything so much easier for a real horse show!
And if you are scheduling a schooling show, you might check for conflicts between trainer and student. We try to do that.
Pete, thanks for the info about lunch. We don't do it at our shows, but it has happened to friends at rated shows here in N Central Fla.....
We just used it for the fourth time. Every time it gets easier.
We recently just posted both a Quickstart Guide (to replace the HandyBook) and a full manual (550+ pages!). Both can be downloaded from the www.foxvillage.com website.