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Oakhurst3DE Sponsorship

Oakhurst Long Format 3 Day Clinic & Competition Sponsorship Package

Oakhurst Farm is Eastern Ontario, Canada’s premiere Equine Eventing facility.  Since opening in 1994, Oakhurst has had riders proudly representing us regionally, provincially and internationally and strives to continue this trend in the future.  We take pride in the family atmosphere and team attitude that keeps us in the winning circle and to continue this legacy, we are holding Eastern Canada’s only 3 Day Event Clinic and Competition in August 2017 and we are looking for sponsors to help us present this incredible learning and competitive opportunity for Canadian equestrian athletes.

Owned by Ruth Allum and Mark Nelson, Oakhurst Farm has been holding competitions in the Olympic equine discipline of Eventing for over 20 years.  Oakhurst runs several competitions on site every year, attracting competitors from all over Ontario, Quebec and the north-eastern United States.  The sport of Eventing has evolved over the past decades from traditional long-format 3 day competitions to a shorter 1 day “Horse Trials” competition. The only time our students will be presented the opportunity to compete in the long-format traditional competition is at the International levels of the sport – making it much more difficult for Canadian riders to prepare for International competition.  We are running a traditional long-format clinic and competition at the local and provincial levels of the sport to allow our grassroots competitors to learn at an appropriate level how to compete on an International stage.

What is an Event?

3-Day Eventing has been an Olympic sport since 1912, and is one of the only Olympic sports where men and women compete against each other. It is the ultimate test of the horse/rider team, and its fitness, accuracy, boldness, agility, power and trust.

There are three phases to Eventing: Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping.  In a long format competition, each phase is held on consecutive days.

Dressage tests the balance, rhythm, suppleness, obedience of the horse, and most importantly, its harmony with the rider. The team is required to ride through an exact sequence of movements before a judge.  At the Oakhurst 3 day event, the riders will perform their dressage test and then be given the educational opportunity to receive immediate scores and feedback from the judge.

Cross Country is the most demanding of the phases, requiring the horse & rider to complete 4 phases of endurance competition – including a warm up phase “Roads & Tracks” during which a horse and rider must complete a trail course from point to point at an average speed of trotting, a “Steeplechase” phase, where the horses and riders gallop at an average speed of 600m/min jumping 8 brush obstacles on a large loop or figure 8 pattern for 2 to 3 minutes. The third phase is another “Roads & Tracks” for recovery and continued endurance followed by the traditional “Cross Country” phase, where a horse and Rider jump a series of fixed, unfamiliar obstacles, galloping across a course of approx. 5km. Stamina and trust between horse & rider are critical. Each of the phases on Cross Country day will be coached by the Oakhurst team before riders compete – allowing riders the opportunity to learn to perform each of the phases safely and properly.

Show Jumping

Nothing beats it for judgment, speed and accuracy. One of the most popular equestrian disciplines, showjumping sees highly trained horses jump a set combination of jumps in a stated order.

Each phase of the competitions is scored with penalties for any errors, inaccuracies or issues.  The winner is the competitor (horse & rider) who completes all 3 phases with the lowest number of penalties overall.

Our 3-Day event will be run on Aug 17-20 (competing on the 18th to 20th). This clinic and competition is the only one of its kind in Eastern Canada and has already attracted attention from competitors and coaches throughout eastern Canada and the northern United States.  We have been securing clinicians who work with our own National team and are working to make this competition both an educational and competitive highlight to the Eventing competitors season.

Why Sponsor an Event?

Eventing’s unique blend of action and lifestyle captivates enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Competitors test their skills, everyday riders are inspired by heroes, spectators enjoy exhilarating sport and atmosphere, volunteers fulfil a vital role at the heart of the events and fans follow the events at home through the internet and social media.

Audiences from urban and non-urban centres enjoy this intense sporting occasion that keeps alive a gone by tradition of life with horses while promoting strong values around ‘expertise, success and integrity’.

