ABOUT VIRTUAL HORSE SPORT | 100% TRANSPARENT INFORMATION
WHAT IS VIRTUAL HORSE SPORT?
Riding is expensive. Showing has become almost impossible. Drug fees, transportation fees, hotel fees, membership fees, all add up to making the experience, that was once accessible, impossible for the average person. We want to fix that.
VirtualHorseSport.com is a sponsored equestrian competition and clinic system that is a licensed user of the Utility patent ( pending ) called “The Virtual Sport Competition”. The patent was filed in March of 2020, at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic and is owned personally by Debbie Kurth.
The concept of top notch virtual horse shows was conceived, designed and built by Debbie Kurth, the founder and owner of Multimedia Designs, LLC. In short…she want to bring back the fun and accessibility of showing that she had experienced in the late 1990’s into years 2000-2005.
It is a system that attempts the following:
- Keeps test videos as private as possible
- Generates your individual scores as in a location based show
- Gives rapid score results to the riders by using internet technology. Such as via email and text messages
- Gives you access to top-notch licensed USEF judges
- Keeps costs down
- Retains the former “fun”of riding against your friends and associates in a show-like format.
- Makes judging virtual shows easy
- Allows judges to discuss the art of scoring by reviewing what other judges have done.
- Generates some money for associated chapters, clubs and organizations by sharing the profits.
WHAT DO YOU GET ?
Easy to use. 4 different ways to upload your test. Privacy and control. Your online test results are kept available for the entire show season, where you may review them, online, at any time. After your test has been submitted and reviewed by a judge, you will get a email with your movement by movement test results and a text notification of when the test has been scored and verified.
The tests allow riders to ask questions to the judge after their ride has been reviewed.
Clubs and chapters get a complete digital record of scores their members achieved, when it was ridden what tests. This allows for the chapter/club awards via the internet, expanding potential memberships.
WHERE DO THE TESTS COME FROM?
All the tests are variants of the USEF, FEI, WDAA and WE association organizations. Due to print copyright issues, the movement of the tests are the same as a physically based show and the associated test sheet, but the description and presentation has been changed and varied. As such and there is no official printing of the tests on this system. This system is a 100% Software based User Interface communication system between judge and rider via internet technology.
SNEAK PEEK INTO THE BACK END
After you have purchased and entered a show, under your Account you will see a tab called “Your Show Entries”. This is where all your entered shows, with your videos are displayed. Nothing is public. The videos sits on our private video server and the scores remain equally safe, unless YOU choose to share them with others.
THE MONEY & SPONSORS
VirtualHorseSport is a division of and supported by Multimedia Designs, LLC which pays for the server costs and any back office staff. It retains a percentage of every show entry to help cover these expenses and the yearly license fee. In 2020 and 2021, the license fee was waived, due to the pandemic. The remainder of every entry goes to the judge and the sponsoring organizations. A small fee, (3.0% + .30) goes to Stripe or PayPal, a merchant account for credit card processing.
REAL RIDER REVIEWS
Virtual Horse Sport is fantastic!! It’s just like entering a show, but without all the hassle 🙂
Aloha Dressage July 24-28, 2020
This was great fun, and I thought the judge comments were pretty fair. I am motivated to keep doing this. I haven’t had this much focus in a long time. Thank you.
~ Judy Hembree
Thank you so much for this experience. It was really great practice after not riding for 6 weeks. What a wonderful opportunity.!
~MARLA STOTSKY GUERRA
This has been a lovely experience! It is so very helpful to get a judges feedback. Thank you for your help!
Thank you so much! It was lovely 🙂
~ Evgenia Stenberg
I wanted to mention how nice it is to be able to watch the video and read the comments under it at the same time! Brilliant!
~ Angela Michaelson
This was wonderful! I have lots of details to work on. Thank you!!!!
I just picked myself up off the floor! Bug hug for my trainer for encouraging me to send the video in. The comments are great, and I’m sure we will work hard on everything that needs work, which is everything! I will recommend this to everyone I know!
~ Kathy Kircher
This was just great. Debbie Kurth was incredibly helpful with navigating the website. The judging was encouraging and very helpful. I will definitely recommend Virtualhorsesport.com to all my friends. Well worth the investment.
Yes, I liked this experience very much. I had never seen myself ride a test like this. Want to do again.
Aloha State Dressage Society Schooling Show July 2020
Aloha State Dressage Society Schooling Show September 2020
We loved it! Great Experience!
Santa Barbara County Chapter of California Dressage Society
October 24-26, 2020
Excellent! Lot of fun and great to get the judge’s feedback!
Santa Barbara County Chapter – California Dressage Society
I really appreciate the feedback, and I like the pairing of the score and comments right with my video on this site, so i can really see what i can work on. Entry and upload process was straightforward. Thanks! Great concept!
Santa Barbara County CDS