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“CAN’T I JUST EMAIL YOU?”
YES.  After your purchase, just email us with your name, horse name and test you are riding, and a YouTube link, then we can do the rest.

    HOW TO ENTER A SHOW OR CLINIC - A STEP BY STEP GUIDE

The Virtual Horse Sport system is based on the #1 eCommerce package woocommerce and interfacing with multiple payment options, such as Stripe, Vimeo and PayPal.

Below is a step by step guide to how to purchase and enter any Virtual Horse Sport Event.


  1. Purchase the Show or Ride & Review Coaching you would like to participate in.
    Do you want to enter a Western Dressage Show? => CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE 
    Do you want to enter a Schooling Show? => CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE 
    Are you a western Dressage Rider wanting coaching? => CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
    Are you a classical Dressage Rider wanting coaching? => CLICK HERE TO PURHASE 

2. DID YOU WANT TO ENTER A SHOW?  If not skip to step 3.

From the product purchase page, scroll down and find the “Available Shows” field.  Pick your show.

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Go to Step 4

3. DID YOU WANT RIDE COACHING?  If not go back to step 2 for show entry

Unlike shows, in ride coaching, you can pick which judge you will like help from. 
From the product page, scroll down until you find “Available Judges“. Pick the judge you would like help from.

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4. Click on Add Cart

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5.  You have now added a show or clinic to your shopping cart.  This may be repeated for as many shows or clinics you like.
6. If you are done with adding shows or clinics, press the View Cart button. 

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7.  You may now review what shows or clinics you have added, as in the example below.  You cart will look different.

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8. Click on “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT
9. Fill out your billing information.   There are 3 methods of payment: Stripe, PayPal or you may mail a check.
10. Click on “PLACE ORDER
11. After your payment has been process, you will automatically be taken to a page where all your entry forms will be listed.  If you are not ready to fill this out, or don’t have the video completed, don’t worry.  You can access these forms later.

   HOW TO ACCESS YOUR ENTRY FORMS - STEP BY STEP

There are 4 ways to gain access to each of your entry forms:

OPTION A)    ON THE PAGE YOUR ARE TAKEN TO AFTER PAYMENT

It will look something like this.  Your entries will differ.

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OPTION B)   INSIDE YOUR WOOCOMMERCE RECIPT

It will look something like this.  You entries will differ.

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OPTION C)    FROM YOUR ACCOUNT PAGE

It will look something like this.  Your entries will differ.

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OPTION D)    ENTRY EMAIL

As a backup method, the system will send you an email that contains the same information for linking to your entry forms.

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THE ENTRY FORM - A BREAK DOWN

This form is used to identify to the show office what class or coaching session you would like to participate in.

1) Uploading the video

The video upload has been simplified into 3 different options. 
1) A direct load to the server
2) Using a YouTube Video link
3) Google drag and drop

Pick which method is easiest for you.

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2) YOUR INFORMATION

Enter in this section of the form, your information about yourself, your horse, which test and what riding status you presently are considered. (Professional, Amateur, Junior, or Young Rider).  While not important to any schooling or WDAA, it will help the judge. 

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3) CHOOSE YOUR JUDGE

If you purchased a schooling show or competition go to form step 4.  This field will be missing.

Coaching sessions have no placement in shows and are used by rider to get insight into how they can improve their performances.  The coaching sessions offer a lot more training tips, that a judge is allowed to suggest in a competition.   In these events, you may choose which judge you would like to help you.

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4. YOUR ARENA

Judges are watching for accuracy, but since they are not physically present, knowing the size and shape of the arean you are riding in, helps with accuracy comments.  The arena does not have to be perfect or even regulation for coaching.   Competition, it needs to be as close as possible.  Any variations, please describe.

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READY TO ENTER? HIT THE SEND ENTRY BUTTON!

You have reached the finish line.  Hit the Send Entry button and you are DONE!

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CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR ENTRY

HOW TO FILM YOUR RIDE

Filming your ride is extremely important.  That film is the only tool the judge has to giving you correct scores and feedback.  But filming does not have to be complicated!  Your iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Tablet with a camera, is more than acceptable for filming your ride.   

Arena size should be a close approximation for online competitions.  If you can not get that, make notes on your entry form. 

Follow the Step by Step guideline and get the most out of your ride. 

STEP 1 : WHERE TO FILM YOUR RIDE

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Take a Video on your mobile phone, tablet or video camera
We recommend 3 different position:  At the letter C is best.  But letter F or K is also acceptable. Natural light  or a very brightly lite indoor arena, where the ride is fully visible at all times.  See example below.

STEP 2 : WHERE IS THE SUN?

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  •  Natural light where the ride is fully visible at all times.  
  • Point the camera away from the sun.  Even if that means moving to the opposite end of the arena. Say at letters M or H.

STEP 3: HOW TO POSITION YOUR PHONE

Video should be taken in Landscape not Portrait. 

BAD ANGLE : PORTRAIT

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GOOD ANGLE : LANDSCAPE

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STEP 4: REVIEW - EXAMPLES OF GOOD & BAD QUALITY VIDEO

In order for the judge to see you ride and give you the best possible evaluation, use these pictures as guides of good quality and poor quality video.  Always do a test run, taking some video of the arena and reviewing it, before you ride.

GOOD QUALITY

Taken with a iPhone 6

Taken with a iPhone 6

POOR QUALITY

This picture quality is almost not viewable.  It is advised to do a video test before riding your test.
This picture quality is almost not viewable. It is advised to do a video test before riding your test.

STEP 5: HOLD UP YOUR SIGN!

To keep all the videos organized and to assure that a video has been recorded for this particular event. The person taking the video should hold up a sign in front of the phone or camera, indicating your name, horse name, date and test to be ridden.   Below is example.  Nothing fancy….

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HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THE RIDES ONLINE?

Rides are kept for a show season ending in November of the show year. For example, if you are showing November 2019 through October 2020, your rides shall be available, online Until November 1, 2020 or longer.