2019 Equestrian Competition
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
SOMaine is pleased to announce that our annual Equestrian Competition will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds in Skowhegan. Actual time of competition and a schedule of events will be sent to each coach after the registration deadline of Friday August 23rd, 2019. This event is rain or shine!
Again this year we will offer an in Hands Trail class in addition to Working Trails, Showmanship, English & Western Equitation, Barrel Racing and Unified Team Relay (team consist of athletes & unified partner/non-athlete). Driving will be offered as an event to only those stables that have a certified Equestrian Driving Head Coach. Showmanship will be the first event of the day. Links to all registration materials, SOMaine Equestrian Rules & Regulation along with event patterns are below.
New This Year! LEVEL DS: Coaches will have the opportunity to register athletes that fit the following Level DS description:
Riders will walk only with a leader and side walkers (a greater level of support). Rider is fully assisted and dependent. A leather neck strap or a leather hand hold strap attached to saddle are permitted for the rider to hold.
Coach Education Policy Update: ALL registered coaches (Head of Delegation, Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches) must have a current certification for the following; Class A Volunteer Screening, Protective Behaviors Course and Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Course. You can find these documents/links on our website at www.somaine.org/sports/coachs-corner/become-a-coach/. If not already completed, they MUST be completed by September 28th.
Head of Delegation: This person is responsible for the entire delegation including; athletes, head coaches and assistant coaches. This person will send and receive pertinent information to and from Special Olympics Maine regarding; registration forms, athlete unified partner and coach requirements.
Head Coach Requirements: Every delegation must assign one certified head coach for every sport that they have athletes competing in. This person is responsible for the entire sports team including; athletes, unified partners and assistant coaches. Head coaches will be the liaison between their sports team and SOME.
Assistant Coaches: Anyone registered with your delegation that is not an SO Athlete, Unified Partner, Head of Delegation or Head Coach. Assistant Coaches will include any other support staff or chaperones. They must have completed the minimum coaching requirements in the SOME Coach Education Policy. This can be found on our website at www.somaine.org/sports/coachs-corner/become-a-coach/
Medicals & Consent Forms: ALL Athletes must have current medical & consent forms on file at Special Olympics Maine’s State Office. It is your responsibility to insure that these (2) (current/completed) forms are on file here at our office, for every athlete you plan to bring to the games. If we already have a medical on file for an athlete and it is less than three years old, you don’t need a new one, unless there has been a significant physical/medical change in one of your athletes. You may email Lauren Lessard at LaurenL@somaine.org to check on medicals in your file. We recommend that you make two copies of each medical/release form – keep one file of all medicals in a safe place and have a file with all your athletes’ medicals that travels with you to events. Blank Medical and Consent Forms can be downloaded by going to our website: www.somaine.org/sports/athlete-resources/.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are volunteer opportunities for those who are not currently coaching riders. If you would like to volunteer for SOMaine’s 2019 Equestrian Competition contact Linda Mueller 207-582-8370.
Directions for Completing the 2019 Equestrian Registration Forms
Deadline for ALL forms is August 23rd, 2019
Registration: All State Equestrian Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer Games). This will allow you to complete each registration form electronically with just a click of a button! Once you have submitted a registration form you will receive an email confirmation. We understand that this is a new process and at any time if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Each group MUST complete the following forms: Click on the links below to each registration form
- Equestrian HOD, Head Coach & Assistant Coach Registration Form – completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team). Be sure to list all additional coaches/chaperones attending the games.
- Equestrian Rider Registration – register athletes & unified partners
- Equestrian Horse Profile Registration – must be completed for each horse. A copy of the negative coggins test and proof of rabies vaccine must be sent for each horse as well. We will not allow horses that are known to kick into the competition ring. There will be NO RED RIBBONS as we feel many riders are not able to respond to the possible risk of being kicked by the horse ahead of them. Rough handling of horses will NOT be tolerated!
- Don’t miss the deadline (August 23rd)
- Safety Stirrups & full bridles with appropriate bits must be used on every horse. Click here for more information.
- Chains over or under the nose are not allowed. Any questions regarding safety equipment contact Peg Lawler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-620-6450
- SOMaine Equestrian Rules & Regulations – Rules pertaining to all Equestrian events
- Coaches are not allowed in the ring with their athletes during competition and cannot communicate with any officials during competition.
- All dogs must be on a leash.
Questions? Please call us at 879-0489!