Equestrian Sports Marketing
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From the glamorous world of show jumping, with sponsors like Trump, Longines and Veuve Cliquot, to a little Pony Club Show sponsored by local businesses, there are excellent marketing opportunities. While the big shows have celebrities and glamour, the little shows have traditions and charm from the rich pastoral heritage the sport enjoys. Go to a pony show and see for yourself, little girls with bows on their braids in the hunter classes, and little cowboys in the lead line class with their proud grandparents. It's an unbelievable pageant that plays out across the country, with people from all walks of life, horses of many breeds and different styles of competitions. Horse shows descend from the old European agricultural fairs, and retain the colorful traditions and rich cultural heritages. The horse has been the family tractor, mode of transportation as well beloved companion.

Equestrian sport events are small, but don't underestimate them; as Donald Trump says "they are not trying to be the NFL."

There are some surprises, for example, The Houston Rodeo hosts a 2,000 entry international wine competition. Equestrian Sport is enjoying a boom in publicity with celebrities and prominent business and sports leaders like Donald Trump and Frank McCourt getting involved.

Horse shows have a distinguished history in serving charitable organizations.

Horse ownership is a privilege and members give back to the community by sharing horse show proceeds with charity partners. Large successful shows often have waiting lists for sponsors as well as vendors. Most small horse shows are run by volunteers, so communications sometimes are patchy.

However, small shows can be excellent opportunities for local promotions.

In addition to sponsorship, businesses can also consider participating as a vendor at the show(s). Shopping is a major activity at many horse shows, and many of the big shows have waiting lists for vendors.

Custom Jumps

The photo above shows a sponsored jump in which the branding of a sponsor is incorporated into the design of the jump. All eyes are upon your brand as every horse competing has to complete the same course.

Networking is one of the major benefits of marketing at horse shows; planning and promotional events are perfect opportunities to collaborate with other sponsors, service and charity partners. Equestrian sport is extremely social with a flurry of parties accompanying each show season.


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