Understand the 2019 Requirements for Show Entry

A number of rules have changed for 2019 that affect requirements for entering Cascade Horse Shows’ rated events (essentially, all shows other than the Pacific Outreach).  Most of this information is also on our show pages, but if you aren’t sure what you need to do or just need more background, then this post can help.

What is changing?


The biggest rule change for 2019 involves microchipping. All horses competing in USHJA sanctioned competitions must have a compliant microchip to compete. This requirement protects owners from fraud and ultimately benefits the animals too. There are a few exceptions: horses entered in USHJA Outreach classes, USEF Opportunity classes, leadline, and walk-trot do not have to be microchipped. Microchipping costs vary according to the veterinarian, but can often be performed starting at around $20. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.

Safe Sport Training

Another change for 2019 is the requirement for USEF Safe Sport Training. According to the USEF, “all adult US Equestrian (USEF) members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training to be eligible to participate in USEF activities”. Which of course includes Cascade shows. The good news is that this can be done conveniently online through your US Equestrian member dashboard.  Please be sure to do this before joining us in Cle Elum!

What else do I need to do to enter?

Having fun is the most important requirement. Image by Gary Voth

Other requirements such as having valid USEF and USHJA memeberships are not changing, but are important to know before attending our shows. Here is a summary of the things you’ll need to do for our rated events:

  • All entrants must have valid, active USEF and USHJA memberships.
  • Completion of USEF Safe Sport Training is required for adults (18 years and older) to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. See the FAQ for more details.
  • Microchipping: A compliant microchip is required for all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA sanctioned competitions, as per above. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.
  • A completed and signed Release Form must be included with each show entry. If you complete your entry online, please make sure to also fill out the Release Form and send directly to Cascade Horse Shows per the instructions on our show pages.

Any final requirements?

Yes, the biggest one of all: have fun! You are the reason we do this, and it’s our commitment to make our shows as fun and rewarding as possible.  We can’t do it without your support, so thank you for choosing to spend time with us.  We we wish you the best in your 2019 show season!

Making Your Showing Experience Easier

At Cascade Horse Shows, we work hard to ensure that your showing experience is as rewarding as possible. That not only means creating a fun and exciting atmosphere at our shows, but also making it easier for you (or your trainer) to sign up for the essentials that make your visit to the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum memorable.

Reserve your golf cart now! Image by Gary Voth

That’s why we are proud to unveil our new online reservation forms. These forms make it easier than ever to:

  1. Reserve your RV space
  2. Reserve a golf car for the show
  3. Order hay, feed, and shavings for your stalls
  4. Sign up for official show photography

Best of all, you can do all of this right from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, without having to download, print, or fax us anything!

When you use our online forms you’ll receive a convenient confirmation email summarizing your order.

Reminder: Get your forms in early, as our RV spaces and golf cars always sell out quickly!

Of course, for those of you who prefer it, we still have our traditional PDF forms available, and you will find these via convenient links from the online forms themselves, and from our great new Competitor Portal.  We’ve even enhanced our PDF forms this year: all of them are “fillable”, meaning you can enter data into the forms themselves using Adobe Reader or other compatible software, and then email the finished version to us if you choose.

These are just some of the ways we are working to make your experience with Cascade Horse Shows even better. We look forward to seeing you all in Cle Elum!


New! Add Cascade Horse Shows To Your Home Screen

By now you’ve seen our new, modern web site.  But did you know that you can add Cascade Horse Shows as an app directly to the home screen of your iPhone or Android phone?  And even better, when installed as an app, you’ll have direct access to our new Competitor Portal so you can find all the information you need at a glance, including entries, daily schedules, class lists, results and more!

We do this using a bit of modern magic called Progressive Web Apps (PWA), a new way of creating applications based on web standards. But best of all, it’s easy to get started. Here’s how to do it:

From Your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Cascade Horse Shows in Safari
  2. Tap the Share button
  3. From the list of actions at the bottom, choose Add to Home Screen
  4. Done!

From Your Galaxy or Other Android Smartphone

  1. Open the Cascade Horse Shows in Google Chrome
  2. Tap the Settings (…) icon
  3. Choose Add to Home screen
  4. In the following screens, tap Add, then OK
  5. Done!

Please spend some time with our new mobile-friendly Progressive Web App, and let us know what you think. (Our web designers say “you’re welcome!”)

Welcome to the New Cascade Horse Shows Web Site!

