The 2020 North American Championship (an A-Rated show licensed by WE United) will be held August 20 (move in and vet check) through 23, 2020 at the National Equestrian Center, in Lake St. Louis, Missouri!
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The NEC rests on 56 acres in Lake St. Louis, a prestigious western suburb of St. Louis. It offers over 207,000 square feet of continuous under-roof arenas and stabling as well as 42,000 square feet of additional stabling in close proximity to all arenas and amenities.
Our main competition arena will be the indoor West Arena, a generous 120’ x 240’ with an adjoining 80’ x 190’ warm up allowing entrance and egress from multiple gate locations. Riders and equines alike will benefit from and enjoy the world-class GGT™ Fiber Footing installed over GGT™ Butterfly Mats in both arenas. The West Arena also features grand stand and VIP box seating accommodating up to 2,000 spectators in climate-controlled comfort via heating and ventilation plus HVLS fans.
The stalls are easily accessible from the West Arena complex.
In addition, we have at our disposal two additional arena spaces, should entries necessitate additional room for warm up and competition spaces.
The indoor East Arena is a spacious 140’ x 225’ featuring updated Eureka HG Sugar Sand over a chat base that can accommodate a wide variety of competition types. Adjoining this arena is a 65’ x 80’ warm-up with exterior door access and multiple entrance and egress gates. Spectator seating in the East Arena includes both grand stand and round-table seating for up to 350 persons.
If we need the extra room, we can also rent the expansive 240’ x 700’ Outdoor Arena, located just steps outside the stabling areas.
All scores earned since December 1, 2018 at licensed WE Competitions judged by WE United, WAWE, or WAWE-member-nation recognized judges will count for qualification (and, yes, that includes shows licensed by other organizations, provided the judge is recognized by WE United!).
This premier horse show facility was chosen for its excellent amenities and geographic location: the WE United Board of Directors is excited to be able to offer our members located in the more eastern and central regions the opportunity to compete at an event of this caliber.
The dates were selected to avoid conflicts with other large already-existing WE shows, and with a desire to have the Championship as late in the competition season as possible while also at a time when the facility was available.
For those making the journey from outside the area, travel with horses to the St. Louis vicinity should be easy at this time of the year. Temperatures should make travel safe for horses, and mountain passes should still be clear. (At least one of our 2019 competitors was unable to make the trip to participate in the Championship due to hazardous winter weather conditions closing roads along her route; we really want to avoid that happening again!).
A $300 discount on entry fee will be offered for those traveling more than 700 miles (one way) to attend the show, in recognition of the extra expenses incurred during travel.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
Dan Dahlke – $100
Sharon Kinney – $25
Erin Mathews – $25
Want to help underwrite this wonderful event? Donations sent to WE United (a 501(c)(3)) are tax-deductible! You can become a sponsor by sending a check, made out to WE United, to us at our corporate mailing address: 88442 Fisher Rd., Eugene, OR 97402 (be sure to write in ‘2020 Championship’ in the memo section of the check) or via PayPal (WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com)
Eligibility Requirements to Compete for North American Championship Titles
This show is licensed as an A-Rated Show. In the show, horse/rider pairs will either compete for standard, non-Championship awards or North American Championship Awards. All riders, regardless of their prior competition experience, are welcome to compete at this show, but in order to compete for the North American Championship titles, horse/rider pairs must have demonstrated their competence by earning an average of 58% or higher in Dressage and Ease of Handling (and not disqualifying in Speed if Novice A and above) at at least one licensed WE show, with a judge licensed by WE United, WAWE, or a WAWE-member nation, held in North America between December 1, 2018 and August 16, 2020. However, there will be no limitation related to residency/country of origin at this Championship. All competitors at the competition must be current members of WE United with WE United Horse Recording numbers, but qualifying scores can be earned prior to joining WE United, provided official results to verify the scores are available. You do not need to have qualified prior to entering. Those who have not earned qualifying scores prior to August 16 will be scheduled in the non-Championship A-Rated classes, while those who have qualified will compete in the Championship A-Rated classes.
Wayne Hipsley, S, KY
Lori Fisher, WI
North American Championship A-Rated Division
Ribbons, 1st– 5thfor the top five finishers in each trial (Dressage, EOH, and Speed)
Neck Sashes, 1st– 6thfor the top six overall finishers in each class.
Special Awards for the North American Champion and North American Reserve Champion in each class.
Non-Championship A-Rated Show
Ribbons, 1st– 5thfor the Overall Placings in each class.
