Intent to Show Form 2020







For Show Season 2020 only, The Good Hands Final and The Good Hands Adult Final are open to any individual interested in participating in the Final. All requirements to achieve a certain placing or participation in a qualifying class has been removed for 2020.


To aid The Good Hands Committee in preparing for this prestigious Final, we are requesting that you complete the “Intent to Show” Form at your earliest convenience.  Please email the completed form to  If you have any questions with this form, please direct the inquiry to Connie MacQueen at


Exhibitor Name:______________________________________

Parent (if minor):_____________________________________

Exhibitor Address:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Exhibitor (or parent if minor) cell phone:_____________________________________

Exhibitor (or parent if minor) email:______________________________________

Barn Affiliation:___________________________________

Please indicate: Jr Exhibitor Final______________ Adult Final___________________


We look forward to seeing you at The Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show and the Good Hands National Finals!


The Good Hands National Finals Committee


Officially sponsored by



Due to COVID-19 and the resulting cancelation of horse shows across the country, Mid-America Horse Show Association and The Good Hands Finals Committee would like to announce qualification modifications for both the Adult and Junior Exhibitor Good Hands National Finals 2020.


For show season 2020 only, the qualification criteria for the riders participating in Adult and Junior Exhibitors Good Hands Finals will be:


Qualification for the 2020 The Good Hands Final is now open to any individual interested in participating in the Final.  The requirement to achieve a certain placing in The Good Hands Final qualifying classes has been removed for 2020.


The Good Hands National Finals will be held at the Mane Event Horse Show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds from October 15-18, 2020. For more information on the Mane Event Horse Show visit  


October Newsletter

October is here, which means it is time for the Good Hands National Finals at the Mane Event Horse Show!  In addition to spotlighting the best of the best in equitation, the Good Hands committee has several special activities planned for those who attend.


  • The Good Hands will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary at the show.  All past Good Hands National Champions are invited to share in the celebration, as we would like to honor you.


  • New this year will be a Good Hands Raffle item!  Form To Function riding clinic is offering an opportunity for one lucky Junior Exhibitor raffle winner to attend this premiere clinic.  This 3-day experience will include intensive riding instruction, basic pattern work, lunge lessons, notable guest speakers and demos from equine professionals.  So take a chance, purchase a ticket to experience fun, education, peer fellowship and horses. Cost will be $100 per ticket ($700 value). Thank you to Christy Parker, Erin Boggs, Sarah Russell and Renee Zubrod Philpott for selecting the Good Hands Finals for your sponsorship.


  • Change in this Good Hands year’s schedule:  The Junior Exhibitor Championship Class will begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening and will consist of Phase 1 (rail work) and Phase 2 (pattern) followed immediately by the ceremony.


  • Thank you to the generous sponsors of the Good Hands National Finals.  With your partnership, we are able to shine the spotlight on the best in equitation!


National Horseman Publishing-Official Sponsor

C. Jarvis Insurance Agency-Gold Sponsor

DeRegnaucourt, LTD.-Silver Sponsor

Appointments, USA-Silver Sponsor

Freedman’s Harness-Silver Sponsor

Terry Young Photography-Silver Sponsor

Snowpine Stables-Silver Sponsor

Form To Function-Silver Sponsor

ADPRO-Silver Sponsor



Gold Sponsor


The Good Hands National Finals is pleased to announce C. Jarvis Insurance Agency, Inc. as its 2019 Gold Level Sponsor.  The partnership with C. Jarvis Insurance Agency will help insure that the Good Hands National Finals remains a premiere final in the Saddleseat industry.

C. Jarvis Insurance Agency was founded in 1946 by Charles Jarvis, a lover of horses and a major sponsor of shows throughout Ohio.  Four generations later, the company is now under the leadership of Patricia and Kimberly Jarvis. Through the decades, C. Jarvis Insurance Agency has grown into a global powerhouse, offering a suite of policies that cover from the basic to complex equine insurance needs.  Recently, C. Jarvis introduced an international policy, the only one of its kind, that allows coverage for a horse as it travels between venues from country to country worldwide. This cutting edge coverage has helped C. Jarvis become known internationally.


The Good Hands Finals Committee and Mid-America Horse Show Association welcomes C. Jarvis Insurance Agency onboard as a partner in equitation.  With their support, we look forward to hosting the best-of-the-best in equitation in October at the Mane Event Horse Show. A special thank you to Patricia, Kimberly and the entire C. Jarvis Insurance Agency team!




