In 2017, the Maryland Horse Trials invites the instructors/coaches of our competitors to identify themselves to us. Because instructors/coaches are so important to the development of new riders and the demonstration of good sportsmanship, we would like to recognize their efforts. We will tally the results of competitors with identified instructors/coaches in order to present a monetary award to instructors/coaches at the conclusion of the 2017 MDHT event series.
MDHT's term "instructor/coach" refers to the one professional individual who is present and assisting a student competing at a MDHT recognized or unrecognized event, whether that individual refers to him or herself as an instructor or as a coach. This individual is not a "trainer," since a trainer is an individual who rides a client's horse to exercise or school it. (A trainer is also the individual who is responsible for the care and control of the horse at a competition.)
- The instructors/coach must show positive leadership, good sportsmanship and demonstrate a supportive attitude towards all competitors, volunteers, judges, officials and show management/staff. Any infraction of the aforementioned qualities will lead to the coach's immediate disqualification*.
- If an instructor/coach has not signed up for the series before the series begins, competitor points earned by that instructor/coach's competitor at MDHT competitions earlier in 2017 will not be counted. In order to receive points, the instructor/coach must be on the premises for the entire duration of his or her student's 3 phases of competition.
- Points can only be accrued for amateur riders, no professional rider points will count towards this award.
Point system is as follows:
1st place - 10 points
2nd place - 8 points
3rd place - 6 points
4th place - 5 points
5th place - 4 points
6th place - 3 points
7th place - 2 points
8th place - 1 point
Points will be combined for the three (3) 2017 MDHT USEA Recognized Events (not including FEH and YEH) and the six (6) 2017 MDHT Starter Trials. *Instructors/Coaches must comply with all rules stated above in order to be eligible for prize money.
$1000 Instructor/coach with the highest number of points
$500 Instructor/coach with the second highest number of points
$250 Instructor/coach with the third highest number of points