Championship Title Classes:
$650 Entry Fee for Novice A – Masters
$500 Entry Fee for Children’s and Introductory Level
Non-Championship Classes: $500 Entry Fee (includes all trials offered)
Office Fee: $50 per horse/rider (Not refundable, even with veterinarian/doctor excuse)
Stall Fee: $200 per stall, whether used for stabling or tack. This fee covers stall use from Wednesday, August 19 – Monday, August 24 (must be vacated by noon on Monday). Additional days can be reserved for $40/day per stall. All stalls with horses must be bedded with a minimum of 2 bags of shavings at all times, per the facility requirements. No outside shavings are allowed. Shavings can be purchased from the facility for the going market rate at the date of our event (currently $8/bag).
In acknowledgment of the extra expenses incurred by those traveling from long distances, we offer a discount of $300 on entry fees for horses traveling 700 or more miles, one way, for the show.
How does the Committee decide on the cost of the entry fee? The show committee works hard to keep costs down, yet there are certain expenses that have to be covered. The largest expense, by far, covers personnel costs. The U.S. Rules for Working Equitation require that A-Rated Show classes be judged by a minimum of two high-level judges (“R” is the lowest-level judge able to officiate). A licensed Technical Delegate is also required to be in attendance throughout the competition (including move-in day when the veterinary inspections take place). The Show Committee will be hiring a Show Secretary to ensure that all paperwork is in order and competitors’ needs are met throughout the event. We will have an announcer to help keep things running smoothly as well as to run the music. In addition, the show must have on-site (not just on call) the following personnel throughout the competition: veterinarian, farrier, and EMT. For officials/staff who do not live in the area, the entry fees must cover plane fare and parking fees in their home airport, hotel rooms, meals, and transport while at the show, in addition to daily honorariums.
After staffing, the next biggest expense is the facility itself. Facility costs include: arena rental (both the competition arena and warm-up arenas must be paid for), costs to work the footing in the arenas to keep it in good shape for competitors, manure disposal, stall rental, shavings purchase, office rental, and clean up costs all must be factored in.
Awards generally comprise the next biggest expense. We want the awards to be appropriate for a Championship Show – this means nice neck sashes for the overall champions, trophies/other high-end awards or Champion and Reserve, and high-quality rosettes for those who do well in the individual trials.
We are planning to produce and print keepsake Show Programs to help commemorate the Championship. The cost to design and print the high-quality show programs is budgeted at $2000, an amount based on prior events of this stature. As always, there is also an insurance premium to pay as well as a variety of office supplies (one goes through quite a bit of ink at a show this large!).
Do you like the idea of cash prizes? Entries in either the North American Championship or Non-Championship division are encouraged to enter the optional $100 Pay-To-Play Dressage and EOH Sweepstakes. For the Sweepstakes, competitors’ Dressage and EOH scores will be added together (the Speed trial will not be included in the Sweepstakes to enable Intro level riders to compete as well). All sweepstakes money contributed will be paid out to the TOP FIVE finishers, based on their Dressage and EOH scores combined, regardless of level. Examples of payout amounts, based on different # of people entering the Sweepstakes, will be displayed in a table in the Show Premium (coming soon!).
ENTRIES CLOSE July 22, 2020!
The Show Committee is committed to having a well-organized, well-run show. To help ensure that show officials have enough time to enter all competitors’ information into the show software, print class lists, etc., we are requesting your help in getting entry materials sent in on time. All entries must be received before July 22. Please be sure to enter well in advance or EMAIL your entry and pay your fees by PayPal. If the entry is received after the deadline, it will be considered late and will not be eligible for entry. No exceptions will be granted to this entry deadline. Given the uncertainty of the postal service, we highly recommend signing up online (see link, at top of page) well in advance and/or sending your entry and check with a guaranteed delivery date. Please do NOT require a signature for delivery if mailing (doing so can delay your entry receipt date).
In the event you must cancel for health reasons, 50% of your entry fees are refundable with signed letter from veterinarian or doctor documenting inability to compete for health reasons, if received by August 18, 2020. The only refunds that will be issued after August 18 are for horses eliminated during the Veterinary Inspection on August 20 will be eligible for refund of entry fee. No refunds will be made for reasons unrelated to health. Substitutions of horses/riders ARE allowed provided they are emailed to WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com by August 10, 2020.
The competition will use the United States Rules for Working Equitation. Please make sure you have a copy of the current rules. They can be found on www.WEUnited.us— go to the link for “Rules & Dressage Tests”.
All horses must be registered with WE United. Lifetime Horse Recording with WE United is 100% free! Go to: https://goo.gl/forms/Hjn40NAe81aT2HRL2to register your horse.
