Equine Island – ABC Vanity Fair Horse & Pony Show
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We will host a Meet & Greet / Dance at 6pm before entries begin to be accepted.
NO RIDING REQUIRED !
NO COSTUME REQUIRED !
NO TACK REQUIRED !
NO ENTRANCE FEES !
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED !
NO COST TO YOU!
ONLY THE HORSE IS JUDGED !
PETS ALLOWED !
GENEROUS CASH PRIZES & AWARDS !
Firstly, the important part, this is all about the horse or pony! All of the marks are for the horse or pony and our Vanity Fair horse and pony show requires minimal effort on your part.
To make this easier to understand, I will attempt to explain the very simple process for you and why virtually everyone should like it.
Imagine a horse show where only the horse is judged, it is free to enter, there is no entry form to fill out, where the scoring is completely transparent, you are not required to ride, you don’t need people come and ride for you, you can have back to back entries, you don’t need to wear costume, you don’t need tack, you don’t need to buy anything such as tack or costumes, no fuss, no hassle and quick results plus generous prizes!
OK, You Got It!
So, you have decided to enter our show, what next?
You would bring your horses to our showgrounds before the entry deadline, this will typically be several days before the show.
Here is the in a nutshell how to enter in just 10 seconds version:
There are no entry forms to submit and absolutely no fees to pay, just bring your horses and put them in the correct stall for their corresponding breed (limit of 1 entry per breed, limit of 5 entries total), put out some food if your horses require it, turn off the hover text on your horses except for the “Full” text which shows how full your horse is and then please disable the animations to help reduce lag. Mission accomplished! Click HERE To Visit Our Showgrounds.
That is it until show day!
Here is the more in depth version:
Next we book your horses in for you, you don’t even need to be present for that, we will do all the hard work for you.
A couple of days before the show each of our 3 independent judges will judge all of the horses and ponies and assign each a score out of 100, each horse or pony will have a score from each of the 3 judges meaning that each horse and pony will have 3 separate scores. These are then added together to determine the best of breed and best of show winners and places, the highest total scores are what win. There is a prize for each best of breed down to 3 places and best of show prizes down to 8 places!
There is absolutely no need for you to be there whilst the judging takes place.
On show day you turn up and we will announce the lucky best of breed winners and places by alphabetical order of the breed. Then you can either rez, ride, edit or lead your winner(s) to the winners lineup and once the best of breed winners have been announced we will announce the best of show winners in reverse order.
Prizes and ribbons will be given out and later in the day a full list of results and the scores will be uploaded to our website which will be available to everyone. The most current Vanity Fair Show results can always be found HERE.
Everyone we mentioned our original idea to was very excited about our show and the overall concept and hopefully you will be too.
Our show is so simple and so easy and did we mention that it is completely free to enter? Why would anyone not want to do this? It is also ideal for breeders to showcase their horses and pick up some prizes before putting horses in sales pens. What better way of guaranteeing good prices for your horses or ponies by displaying your awards alongside your sales or parents of the horses or ponies that you are selling?
Our shows are friendly and easy for everyone to enter from the complete beginner to the expert breeder and even if you say you don’t have any pretty horses, don’t worry we even have a fun ugly horse category for your breeding mishaps etc. We like to call it the 4 F’s of horse shows, as follows: Fast, Fun, Friendly & Free!
If you notice horses or ponies that are sick or the food is deactivated, please let the person know and a member of staff so that we can contact them and let them know. Notecards tend to work best for most people as IM’s are often capped, however, IM’ing staff should be fine and is preferred. We will do our best in helping notify people but are not responsible for any horses that become sick or die, remember these are your horses and the responsibility of checking and feeding them is yours alone.
2017 Schedule of Events See Show Dates HERE
Below is some Questions & Answers we have put together that will help with many of the questions we anticipate from people.
Q Do I need to ride or to get people to come and ride for me?
A No! If you are a winner, you can get your horse onto the winners spot any way that you choose. You can ride, lead the horse or simply edit the horse there.
Q Do I have to apply or fill out an entry form or ask someone before I can enter?
A No! Just turn up and we will take care of all of that part for you.
Q Will it cost me anything to enter?
A No! Entry is completely free!
Q Can I enter more than 1 horse or pony?
A Yes! As our shows require minimal effort from contestants, we will allow you to enter up to 5 horses and 5 ponies.
Q Can I enter more than 1 horse or pony per breed?
A Unfortunately, no you can’t, you can only enter one per breed. However you can enter up to a limit of 5 horses and 5 ponies total spread across different breeds. Watch out for our notices as sometimes we open up to additional bonus entries a day or so before the intake ends, so do make sure you are in our group and do read the notices.
Q Can I enter Pets?
A Yes, no problem we allow pets to be entered.
Q Can I enter breeding age horses and ponies?
A Yes, you can enter breeding age horses of any age.
Q Can I enter babies that are still with their mother?
A Yes, you can enter babies that are still with their mother or mothers that still have a baby, however if your horse or pony reaches 3 days old it would help us if you could remove the one that isn’t entered. Please put the one that is entered at the front to make it easier for us.
Q Can I enter pregnant horses?
A Yes, no problem and the baby can remain with mother.
Q Are there types of horse that I can’t enter?
A Yes, there are a few exceptions, you cannot enter starter horses, cloud ranch horses or any other boxed horses, they must have been bred, as in they have parents. There are exceptions to this rule as in sometimes a pair of starter horses like the Spring horses will produce a Morgan with a special coat, these all have exactly the same traits, the same with the special Hackney horse from the Day of the Dead starter horses, the special Rainbow coat from the Mehndi Drum horses, also the Scarecrow Shetland Pony. As they have exactly the same traits then there is no way to be able to judge them based on vanities and differentiate between one and another.
