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

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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 0,000 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