Use of helmets is encouraged for all competitors and is required for all riders 18 years or younger whenever they are mounted.
All horses must have a current negative Coggin’s Test and Health Certificate to be allowed on the grounds. Please bring a copy with you to leave with the show office when you check in.
Wednesday, August 19: Early arrival. The show office will not yet be staffed on this day, and horses are not allowed in the competition arenas, although we will have one warm up arena designated for use, to enable your horses to stretch their legs after their journey.
Thursday, August 20: Official move in day! Please plan to arrive by 3 pm.
9:00 AM Show office opens, marking the official start of the show.
3 PM – 6 PM Veterinary Inspection. All competing horses must pass veterinary inspection.
Veterinary Inspection procedure: All horses must be presented in hand by the people who will be riding them in the competition. Horses must be presented unsaddled in either the bridle they will be using during the competition or in a halter. Entry numbers must be affixed to the horse’s bridle/halter or worn by the competitor. Horses will be asked to stand for inspection, and will be asked to walk and trot in hand so the vet can verify their health and soundness prior to the start of the competition. Any horses deemed by the veterinarian as unfit for competition based on signs of lameness or potential illness shall not be permitted to compete (refund of entry fee applies. Stall & Office Fees are non-refundable).
6:30 PM Exhibitor Meeting, Welcome Party & Socializing (not required, but we’d love to have people participate).
Friday, August 21
Dressage Trial: Start time TBA
Saturday, August 22
Ease of Handling Trial: Start time TBA. Order of go is reverse order of placings after Dressage.
6:30 PM Progressive Barn Party. Please gather at the barn area to celebrate the 2020 North American WE Championship. We ask that people group together to provide fun-themed snacks/beverages to share as people progress from one section of the barn to the other (the ‘best welcome booth’ will receive a $100 cash award!).
Sunday, August 23
EOH Trial: Start time TBA — finishing up the last of the EOH classes.
Speed Trial: Start time: TBA. Order of go is reverse order of placings after EOH.
6:00 PM Awards Ceremony– All who are receiving Overall Awards (Champion through 6thplace in each National Championship class and through 5thplace in each A-Rated Show class, please come, mounted on your horse, in full show tack and attire, suitable for awards photos. We anticipate the Awards Ceremony will last approximately one hour.
Monday, August 24
Move out day – all stalls must be vacated by 10:30 am to enable the facility crew to clean in preparation for the next group coming in.
Those who attended our first North American Championship in 2019 have been busy sharing the great memories from that show. There was a lot of laughter and enthusiastic support for all involved. We’re looking forward to making our 2020 Championship every bit as fun and welcoming as our Championship shows in 2017 and 2019. We hope you can join us!
ACCOMMODATIONS & LODGING:
From comfortable and close-by hotels to on-site RV hook ups, NEC has a variety of options to house everyone involved.
R.V. Pads: NEC offers 63 RV spaces with electrical and water hook ups, with scheduled dump services available upon request. 30-amp power hookup available for $35/day or night, and 50-amp power hookup available for $50/day or night.
The Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express, both located within 5-miles in nearby O’Fallon, are two excellent options for lodging with attractive room rates and numerous amenities. The Hilton Garden Inn – O’Fallon is less than three miles away, and guests of this hotel will enjoy room discounts and free shuttle service to the NEC.
NEC’s stabling capacity spans six (6) barns with 565 10’x10’ chat-floor stalls with electrical outlets. Stalls in Barn Six may be converted to 10’ x 20’ upon request (additional fee applies). Every stabling barn includes climate-control heating/ventilation, fans, multiple hot/cold wash racks, plus comfortable showers and restrooms. Additionally, Barn One has an established farrier/veterinary bay with electricity, water and access to the barn’s exterior. For your convenience, stall bedding is sold by the Facility and delivered directly to stalls on move-in day and/or throughout the event term as needed.
About the Area
The National Equestrian Center is located 16 miles from Lambert International Airport and two major interstates, I-40/64 and I-70, making this an easily accessible facility.
St. Louis is a family-friendly vacation destination offering a variety of activities and attractions, many with free public admission:
- the St Louis Zoo
- Historic Forest Park, home of the 1902 World’s Fair
- the St Louis Gateway Arch, “Gateway to the West”
- the St. Louis Cardinals
- Missouri Botanical Gardens
- Clydesdale friendly Grants Farm
- the Magic House
- the Butterfly House
- Six Flags Amusement Park
- plus multiple Casinos and so much more
A multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities present all within 2-5 miles of the facility.