November 20, 2022
University of New Hampshire HT Hosts Third Successful Event Using ShowConnect
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) HT recently completed its third event using ShowConnect. The UNH Fall HT, which took place on September 25, 2022, was organized by Equine Program Faculty Member and On The Bit Events owner Liz Oertel Johnson, with the help of students from the UNH Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies program.
ShowConnect is a community-based event management system that serves as a hub for all professionals involved in running accredited and non-accredited events. For more information about ShowConnect, visit www.showconnect.org.
Kathryn Kilcommons, a senior at UNH and an intern at On The Bit Events, gained extensive experience with ShowConnect at the UNH Fall HT. I’ve used other show management systems in the past that required multiple programs and different software to run, but with ShowConnect everything was made easy. I also appreciated that multiple users can be on the same server at the same time. This made it much easier to score during Horse Trials. The information was immediately available,” Kilcommons remarked after the event.
Kilcommons, like many Equine Studies students at UNH, had her first behind-the-scenes experience organizing an event while taking Johnson’s two-credit seminar course in Horse Trial Management. Each semester, Johnson teaches an 8-person course that allows students to learn the intricacies of organizing a recognized horse show. Johnson’s goal for the students is “to learn many communication and leadership techniques as they are assigned a committee of their peers to lead the pre-event prep work and then the day of responsibility. These colleagues are all students in the (UNH) Equestrian program.” Johnson continued by noting that “the students come from a wide cross-section of backgrounds and I hope they can bring those managerial skills to anything if they focus on transferrable skills focus and use the horse trials as an application for on-site fieldwork decide to do down the road.”
Part of UNH’s mission also focuses on helping the communities that the university is a part of. Johnson is extremely proud to support USEA with ShowConnect as she sees it as an opportunity for the College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA) and Equine Studies program to give back to the sport and make a lasting impact on the national eventing community to leave . Johnson intends to continue using ShowConnect at future UNH HTs and believes the platform will be a great asset for all event organizers going forward.
When asked how her experience working with ShowConnect and the UNH HTs has impacted her, Kilcommons said: “[It]sparked my dream of a career in the horse show industry. I have always had a passion for horses and always knew I wanted a career in the equine industry. Being a part of this competition and being ‘behind the scenes’ gave me the clarity I needed for my future career in the horse show industry.” Kudos to the UNH Equine Studies program for enhancing the skills of future horse industry professionals such as Kathryn!
ShowConnect was built with the future in mind. The system offers the critical features organizers need to register, schedule and score an event, but also offers many additional features for events of any size that would otherwise not be cost effective. It is designed to enable the flow of information and, in the future, secure, real-time transactions to and from the people and organizations interacting with your event.
ShowConnect is not an online entry system, but allows manual entries and imports from Xentry, USEA’s online entry system.
ShowConnect offers one place with everything needed to run an event, state-of-the-art technology, enhanced grading systems, real-time updates, easy accessibility, and support for organizers and secretaries when you need it most.