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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2012, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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are show names required?

My warmblood Huey is either not registered, or if he is, his papers are long-lost. His first career was as a GP stadium jumper (based on his demonstrated ability and experience, combined with veterinary assessment, not based on a record of his participation in the sport because that got lost right along with his papers if he had them). Now, at age 18, he's getting a 2nd career in dressage. We're almost ready to start doing local (small) dressage shows, which is awesome!

Here's the question: do I need to give him a show name? I notice the horses at shows all seem to have fairly "involved" names, even though I'm pretty sure that their owners do not use those names on any regular basis. Is this something that only is done for registered horses? Is it "expected" for a horse that is out doing dressage tests at shows?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2012, 09:09 PM
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tradionally show names are used that are more memorable, one "requires" them, barn names are the common name used everyday
ex: 1 of my paints show name is Silver Legacy but at home he is just Silver

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-15-2012, 10:13 PM
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Basically a show name is what you use when you sign up at shows, or the name that you register your horse with. (USDF, USDA, USEF) If you want to call your horse Green Giant at shows, it's best to get that name on the Coggins so that it all looks the same for paperwork. But you can choose what you want your horse to go by. If your coggins says Green Giant and you are in a hurry signing them up for a show you can sign them up as Greeny. What ever you'd like to do.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-08-2012, 03:16 PM
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No, its not required. My horses name is Coffee Bean (paint horse haha) and I just use that when i go to shows. Most registered horses have one but you can put the name on your coggins and say that is your show name. Next year I am putting my horses name or "show name" as Flying Colors :)

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-08-2012, 09:53 PM
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With me,I eventually want to do some breed shows, so I'll need to use my mare's registered name, Monroe Blue. However, at open shows, it doesn't matter and you can call your horse whatever you want. I still use my horse's registered name however. My one friend has two grade horses named Harley and Storm so when she shows them she just makes up their show names. She calls them Hurricane Harley and Vandango.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-14-2012, 02:14 AM
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Definitely make sure all your names match up when it comes to paperwork - coggins, show entries, USEF, etc. If it's a smaller show, you really don't need to worry about show names, but the more involved you get, I would recommend coming up with one. Maybe base it off a favorite TV character, city, or flower!
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