Job Title--Show Steward
- Licensed USEF steward for Hunter/Jumper disciplines; or
- Current IEA Board Member or employee; or
- IEA Member coach, in good standing, whose team is not, and members of the coach’s team are not, otherwise participating in the competition; or
- IHSA member coach, in good standing, who is not otherwise participating in the competition.
- Protect the interests of exhibitors, judges and show management.
- Investigate and act upon any alleged rule violations without waiting for a protest.
- Report to the show committee any misrepresentation or substitution of entry without waiting for a protest
- Ascertain that all judges are recognized in the divisions to which assigned.
- Post warm-up pattern for over fences classes.
- Report to the show committee any violation of the Rules and proffer charges against the violator if not otherwise properly handled.
- Permit re-rides, under specific conditions, as agreed upon by the show and stable management, or as allowed by these Rules.
- Determine, under extenuating circumstances or extreme unfairness to one or more exhibitors, if a class should be rerun.
- Supervise the schooling of horses. Supervise or appoint a designee for the drawing of horses.
- Determine the suitability of rider to horse, rider to class, and horse to class level.
- Stop a class in the event a horse or rider should be considered unsafe.
- Fill out and return to the IEA Membership Secretary and Zone Administrator within forty-eight (48) hours of the show an official IEA Show Steward Report
A more detailed explanation of my job:
I supervise the morning schooling, making sure all the horses are safe, sound, and placed into the appropriate showing division.
I oversee the draw, ensuring that it is done randomly, that the classes are split evenly, and that riders draw horses that are appropriate for their height and weight.
I speak at the coaches meeting, going over the warm up course and re-ride request procedure, confirming the spur/crop assignment for each horse, and answering any specific questions before the show begins.
I watch every single rider as they complete their fence course and observe every flat class to make informed and educated decisions on re-ride requests.
I am part of a committee that determines the recipient of the sportsmanship award at regular season shows.
Sportsmanship Award - The EHC of each regular IEA sanctioned show (a.k.a. the host team) will award a“Sportsmanship Award” to be chosen by a majority vote of the judge, steward and a designated, but undisclosed, member of the show committee selected by the show steward. The award should be given to the rider who, during the course of the show and competition, best demonstrated the true meaning of sportsmanship.
Behind the scenes, I make sure the judge is licensed, investigate any potential administrative rule violations, and end my day by filling out a detailed steward report documenting the events of the show from my point of view.
What the steward doesn't do:
|Show steward considering a re-ride request. |
Photo credit Doug Dershimer