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Julie Templeton: ‘Come over from the dark side’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

  • Show organisers need to move with the times, says Julie Templeton

    IT’S that time in the show season when entries take up a considerable amount of everyone’s routine. It’s especially laborious for producers, who complete entries en masse.

    Now, due to Covid, there is even more paperwork than normal. Online entry systems are definitely the way forward and I’m especially in favour of those that let you store your exhibits, riders and owners on a database, so you can enter a class in a matter of minutes.

    However, there are some shows that seem reluctant to come over from the dark side. They not only require you to fill in the now statutory Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifying forms, but also an entry form repeating all the same information for their own show entry. I find this exceptionally time consuming and wholly unnecessary.

    This exclusive column is also available to read in Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday 10 June 2021

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