Q Can I enter horses with special coats?
A Yes, no problem just as long as they are not cloud ranch, starter horses, boxed horses or special horses that are all the same such as the special Morgan horse bred from the Spring starter horses, see above. Basically to enter horses or ponies with special coats, the coat must be able to pass and be a coat that was passed.
Q Can I enter a Mule?
A Unfortunately no and the reason is that they don’t have enough vanities yet other than different coats to be able to differentiate between one and another. If two were entered with the same coat then our judges would not be able to split them.
Q Can I enter a previous Best of Show winner in the first through eighth place?
A Unfortunately, No. However, you will be able to enter previous winners into a special grand champion show held annually.
Q Can I enter a previous Best of Breed winner?
A Yes, as the object is to win the Best of Show, however there are some exceptions. If your Best of Breed winner was in one of the first eight places [see above] then it would not be eligible. If your entry finished outside of the first eight places then you may enter again, however please leave a gap of at least one show, preferably two before reentering. In other words you may not enter in consecutive shows for a maximum of three times.
Q Can I have back to back entries?
A Yes! As our judging is done before the show which saves considerable time and negates having people sat around for hours on end there is no restriction on back to back entries.
Q Can I have horses set for sale in the show stalls?
A No! The reasons are simple. Firstly we are not a sales sim, secondly people get upset if they cannot get a stall in a popular breed only to see one open up after entries close because an entry was set for sale and then bought, thirdly it makes it more difficult for us to track entries if they suddenly vanish from the stalls or change ownership. So please check that your horses are not set for sale or still set for sale if moving them from a sales pen to our show.
Q Do I need to be here for the judging?
A No! We do the judging the day before the show to save having overly long shows and keeping people from doing other things. We understand that your time is valuable and this is why we opted to try and keep our shows as brief as possible.
Q Do I need to be here for the show / awards presentation?
A No! However, Please read this rule very carefully! If you cannot attend the event you can send a representative with your edit rights to move your horse or pony in the event it wins. However, you or your proxy must be there to represent you at the show and move your horse or pony. You must identify your proxy to show staff in advance, if you cannot find a representative then please ask us and we would be happy to find one on your behalf. If neither you nor your designated proxy attend the show, then you will forfeit your award(s) if you place in the first 8 (best of show) and the next place will be advanced to your place. If your horse wins a best of breed but does not place in the first 8 (best of show), this rule will not apply. The reason we are implementing this rule is in order not to have empty spaces on the winners podiums.
Q Do you use just 1 judge?
A No! We use a panel of 3 independent judges to help offset any potential breed, color, trait or exhibitor bias! We use a different mixture of judges each show to try and keep the judging process as fair as is humanly possible. Each judge looks at each horse, just to be clear here, each judge looks at every horse, therefore each horse will receive a total of 3 scores which is 1 score from each judge. These 3 scores for each horse are then added together and the highest aggregate scores win. Simple enough? We give our judges minimal instructions to avoid potential influence of the outcome. Our judging guidelines can be found HERE.
Q Can judges see each others scores?
A No! We want our judges to enter their own scores and not second guess themselves, be influenced by another judges score or to use another judges score as a basis for confirmation bias. However, after the judging process is complete the scoring is then made public in our effort to be completely transparent with all participants.
Q Do I need to attend any lessons before entering your show?
A No! Entering our show couldn’t be easier! We have designed our show in such a way that it is easy, don’t worry we do all the hard work so you don’t have to!
Q When can I pick up my horses?
A You can pick them up just before the show or during or after the show. Here is a tip, if you pick them up just before the show then it is a good idea to create a notecard with the name and breed of each so you can easily find them if your horse is called out as a best of breed winner
Q Can I tell my friends about it?
A Yes! Absolutely! Please do! Tell all of your friends about it and feel free to invite them to our group or give them our landmark, notecard or web site link!
Q Can I be a sponsor of your show or donate to help out?
A Yes absolutely! Sponsorship money goes directly towards prizes and other incidental costs and it really does help us. Sponsors get an adboard with a notecard giver which you can attach all your landmarks, info and textures to plus your notecard and landmark go out to everyone on our notecards and you get listed on our web site with SLUrls. This gives you maximum exposure for your SL business.
Q Can I just donate and remain anonymous?
A Yes absolutely, many people donate in this way and your privacy is always respected.
Q Is there any other information that I may need to know?
A Yes! If you have breeding age horses or ponies you will need to remember to provide food for them. We also ask that you disable the animations on your horses and ponies as this helps reduce lag issues and helps make a better experience for everyone.
Q Are there any other ways we can help?
A Yes! Please try to avoid having too many scripts running in jewelry, watches, hair, huds and other highly scripted items to help keep lag down. Sitting in the provided bleachers also helps and we really do appreciate your help with this as it makes the experience better for all of us.
Q Is there any way that I can support you even though I don’t have any money?
A Yes! You can help us by donating horses or ponies that have reached the end of their breeding cycles and become pets, we use pets for other people to ride, to give to beginners who wish to learn to ride or to resell and generate funds to cover our events. You can also help by donating saleable breeding age horses that we can sell via our bid boards. You can also make money whilst helping us at the same time, by using our no sale, no fee! bid boards, selling your horses and then paying us the 20% final sale value fee, this is a win-win for you and for us.