Silver Sponsors

Planning for The Good Hands National Finals 2019 is complete!  We are looking forward to hosting all qualified Junior Exhibitor and Adult Equitation riders at the Mane Event Horse Show in October.  Riders who participate can expect the same high caliber celebration of equitation, as presented in the past. We would not be able to highlight equitation without the help of our sponsors.  Our Silver Sponsors have consistently partnered with The Good Hands to celebrate the dedication and hard work exhibited by the riders.  Our committee would like to recognize and thank our Silver Sponsors:


Freedman Harness,

Since 1802, Freeman Harness has been a master craftsman in the creation of harness equipment, saddles and leather goods.  Through the decades, Freedman’s has elegantly outfitted the horses of private clients, royalty and celebrities worldwide.  Today, six generations later, David Freedman and his team, are leaders in the industry, offering harness and saddlery to many breeds including Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabians and Hackneys.  Contact David Freedman at


Appointments USA

Appointments USA is the premier manufacturer of custom show horse apparel, stall draperies, tack containers, and accessories.  Founded in 2001, Dana and Peg Sibbet and their team of craftspeople have combined years of experience exceeding 150 years dressing the show horse industry and decorating the aisleways.   Dana Sibbet started in the industry in 1983 and continues to innovate the product line with new items every year. A full lineup of the Appointments USA products can be seen on their Facebook Page:  Dana Sibbet’s Appointments USA or at


DeRegnaucourt, LTD

DeRegnaucourt LTD provides the ultimate in custom apparel for exhibitors in the show ring for the Saddlebred, Morgan and Arabian breeds.  Founded in in 1994, Becky and Bill pride themselves in the fine workmanship of their garments to insure that their clients are dressed for success in the show ring.  Experience “The DeRegnaucourt Difference,” at their mobile store at shows around the country or at


Terry Young Photography

For the past 32 years, Terry Young Photography has been capturing the beauty and elegance of the show horse.  More than 20 years ago, Terry was the first photographer to move from the film to digital format allowing him to capture a more true to life image of the Saddlebred and Morgan breeds.  Terry prefers to capture the uniqueness of the horse and rider from more artistic angles from within the arena. Terry Young Photography can be reached at



Snowpine Stables

Snowpine Stables started as a small breeding program, which expanded into a training facility. The breeding division has had great success with their homegrown World Champions, Kiss My Cuervo and Snowpine’s Pola Vortex. Owner Rick Balcerak has used his talent as a wood craftsman to hone his skills on the lathe, which he uses to fabricate unique and beautiful show whips. Snowpine Stables has gladly sponsored these whips to be gifted to the winner of the Adult Good Hands division for the past several years.



2018 Good Hands Finals Planning is Underway!


The Good Hands National Finals 2018Planning is underway for  The Good Hands National Finals 2018 and we are honored to welcome back our “Official Sponsor”,  National Horseman Publishing. The Good Hands Final will be held at the Mid-America Horse Show Association (MAHSA)  Mane Event Horse ShowOctober 23-26, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  This partnership allows for two historical entities from the Saddlebred community to come together to showcase and celebrate the beauty and precision of saddle seatequitation for the Junior Exhibitor and Adult riders.

National Horseman Publishing, founded in 1865, has been an anchor in the Saddlebred community and the show horse world.  The Good Hands National Finalsis the oldest saddle seat equitation finals in the country.  It dates back to 1929 and for many years was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In 2009, the Finals moved to the  Mane Event Showand is now owned within our Saddlebred community by Mid-America Horse Show Association.

The goal of Mid-America Horse Show Association, National Horseman Publishing and the Good Hands Finals committee is to build upon the traditions already set, to continue to grow the Finals and promote saddle seat equitation. The  National Horsemansponsorship enables the committee to provide more incentives to qualified riders and to host the Friday night “Celebration of Champions” event, which spotlights the Good Hands riders for the entire community attending the show.The Good Hands Finals committee, comprised of Sharon Gardner, Jessica DeHart, Megan Dragich and Lindsay Shearman, welcomes back and is grateful for the continued partnership of Allison Lambert and the entire  National Horseman Publishing team.

For more information or to support  The Good Hands Finalscontact  Sharon Gardner-email, or (630) 738-0867.For information on the  Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show,visit  MAHSA-website.






Thank you, Elisabeth Goth, for the Gold Level Sponsorship and support of equitation and its talented riders.  You are always a constant in supporting our beloved breed, industry and saddle seat.  Your kindness will assist, not only with the growth of this Final and division, but with supporting our next generation.  In addition, to the Gold Level Sponsorship, Elisabeth, has set up a $1000 scholarship, which will be awarded to one lucky rider at the Good Hands Finals.  We applaud and thank you for believing in the Good Hands Finals and our riders.


