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The Southeastern Thoroughbred Showcase will be offering a special award to recognize the hard work Thoroughbreds used in equine-assisted Therapies have to do. It takes a special horse to handle the demands of the job with such grace and calmness. So it's no surprise Thoroughbreds would be thriving in this career path.
We want to hear about the Thoroughbreds, their journey to life at the center and what work they are doing with the program. Tell us how the center came to be, who are your team members and what services are offered. What do families need to know to engage your Center and get involved in your Program?
We understand most centers are short on funds and can always use more publicity....so we are hosting the Therapy Horse class via a 5 minute video submission and a special award ceremony on Saturday April 7 during the Southeastern Thoroughbred Showcase. Attendance at the Award Ceremony with the Thoroughbred entered is not a requirement to enter. And entry in this class does not prevent the same Thoroughbred from entering other classes at the event.
Details of what is expected in the video can be found on the Rules and Class Descriptions page under Therapy Horse. We will leverage our marketing team to promote entrants videos and their centers. Each organization will also want to tell all their friends and family about the submission as we will open voting on the videos to the general public on April 1 and close it on April 5. So the more people you can get to vote for your Thoroughbred the better chance you have of winning the Therapy Horse Award. We will notify the top 8 placings so they can choose how to attend the special ceremony, but we will not announce the winner until Saturday April 7. The award ceremony will be held in the Gran Prix ring at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. This is the same hallowed ground the Olympic riders galloped across.
While having the Therapy horses present would be ideal, we understand it may not be financially or physically feasible. A representative for the organization should plan to be present to accept awards. Again, we understand there may be a need have a proxy accept the award on behalf of the horse and the center.
Each horse and it's respective center entered in this class will receive a special award regardless of placing.
Scroll down for quick links to important information as it relates to the Therapy Horse Award. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jump to the Rules and Class Description page to see if this class is a fit for your Thoroughbred and program. We are always here to answer questions.
Jump to our entry form. Keep in mind there is an additional form required specific to this class so we can gather additional info about the program.
Showcase your Equine-Assisted Therapy Center in our Vendor Fair, advertise with us in our official program or pick a package that suits your budget. Several options available with a special discount for Therapy Centers.
Interested in sponsoring this class? It is still available! Contact us to discuss sponsorship packages. Custom packages available for every budget.
See who has entered their center and which horse. Don't see your center here? Send them a note and tell them to enter!
Voting for the Therapy Horse Award will open April 1 and close April 5. Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, see who has entered.
So how do you get your Therapy Horse Entered?
STEP 1 - Complete an Entry Form Online (CLICK HERE) or the paper version is available below (Entry Form.PDF)
STEP 2 - Complete the Online Therapy Horse Info Form (CLICK HERE)- This tells us about your program and your horse's role.
STEP 5 - Watch your email for directions on uploading your video submission. It should arrive within 24 hours. It is due by March 22.
STEP 6 - Tell all your clients, friends, family, local news about your entry. The more people voting for you the better your chances of winning!
March 22 - Final day to submit videos.
April 1 - Voting opens
April 5 - Voting closes
April 7 - Awards Ceremony at GA International Horse Park in Conyers, GA
Do we have to pay an Office Fee? Yes, an Office Fee is due for all entries.
Do we have to pay a Stabling or Ship-In Fee? Only if you plan to bring the horse to compete in other classes or attend the award ceremony.
Do we have to sign the Riders Release Forms? Only if you plan to compete the horse in a class other than the Therapy Horse class or bring the horse to the awards ceremony.
Do we have to mail a Coggins with the entry? Only if you plan to compete the horse in a class other than the Therapy Horse class or bring the horse to the awards ceremony.
Who do we enter as the rider on the entry form? If the horse will not be competing in any other classes, then the rider should be the primary point of contact for the Therapy Program.
What if we have a PATH Certified Instructor, but the Organization is not PATH Certified? That qualifies as long as the PATH instructor is working with the Thoroughbred.