Virtual Western Dressage Shows
If you are trying to enter Show #3 and have been told by JotForm that entries closed BEFORE midnight, please re-try. JotForm was having some issues earlier, but we have been given to understand that this has been fixed. When we just now tested our link for entering a show, from this website, we were able to get in with no problem. Entry submission time on JotForm has been extended until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sept 1), Daylight Savings Time, to allow for entries that could not get in before midnight due to the difficulties.
If you are still unable to enter, please hit F5 (refresh) on your computer. If it still gives you problems, please send your entry information to us DIRECTLY. You will still be able to make your payment through our website on the Enter a Show page.
August 28, 2016
TECHNICAL TIPS FOR VIDEOS
Check our "You Asked..." page for a couple of links to useful information about the technicalities of uploading videos to YouTube!
PDF files of score sheets have now been sent out to all riders who took part in Virtual Show #2. They were emailed TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU GAVE ON YOUR ENTRY FORM, so please be sure that you double check the email address when you complete the Entry Form. Although we take every care in calculating your score, do check the score yourself, too. Mistakes can happen at shows of every type and level. Be sure to take note of the Judge's comments!
If you don't see your score sheets in your mail...
Ribbons will be mailed out within the next few days. Please remember that Canada Post is still in negotiations and we're still at their mercy. If you're interested in keeping up with what's going on with the mail, you can check on it HERE. In the meantime, we will continue to use the mail system as usual.
PAYING BY PAYPAL
We've been advised of a couple of instances of the PayPal button not working on the "Enter a Show!" page on this website when attempting to pay entry fees for Virtual Show #3 in the last week. We have checked it and it is functioning properly. Please let us know if you have any problems with this and we will investigate it further.
VIDEOS FOR SHOW #3
Entries are open for Virtual Show #3! The closing date is August 31. Enter the show HERE.
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT YOUR VIDEO:
SHOW #2 RESULTS
Results are now up for Virtual Show #2. There were some fantastic scores and we warmly congratulate the riders and horses who achieved them! We also want to thank everyone who competed and our very efficient Judge, Gisela Mantler. Your support and participation are always valued and needed! Again, remember that a show is almost like a mini-clinic with a particular Judge. Her comments are your "homework". Soon, you'll be receiving a in PDF file of your test by email - take the time to read the comments!
A couple of thoughts about Show #2:
SHOW #1 RIBBONS
Unfortunate delays due to pending Post Office job action resulted in a delay in everyone receiving the ribbons from the May show. However, we're getting reports that folks have been receiving them over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy the beautiful ribbons - you earned them!!
The first virtual Western Dressage show of 2016 is now behind us. It was such a huge success - 92 rides!!! That's a great turnout for any show; live or virtual. So, again, a big Thank You to everyone who participated and competed, as well as our Judge, Ineke Boa, and all the volunteers. There was fun, there was good competition AND there was a lot we all took away with us! We hope that everyone took the time to read their score sheets, which were emailed to everyone in PDF format. Remember, the Judge's comments are a little "mini-lesson" in themselves!
So, since virtual shows make such a fantastic learning platform, we'd like to share some of the ideas and questions that came our way from the judge and riders since the first show.
FROM THE RIDERS:
Q. When do we get our ribbons?
A. Ribbons are mailed out around the same time as scores are posted. Ribbons for the first show were mailed out the week of July 11th. Unfortunately, even though they are mailed First Class, we cannot track them or predict how fast they will get to you. Sending them out by registered mail would become very expensive very quickly, which is not what anyone wants. We have been told that Canada Post is still in negotiations with the Postal Workers, which may or may not have a bearing on our situation. So, we'll keep our fingers crossed and give it a little longer. In the meantime, the Results Page will continue to list everyone's scores and show all the placings in each class.
FROM THE JUDGE:
You may not realize it, but it takes much, much longer to judge a virtual test than to judge a live ride! No matter what the judge does, she is still stuck with only the view she is shown through the video camera lens. Your job is to make sure that the judge sees ALL your best moves and has a good view of both you and the horse, clearly seeing that each movement is completed and how well it was performed, that you followed all the rules and that you and the horse both performed to your best ability. To ensure this, 1. please read the Rules & Guidelines and Enter a Show pages. Both give a lot of valuable information whose sole purpose is to help you succeed. And, 2. read our Judge's comments, below! By carefully following each and every guideline, you give yourself and your horse the best chance at the highest score you can achieve.
In short, show your very best work, help your horse put his best foot forward and, of course, have fun!