Canadian Equine Demographics

The participants:

  • 75% are Female
  • 74% of participants in equine sports are professionals or are in management roles
  • Well-educated (85% with some post secondary education)
  • The national average annual income of horse owners to non-horse owners who earn over 100k per year is 4-1.
  • The ratio of equestrians who own other pets (dogs and cats) to the general population is 3 to 1.
  • There are 15,000,000 people over the age of 12 who ride a horse on a regular basis.
  • The attendance at horse related events yearly is almost 100,000,000
  • Internet users – with 88% of those interviewed reporting that they use the Internet on a regular basis. Of the Internet users reported, 80% have access to high‐speed Internet, and 47% regularly use the Internet to purchase horse‐related products
  • There were an estimated 117,000 adults and 225,250 children participating in sport competition in 2010
  • The 963,500 horses in Canada in 2010, are resident on 145,000 properties (premises)

1 Source: Equine Canada / Hippique Canada, 2010 Canadian Equine Industry Profile Study

 

We are looking for sponsors who are interested in being a part of this exciting event.  Our sponsors company and products or services will be exposed to a large community of equestrian enthusiasts. We are providing many different opportunities for sharing your corporate image with our competitors, their coaches, parents and helpers – including in our printed program, a trade fair on the property during the competition, signage on the site and many more options available to you – as outlined in this package.  If you would like to be involved, have questions or would like further information, please contact one of our Sponsorship team members:

Barb Eamer – barbeamer@royallepage.ca

Laura Kelland-May – thistleridge@hotmail.com

We look forward to working with you!

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORS For cash or in-kind contributions of $5,000 or more

  • Full page ad in event programs, which will be provided to all competitors and spectators
  • Recognition with name, logo and brief description of the company or product on the Oakhurst website www.oakhurstfarm.com and Oakhurst Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakhurstequestrian
  • Banner “Gate” Ad – signage on the fences along the driveway of Oakhurst Farm for the competition
  • Tickets to, signage and official introduction at the Competitors’ and Volunteers party on Saturday August 19th.
  • Inclusion of promotional material in competitors’ package at the competition
  • Space provided in the Trade Fair section of the property for you to set up a display or sales area for your business for the duration of the competition

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS – for cash or in-kind contributions of $2,500 – $4,999

  • Half page ad in the event programs, which will be provided to all competitors and spectators
  • Recognition with name, logo and brief description of the company or product on the Oakhurst website www.oakhurstfarm.com and Oakhurst Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakhurstequestrian
  • 2 tickets to, signage and official introduction at the Competitors’ and Volunteers party on Saturday Aug 19th.
  • Inclusion of promotional material in competitors’ packages
  • Space provided in the Trade Fair section of the property for you to set up a display or sales area for your business for the duration of the competition

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS – For cash or in-kind contributions of $1000 – $2,499

  • Quarter page ad in the event programs, which will be provided to all competitors and spectators
  • Recognition with name, logo and brief description of the company or product on the Oakhurst website www.oakhurstfarm.com and Oakhurst Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakhurstequestrian
  • 2 tickets to the Competitors’ and Volunteers party on Saturday Aug 19th.
  • Inclusion of promotional material in competitors’ packages
  • Space provided in the Trade Fair section of the property for you to set up a display or sales area for your business for the duration of the competition

 BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS – For cash or in-kind contributions of $500 to $999

  • Listing in the event programs, which will be provided to all competitors and spectators
  • Recognition with name, logo and brief description of the company or product on the Oakhurst website www.oakhurstfarm.com and Oakhurst Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakhurstequestrian
  • Competitors’ and Volunteers party on Saturday Aug 19th

To discuss other sponsorship options:

  • Sponsor a Division – Up to $1000 in cash or prizes for competitors
  • Buy A Cross-Country Jump – $1,500.00 to build & maintain a jump

or come up with your own sponsorship offer, contact

Barb Eamer – barbeamer@royallepage.ca

Laura Kelland-May – thistleridge@hotmail.com

to discuss.

Download the Sponsor Package here.