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Thank you to everyone for a great 2019 show!

About the RIEC

2020 marks the 40th 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; back again at Glen Farm in Portsmouth in their new sand arena, and in for the past few years in the lovely stonedust arena at Heritage Farm Equestrian Center. Each venue holds its own special memories.

CONTINUED for 2020!!! The RIEC and RIHA are thrilled to announce that the 2019 RI Equitation Championships will be held at a new venue at Tibri, in Chepachet, RI. We extend our gratitude to the Dotoli and Pieters family on opening up their farm to our cherished finals. We are looking forward to a wonderful finals this year. We would also like express our sincere thanks to Heritage Farm for their many years of hosting the finals at their location.

CONTINUED for 2020!!! Besides the location change, the RI Finals will now be held over 2 days! Day 1 will include a Short/Long Stirrup finals and a 2' division finals. The only qualification to ride the Short/Long Stirrup or the 2' finals is to be a RIHA member. The Adult Modifieds and the minis will also move to Day 1. Day 2 will be the Adult and Junior 3-foot divisions.

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!

Qualifying

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 2020 season:

- 10 points will qualify an exhibitor to ride in the finals.
- 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.
- Any RIHA show may offer two of each RIHA medals qualifying class on the same day. (NEW!!!)
- Shows will be allowed to combine certain medal classes: ** "If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both of the RIHA Junior Medal or RIHA Adult Amateur Medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement" ** "If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both of the RIHA Junior Mini Medal or RIHA Adult Amateur Mini Medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement". (NEW!!!)

NEW for 2020!!!
Being the Rhode Island Equitation Championship's 40th year anniversary, we are adding a "Master's Class" - open to previous RIHA Medal Champions or Reserve Champions! Open to both professionals and amateurs, this class will be held as the last class on Sunday August 30th. The 2020 first and second place winners of the junior and adults may also enter the Master's class on the same day). Fences will be set at 2'9". Riders must be a RIHA member. (Entry fee will be equivalent to other RIHA Medal Championship classes.)