A Big Thank You To Our Official Sponsor

This past year, our final has seen two major changes. First, it has a new owner:  Mid-America Horse Show Association, and a new name:  The Good Hands. Second, our final has a new facet entirely: the Good Hands Adult Finals.

Throughout these changes, a constant for the Good Hands Finals has been the generous and fervent support of our official sponsor, the National Horseman.

Allison Lambert and her amazing team have been a huge asset, bringing more creativity and innovation to our final than we could have hoped for since signing on with The Good Hands Finals in 2014. Not only has the National Horseman’s support helped this final flourish for the Junior Exhibitor riders, it has allowed us to grow to the point of offering the new Good Hands Adult Finals.

This year, with the inaugural Good Hands Adult Finals, our committee hopes to once again prove The Good Hands worthy of its historic prestige.  We also would like to recognize the incredible support offered to us–not only to our Good Hands Finals committee and the final itself, but most importantly of all to the exhibitors–by the National Horseman.

It has been The Good Hands Finals committee’s personal pleasure to see each of The Good Hands qualified riders be given the opportunity to participate in National Horseman’s magazine as a group, showing once more the power of Saddle Seat Equitation in bringing competitors together as peers.  Allison’s hands-on assistance has made this year’s expanded program a collaborative effort, bringing more minds, more ideas and more fun to the table for all!

From all of us on the Good Hands committee and Mid-America, to Allison Lambert, her staff, and the National Horseman Magazine as an industry leading publication, thank you.  Thank you for all we have and will accomplish together as a team!


Quick Update, by Lindsay Shearman

With an absurdly talented pool of 16 competitors, we still have no way of understanding just how our judges whittled it down to 10… luckily for everyone involved, they were able to and the finals went on to exceed all expectations! To get a closer look at how our nearly 50 qualified riders became a top ten, and then a Champion (Aleia Brown) check out The Contenders page.  We are also hard at work, working on a top secret GH Project so keep your eyes out everybody!  Exciting things to come!


Your Dedicated GH Committee


A dazzling crew of our competitors after the presentation of awards with our Champ and Reserve Champ!


The Elisabeth Goth, LLC Scholarship went to Caroline Cherry, our 3rd Place Competitor!





5 Reasons Why You Should Compete in Equitation (Or At Least Practice Equitation), By Jenna Winquist

Jenna Article


The frosty mornings, the hours upon hours of practice, and the literal sweat and tears that come with getting that perfect equitation pose can seem rather undesirable. Why would anyone want to pursue that?  To all of the riders out there who still can’t seem to see the benefits of equitation outside of improving your riding, here are a few of them:


  1. Posture. More than ever, adolescents are found slouching, crouching, and contorting their backs in ways that are extremely unhealthy! People are all going to have back braces by the time they are twenty years old if they don’t learn how to stand and sit up straight and walk with poise! It is, however, quite rare to see an equitation rider slouch on or off of a horse. All those rides with your shoulders tied back with a whip between your shoulder blades definitely have an effect on your posture in daily life.


  1. Elegance. Nothing stands out more in a crowd, than elegance. An equitation rider is required to exhibit the utmost elegance while performing rail-work and patterns so as to make it pleasurable to watch. As Audrey Hepburn, one of the most elegant women known to walk this planet earth once said, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”


  1. LIFE IS NOT FAIR. IT JUST ISN’T. Every single equitation rider out there has felt as though they were given an unjust ribbon, maybe even based entirely on their appearance. As heartless as it sounds, equitation teaches you how to deal with it. Hard work and dedication have always pulled through in equitation, not how pretty you are, or how much your horse is worth, but in those moments when someone’s (namely, the judge’s) opinion doesn’t swing your way, equitation will have taught you the confidence to feel sound in your ability, rather than cause you to crumble under the judgment of others.


  1. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Participation in the equitation finals is only for junior exhibitors, so do it while you can! Equitation is a great way to meet amazing people, to stretch your mental and physical capabilities, and to obtain a priceless connection with a horse that will (guaranteed) change your life.


  1. And lastly, for the performance riders out there who would still rather be on a flashy show horse: equitation will make you a better rider. Equitation will make it possible for you to ride any horse, no matter how crazy his eye’s are. The ability to feel what a horse needs, while navigating through a pattern, will undoubtedly allow you to maneuver and show your way through the best and most crowded of classes with ease and style. If that is not reason enough to practice equitation, then I do not know what is.