Thank you to everyone for a great 2017 show!

Board of Director Openings

The Rhode Island Equitation Championships committee currently has openings for the 2018 RIEC Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates need to send a letter to Mary Charette. Letters can be emailed to or sent to 516 Spencer Street Fall River, MA 02721. Please include in your letter why you would be an asset to the organization. We need Board members who are willing and able to donate their time, energy and ideas to keep our organization running strong and providing the best possible finals for our members.

Qualifications Change

Attention all Trainers, Exhibitors, Show Managers, Show Secretaries and Stewards! The RIEC Committee is continuing to use the following points-based qualification changes for the 2018 season:

- 10 points will qualify an exhibitor to ride in the finals. (Instead of a win,
   or possible stand-by list invite.)
- All RIHA Medals will require three riders to complete the course for the
   class to fill and count. (Same as before.)
- Riders may continue to compete in medal class even after qualified.
   (Same as before.)
- Points awarded as follows: 1st - 10 points; 2nd - 6 points, 3rd - 4 points,
   4th - 2 points.
- There will be no more stand-by list.

About the RIEC

2018 marks the 38th year for the Rhode Island Equitation Championships. Started in 1980 as a Mini-Medal equitation championship class at a regular rated show, the "RI Finals" has grown over the years and is now its own premier event that includes medal finals for not only the Mini-Medal riders but Adults, Juniors and Modified Adult riders as well.

The show has been held on grass at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, RI; on grass at the University of Rhode Island's Peckham Farm in Kingston; and then again at Glen Farm in Portsmouth in their new sand arena. Each venue holds its own special memories.

This year we are excited to be returning to Heritage Equestrian Center in East Greenwich, RI. Heritage offers us top-notch footing, a large next-10-to-go schooling ring with the same footing, an indoor ring for warming up and a lunging area. Its spacious grass areas holds lots of vendors and offers plenty of horse-free space for our spectators.

We start with the 3-foot divisions first thing in the morning and follow-up with the 2'6" classes in the afternoon. This allows those horses that are being ridden at both heights to do their bigger jumps first.

Given our success the last few years, we are very excited for this year's finals. Each year will be better than the last!

Good luck qualifying and see you at the show!