The Rhode Island Horseman's Association Incorporated (RIHA) was established to encourage and promote all horse activities in Rhode Island, and to join together the horsemen of Rhode Island in a cooperative interest in horse activities, especially in horse shows and breeding.

This website is an effort to display information related to the RIHA in a user-friendly fashion. For more information about the RIHA, please visit the links in the menu above. If you have a membership or point question, please go to the Contact Board of Directors page.

Message from the RIHA President, Elizabeth Vars (1/21/2108):

"Once again, on behalf of the RIHA Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended the banquet for understanding about the lack of ribbons. Although the awards table looked bare, the trophy committee did a great job finessing an awkward situation. Thanks to the board members who brought "stand-in" ribbons so that all could still have a photo opportunity.

We would like to assure the membership that as soon as we have the ribbons in our possession everyone who won an award will receive it as soon as possible. Every effort will be taken in the future so that this does not happen again.

Never one to disappoint, Quidnessett Country Club did a beautiful job hosting the banquet as well as donating a golf foursome for the raffle. There was a good turnout for the evening and the little ones were the delight of the whole night...such big smiles!

This year's raffle had a variety of items...plush toys & books for the kids, a life-sized cardboard horse, a bridle, locally made sodas, grooming baskets and a few tote bags/backpacks plus a generous donation of an equine body clip from Equine Detailing. All in all we raised a little over $900! We appreciate anyone who donated money to the separate Folly Farm collection. Thanks everyone for their generosity and congratulations again to all the award winners. Good luck in the coming show season."

RIHA year-end division winner's ribbons will be mailed out by Thursday, February 1, 2018! Keep an eye on your mailboxes!

2018 Memberships

Members lists have been updated as of January 24, 2018.

Equine lists have been updated as of January 24, 2018.

Medal points have been updated for 2018 qualifiers through January 24, 2018. Please go to RI Finals 2018 Qualifiers page to view the Qualifier list.

Make sure you renew your RIHA memberships 2018. Please bring your PayPal receipt to horse shows as proof or renewal, or e-mail a copy to: rihapoints@rihorseman.com.

Board of Directors Opening

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2018! We currently have an opening for the 2018 RIHA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates need to send a letter to the Nominating Chairperson, Camille Pepin. Letters can be emailed to judgecam2@aol.com or sent to 2 Deerfield Drive, North Smithfield, RI 02896. Please include in your letter why you would be an asset to the organization. Letters are due no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2018. We need Board members who are willing and able to donate their time, energy and ideas to keep our organization running strong and providing the best possible benefit to our members. Please keep in mind that our rulebook states:

The Board of Directors shall consist of people who adhere to the high principles of the association and who, in general, have demonstrated by example good citizenship in the general community. Criteria for board membership shall include, but is not limited to, high ethical and moral values; demonstration of loyalty to the "horse community"; strict adherence to the laws of the United States, the State of Rhode Island, and the municipalities; being financially responsible; and regular attendance at directors' meetings including service on committees when requested.

2018 Show Calendar

The Calendar page has been updated for the 2018 show season.

2017 Rule Changes

Click HERE to download and print the Rulebook changes that have been approved and will be in affect for the 2017 show season.

RI Finals Qualifications Change

Attention all Trainers, Exhibitors, Show Managers, Show Secretaries and Stewards! The RIEC Committee will continue the following new points-based qualification changes for 2018:

- 10 points will qualify an exhibitor to ride in the finals. (Instead of a win, or possible stand-by list invite.)
- All RIHA Medals will require three riders to complete the course for the class to fill and count. (Same as before.)
- Riders may continue to compete in medal class even after qualified. (Same as before.)
- Points awarded as follows: 1st - 10 points; 2nd - 6 points, 3rd - 4 points, 4th - 2 points.
- There will be no more stand-by list.


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