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Are recognized dressage show entries down overall

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  • Are recognized dressage show entries down overall

    Are they in your area?

    I was just looking at Paxton's results for end of june and I thought there was about 50 classes listed as 'did not fill', and I think 30 that did, but those classes also seemed smaller.

    I don't recall seeing the USEF results actually list any classes labeled 'did not fill' before - is that a new thing to include them in the results? I can't imagine that every class offered always filled before...but I was stunned to see 50 classes labeled 'did ot fill' on their results.

  • #2
    Our local show as down here in the spring. From talking to my other dressage friends that the gas prices and hotel prices were just to high to travel right now.
    Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
    "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"


    • #3
      Not a huge Dressage Area, but Yes

      Yes, both Central and Western NY shows are down....

      Very down....enough to threaten some upcoming shows ability to run.
      Remember courage is not the absence of fear; it is doing what you need to do in spite of your fear. -Sue Foley.


      • #4
        I was looking at the BOD meeting minutes and details the other day and the last rated show hardly broke even. *sigh*
        Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
        "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"


        • #5
          I just got back from one and it was actually oversubscibed!
          Not sure what you mean by class not filled! Some of the classes were small, especially at the higher levels, with only a couple of riders in them, but that has pretty much always been the case!
          Hoppe, Hoppe, Reiter...
          Wenn er faellt dann schreit er...

          Originally posted by mbm
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          • #6
            Originally posted by STF View Post
            I was looking at the BOD meeting minutes and details the other day and the last rated show hardly broke even. *sigh*
            True, but if you are looking at the HDS Katy shows, they had 5 this year instead of the typical 3. So the entries are pretty spread out between the frostbite show, the HDS april and june shows, the HDS Conroe show, windy knollsI and II, and then the fall show. That's alot of shows!
            Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


            • #7
              I know the one weekend of recognized dressage show in my area (for the year!) extended its entry deadline in an attempt to get more entries. I did not see anything suggesting that they would cancel the show, but it seems like fewer people are entering. I get the impression that a lot of people are staying closer to home and doing more schooling shows in an effort to keep the budgets under control.

              Once again, I find myself of dreaming of winning the lottery. My own truck and trailer sound nice right about now, as does a gas/show fund with enough to provide for me and my trainer to take our respective horses a bit farther afield and into more shows. But while the B.O. is the only person with a trailer big enough for some of the "ponies", we're not likely to hike up to Mason City or down toward Kansas City for more recognized shows. For now, we're just going to the closer venues (Adel, Iowa at the Dallas County fairgrounds).

              As an aside, if anyone is going to the Iowa Games or the Iowa Dressage Classic, please let me know. I'd love to say Hi.

              Tracy (and blind Fessor)

              Proud owner of a blind horse.


              • #8
                Originally posted by J-Lu View Post
                True, but if you are looking at the HDS Katy shows, they had 5 this year instead of the typical 3. So the entries are pretty spread out between the frostbite show, the HDS april and june shows, the HDS Conroe show, windy knollsI and II, and then the fall show. That's alot of shows!

                REALLY??? I emailed Christy on one of them and she had a waiting list. I was past entry date. I thought she had a good turn out?
                Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
                "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"


                • #9
                  Our shows have been pretty much normally full so far this year. I was worried at first, but it seems good, and the schooling shows (at least one a month and at my farm I did two back-to-back) have been over filled.

                  I have no idea what "did not fill" means at a dressage show. A class can have one or 30 entries - who cares? It is the score that counts not the placing so we don't count class sizes really. I've never heard that in all the years I've been doing this.

                  BTW the Prix St. Georges class at Dressage at Lexington was HUGE this past weekend. And the rest of the show was pretty healthy, though the breed show seemed a bit smaller than usual.


                  • #10
                    The Paxton Show was quite large. All the stabling was full. The show was well ran and the Paxtons are always wonderful Hosts.


                    • #11
                      I think the increasing size and quality of PSG classes at many shows is an indication of the maturation of dressage across the board in this country. We have more good young horses coming up through the ranks, and more trainers and riders with the capabilities to bring these youngsters along. Maybe we will see a similar upswing in entries and quality at GP sometime within the next 3-5 years.


                      • #12
                        Perhaps slightly down, but not significantly so. Last spring, my area was more affected by EHV-1 scares than by gas prices this year.


                        • #13
                          I was at Paxton also, it was quite large. All the regular classes were quite full.


                          • #14
                            For results for Paxton Farm Shows go to www.HorseShowOffice.com.


                            • #15
                              this just in from another thread:

                              Originally posted by atlatl View Post
                              Very interesting article in this month's AQHA magazine (not the "Journal" but the regular membership magazine).

                              They're worried about declining entries at shows so have a large initiative underway to make shows more accessible....


                              • #16
                                The last time I showed (2nd level) was three years ago. At that time, I had to get my entries in AT LEAST a month, if not six to eight weeks before the closing date in order to get in. NOW..... I have a greenie to show Intro (until he better understands canter departs *G*). On July 11th, I noticed a recognized (GMO) show next Saturday, July 19th. Figured, "too late for that one." Later that day received an e-mail saying they had not filled and were leaving entries open until July 15th and would accept faxed entires. So yes, I'd say entries are down. California usually is a pretty active dressage area, and for a show not to fill WAS unusual. Not anymore, apparently.