Blair Bynum and Rick Steed Look to the Future with Show By Appointment

Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Blair Bynum and Rick Steed, founders of Show By Appointment. Photo by Kristin Cosentino.

Blair Bynum and Rick Steed, founders of Show By Appointment. Photo by Kristin Cosentino.

Indiantown, FL - Show By Appointment 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, FL, 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, FL, in 2013, and they will return to Sarasota for the 2014 season. Bynum Farms in Indiantown, FL, 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.

Blair Bynum and Talk About Candy compete at an SBA show at Bynum Farms. Photo by Toni Steed.

Blair Bynum and Talk About Candy compete at an SBA show at Bynum Farms. Photo by Toni Steed.

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 fast-paced fence run only competition keeps spectators on the edge of their seats as they watch top riders go all out for the win.

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 mab@phelpsmediagroup.com for more information.

Rick Steed and Miss Chic Dun It at the 0,000 SBA Championship Finals. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Rick Steed and Miss Chic Dun It at the $100,000 SBA Championship Finals. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Show By Appointment's fresh approach to reined cow horse competition was an unprecedented success in its first season, and now SBA is back for a second year. SBA aims to make showing "Fun, Fair, and Affordable" for competitors. To accommodate those traveling long distances to show and help busy riders fit showing in at their convenience, SBA allows riders to reserve their own ride times in advance. This cuts down on usual travel expenses such as stall rentals and hotels and encourages competitors to make the trip and join in the fun. Each SBA series includes four shows. Riders who compete at three out of the four shows earn a place in the annual Championship Finals, which offer over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Competitors may also qualify for the Finals in absentia by simply sending in entries and payment to each of the four show

World Equestrian Games

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
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Wellness

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:31
Wellington, FL - In between exciting show jumping classes, the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival featured educational presentations called Lunch and Learns each week at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. After this year’s festival, attendees of the Lunch and Learn events are more educated than ever on a variety...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 08:00
Madeleine Debure
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 05:16
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 20:47
Central Florida College, in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, have joined efforts to provide an Awareness Level Animal Technical Rescue course.  This course will be composed of two evenings of lectures (April 14 and 16th 2015) at CF College, and an all-day skills demonstration lab at the Florida Horse Park...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:49
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:42
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:31
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Show Jumping

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:07
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Devon, PA -  In a ring "where champions meet," trotting out from among the best of the best with a Devon Horse Show blue ribbon is an impressive accomplishment. Heading home after two days and four classes of equitation with not just one first place blue ribbon but two, in addition to a second place finish, is not only extremely impressive, it is...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 13:58
HITS E-News
Saugerties, NY: Laura Chapot and ISHD Dual Star claimed the first $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix of the 2015 HITS Saugerties Series on Friday afternoon at HITS-on-the-Hudson by a margin of less than a quarter-second, usurping second place finisher Olympian Peter Leone on Wayfarer, who had previously held onto the lead in the eight-horse jump-off...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 13:53
Rebecca Walton
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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 13:37
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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 08:53
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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 21:54
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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 19:36
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Reining and Western Riding

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:55
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:38
Holly Jacobson
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:57
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:53
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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:27
Alden Corrigan
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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:04
Simona Diale
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Eventing

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:18
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
We’ve had some great news from the Phoenix camp this week, as Jessica Phoenix has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. She was transported from the hospital where she initially received treatment in New Jersey to one closer to home in Canada last week, and now she is one step closer to making her return to the saddle....
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:14
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 13:42
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for the spring and summer of 2015. Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials
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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:45
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:28
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Team and Alternates for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team for the 2015 Pan American Games. The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the U.S. Team (in alphabetical order): Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 16:00
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:18
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
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Driving

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:11
London, England- It was a royal redux at England's Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:26
Revolution Sports
The fifth and final day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015 saw an unprecedented number of people walk through the Windsor gates for their last chance to watch the equestrian extravaganza in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The crowds were treated to a thrilling finale in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix with last year's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:46
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 22:42
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:58
Revolution Sports
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
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