Optimized for mobile too.

Thanks to the support and dedication of our fantastic competitors, trainers, vendors, and sponsors, Cascade Horse Shows events have become the most looked-forward-to Hunter and Jumper shows of the season.  As our shows have grown, so has the need to keep you informed and give you quick access to the information you need to be successful.

To that end, we are very excited to unveil our new and improved home on the World Wide Web!  Our new web site is designed to be easy to navigate, highly informative, and to provide you with quick access to essential show resources.  It also now features a fully responsive design to provide a great experience on smartphones, tablets and PCs.

We are also proud to showcase our completely new Competitor Portal.  Designed exclusively for exhibitors and trainers, it provides quick access to essential information about our shows for those who are competing in them.  In addition, our news blog gives us an opportunity to share feature articles of interest to our community.

Please spend some time getting to know our new web site. Let us know what you think. Our goal, as always, is for you to have a fantastic showing experience. See you all in Cle Elum!

Our Community Is Our Superpower

When people come together to achieve something beyond themselves, a community is born. When the community invests together, visions become reality.

We stand in awe of our extraordinary community of supporters who help us create a uniquely enjoyable showing experience. An experience that inspires competition in the ring, and camaraderie outside of it.

Our Fantastic Professional Community

We would like to thank all the dedicated horse people who came together last season and join us again this season to help make Cascade events the most highly anticipated shows of the year:

Carol Hinckley, Brick Road Farms
Shelly Kerron, Legacy Hunters & Jumpers
Katherine Wade-Easley, Sundance Equestrian
Morgan Carr, Encanto Valley Farm
Denise Youell, Farpoint Farm
Tami Masters, Starfire Farm
Amanda Gelderman-Brant, Evolution Equestrian
Shannon Hendrickson, Signature West Farms

Nancy Free, Brass Ring Farm
Kim & Jacque Stuckens, Magnolia Ridge Training
Lisa Shane, Absolute Hunters & Jumpers
Lauren Crawford-Breum, HangTime Hunters & Jumpers
Quinn Partridge, Thumbs Up Farm
Leah Schifferl & Kim Mccreight, Cypress Farm
Hadley Johnson, Allynbrooke Hunters & Jumpers

Our Amazing Business Community

We’re also proud to be supported by a community of outstanding business owners and representatives who not only provide top notch products and services, but go the extra mile to make your experience personal. They deserve your patronage:

Debbie Dillon, Horseware of Ireland
Lori Houston, Whittier Trust
Kimberly Tenhulzen, Tenhulzen Real Estate
Eve Willett, Red Pony Insurance
Mike Akers, Olson’s Tack Shop
Lindsey Spurgeon, Voltaire Design
John Mabbott, The Grange of Issaquah
Jennifer Sparks, DVM
Susan Bernard, Cascade Animal Clinic
Brenda Jacroux, Chez Jacroux
Marla Hamilton-Lucas, Horses In Black
Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage
Sarah Eisler, City Girl Equestrian

Abbie Block, Absolute Horse
Ansara Patterson, Geneva Financial
Jamie Kosele, Stubben Saddles
Dianna Connelly Insurance Services
Kristi Zimbelman, Performance Horse Therapy
Chuck & Debbie Estrin, Rocking ‘E’ Feeds
Teal Shoop, Sterling Essentials
Jim Spane, Spane Buildings
Mikie Coffman Shepler, Ride the Ducks
Kelsey King, American Mechanical Corp.
Jennifer Hansen, Woodbrook Hunt Club
Natalie Shaw, Purina & Wilco Farm

Take a Moment and Say Thanks

You’ll see most of these people, if not all, at our upcoming shows. They may be standing at the in-gate coaching their riders. They may be cheering for their son or daughter. They may be serving you a plate of awesome food or pouring you a refreshing drink. They may be presenting you with a fancy cooler & neck ribbon, a shiny silver platter or some super cool product. Please take a moment and say hi, and say thanks!

SAVE THE DATES | 2019 Cascade Shows

We are thrilled to announce the dates for 2019 Cascade Show Season. Five shows filled with exciting competition at every level, and with something unique to get in the action for everyone: pros, parents, amateurs, even the dogs.

Guaranteed to be the most fun you have all year // over-the-top hospitality // relaxed horse friendly venue // excellent prizes // outstanding sponsors // unique one-of-a-kind classes // inclusive vibe!

