Show By Appointment (SBA) is off to a good start in its second year, and founders Blair Bynum and Rick Steed are making plans for the season while also investigating the possibility of moving SBA’s base to Wellington, Fla., for the 2015 competition year.
Bynum and Steed began the reined cow horse show series in 2013 to provide a new alternative for riders looking for a fun, fair and affordable competition. In its first year, SBA hosted shows in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Florida, capping the season with the richest cow horse show in the East – the SBA Championship Finals, offering $100,000 in cash and prizes.
The Championship Finals were held at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Fla., in 2013, and they will return to Sarasota for the 2014 season. Bynum Farms in Indiantown, Fla., hosts SBA’s winter circuit. Bynum and Steed are considering a move to the winter equestrian hotspot of Wellington, which attracts the best show jumping and dressage competitors from around the world.
The Finals, which were a big hit in their first year, appeal to competitors and spectators alike. The generous prize money offered is a major draw, and the straightforward path to qualification ensures that all riders are on a level playing field and have a chance to test themselves against the best at the Finals.
Among the featured events at the Finals is Down the Hairy Fence. The competition will be fast-paced, and will only be comprised of a fence work run.
Sponsorships are available for SBA’s 2014 season, and now is the perfect time to get on board to take full advantage of SBA’s events and associated promotional opportunities. Contact Mary Adelaide Brakenridge at [email protected] for more information.