We appreciate that you have a choice of shows to attend throughout the year. We promise to do everything within our power to bring you the best experience possible. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us in the Cascades!

USEF-rated hunter jumper shows. USHJA sanctioned. Prize list coming soon.

Hosted at the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum, WA.

An Unbridled Evening in Support of the Washington State Horse Park

As a community are so fortunate to have such a beautiful, horse-friendly venue in which to show. This year the Washington State Horse Park is so very close to being able to break ground on their planned covered arena. With your support we can get there before this time next year. We can also makes strides in the areas we hunters and jumpers want and need most. Please join us in supporting the Washington State Horse Park at their Unbridled Evening Auction & Gala!

Featured Auction Item

We love the Horse Park, plain and simple. Its a big part of that special vibe our shows have. As such we have donated an Entry + Stall for any one division at one of Cascade’s 2019 shows. Please come and bid!

Thank You!

Thank you for supporting the Washington State Horse Park. For more information, contact the 2018 Gala Committee:

And the 2018 Cascade Circuit Cup Champions Are…

We are excited to announce the champions of the 2018 Cascade Circuit Cup. An award bestowed upon the horse accumulating the most points, in one of five categories at the end of Cascade Horse Shows 2018 circuit.

These awards are made possible with the support of top notch sponsors: Carol Hinckley of Brick Road Farms, Mike Akers of Olson’s Tack Shop, Marla Hamilton Lucas of HIB Blankets and the many friends and sponsors of Cascade Horse Shows.

And the winners are:

Cascade Circuit Cup - USHJA HUNTER DERBY

Presented by Brick Road Farms


Images by Gary Voth

Cascade hunter derbies are unique in that they span two rings, they challenge the horse and rider to jump a series of 3′ to -3’3” natural obstacles demonstrating brightness and pace covering the ground in a relaxed, smooth and proficient way. Aloha, the 7 year old Hanoverian/Thoroughbred gelding, did just that across all four Brick Road Farm’s USHJA Hunter Derbies this season; winning the final derby with first place performances in both the classic and handy rounds.  Thank you Carol Hinckley of Brick Road Farms for sponsoring this wonderful year-end award.

Congratulations again Christy Larson & Shannon Hendrickson on Aloha’s win!


Cascade Circuit Cup -HUNTER 3' AND UP

Owned and Ridden by KELSEY KING

Images by Gary Voth

To win this award you had to have an impressive showing in a variety of classes, demonstrating beautiful hunter form over fences and under saddle.

Graffiti, the big chestnut gelding with the spray-paint markings befitting his name and rider Kelsey King did just that winning the Children’s/Adult Hunter Classic, top amateur placing in the USHJA Hunter Derby. And although it didn’t count towards this award being a good sport while Kelsey carried a glass of Rose’ to a fifth place finish pretty much secured his place in Kelsey’s heart.  Thank you to all our extraordinary sponsors who made this award possible: Jamie Kosele of PNW Stubben Saddles, Shelly Kerron of Legacy Hunters & Jumpers, Carol Hinckley of Brick Road Farms, Kimberly Tenhulzen of Tenhulzen Real Estate, Mike Akers with Olson’s Tack Shop.

Congratulations Kelsey King on Graffiti’s win!


Cascade Circuit Cup - JUMPER 1.10 AND UP

Owned and Ridden by JULIA HODGES

Images by Gary Voth

In some circles earning the right to wear to wear whites is tied to jumping 1.10m and above. Its when you’re considered to have hit the big time with big jumps to match. All of the competitors vying for this award have earned their right to wear whites. But its Cupido T the 11 year old warmblood gelding and Julia Hodges who took home the Cascade Circuit Cup with first or second placings in all the 1.10 and Modified Jr./Amateur Jumper classes they competed in, including the High Children’s Jumpers, presented by Ansara Patterson of Geneva Financial.

Thank you to all the fabulous sponsors behind this award: Eve Willett with Red Pony Insurance, Abbie Block with Absolute Horse, Debbie Dillon with Horseware of Ireland, Lori Houston with Whittier Trust, Lindsey Spurgeon with Voltaire Design and Ansara Patterson of Geneva Financial.

Congratulations Julia Hodges on Cupido T’s win!


Cascade Circuit Cup - JUMPER UP TO 1.05M

Owned and Ridden by SAHALE FOX

Images by Gary Voth

You’ve got to be fast, clear and completely in the zone to be the winner of the Cascade Circuit Cup JUMPERS Up To 1.05. And you’ve got to believe that neither size nor age will stop you from taking the win. Morton’s the Celebrity AKA Small and Mighty, Wonder Pony, and Rusty to his friends has absolutely no idea that he is 12.1 hands, 17 years old and is supposed to have a pony stride. And then there is Sahale who is only 10 years old but rides like a seasoned pro.  The pair won almost every class they entered and was on the gold medal winning team of the Cascade Jumper Team Championships.

Thank you to all the phenomenal sponsors behind this award: Lindsey Spurgeon with Voltaire Design, Morgan Carr with Encanto Valley Farm, and Kimberly Tenhulzen with Tenhulzen Real Estate and Katherine Wade-Easley with Sundance Equestrian

Congratulations Sahale Fox on Rusty’s big win!


Cascade Circuit Cup - HUNTER UP TO 2'9

Owned and Ridden by ELISE LOMBARDI

Images by Holly Casner

The 9 year old Holsteiner gelding Carlton K impressed the judges across the 2’9″ hunter division all season long. But it was his and Elise Lombardi’s winning round in the Open Hunter Classic, presented by Signature West Farms that pinned him champion of the Cascade Circuit Cup Hunters Up to 2’9″. This was the most closely contested of all the circuit cup awards. We couldn’t tabulate the winner until the very last class of the day pinned because there was only a few points difference in the top five placings. But at the end of the day it was all Carlton K!

Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors behind this award: Dianna Connelly Insurance Services, Kelsey King of American Mechanical Corp and Mikie Tracey Shepler with Ride the Ducks of Seattle. Lindsey Spurgeon with Voltaire Design, The Grange of Issaquah, Rocking ‘E’ Feeds and Denise Youell of Farpoint Farms,

Congratulations Elise Lombardi on Carlton K’s win!

Each winner received a crystal trophy commemorating their achievement, $100 Olson’s Tack Shop giftcard, a HIB Waterproof Championship Blanket. Plus $100 in show credit to use at any 2019 Cascade show.

We appreciate that you have a choice of shows to attend throughout the year. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us in the Cascades. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

  • Swiftwater Invitational | June 12-16, 2019| USEF National 2* rated competition
  • Alpine Preview |  June 19-23, 2019 | USEF National 2* rated competition
  • Pacific Crest Open  | July 10-14, 2019 | USEF Regional 1 2* rated competition
  • Pacific Outreach | July 15-16* 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
  • Cascade Finals | September 7-8, 2019 | USEF Regional 1 2* rated competition. USHJA Stirrup Cup Championship show & Cascade Circuit Cup Championship show

Photos courtesy of Gary Voth Photography & Holly Casner Photography

Announcing the Cascade Circuit Cup Awards

Success in any aspect of horse sports takes courage, commitment and a good bit of horse sense. The courage to trust your horse; the commitment to keep improving; the sense to know that these qualities matter most in showing. All of us at Cascade Horse Shows recognize that it takes similar courage and commitment whether competing in the 2’3” hunters or the 1.30m jumpers or any height in between.

It is with this spirit that we proudly announce the Cascade Circuit Cup Awards: championship awards bestowed upon the horses accumulating the most points in one of five categories over the full Cascade Horse Shows 2018 circuit:  Swiftwater Invitational, Alpine Preview, Pacific Crest Open, and Cascade Finals. And because every class at every height is included in points tallying, every horse is a contender.

The 5 Cascade Circuit Cup Awards

  1. Cascade Circuit Cup – USHJA Hunter DerbyPresented by Brick Road Farms
  2. Cascade Circuit Cup – Jumper 1.10m and up
  3. Cascade Circuit Cup – Jumper up to 1.05m
  4. Cascade Circuit Cup – Hunter 3’ and Up
  5. Cascade Circuit Cup – Hunter up to 2’9”

All awards will be announced and presented at the conclusion of the Cascade Finals show September 9th. Each winner will receive a trophy honoring the achievement, a $100 Olson’s Tack Shop gift card, and $100 in show credit to use at any 2019 Cascade show. Plus, winners will have the distinct possibility of making it onto the cover of Cascade Shows 2019 prize list and all the celebrity that comes along with that!

We appreciate that you have a choice of shows to attend throughout the year. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us in the Cascades. We look forward to seeing you at the Cascade Finals: the final show of the 2018 Cascade Circuit.