Intelligent Horsemanship Sponsored Goals Information PackIncludes1. What is it?2. About your goal3. Sponsor information sheet4. Sponsorship form
What is it?The main objective of the IH Sponsored Goals is to raise funds for the IH Charity of theYear. There is a further aim as well, and that is to help IH and IHDG members achieve theirgoals, whatever they may be.With IHers spread across the UK and beyond, and having diverse interests and ambitions, asingle sponsored event isnt really possible. We can all, though, find a goal to aim for. Forsome that goal might be part of your progression with your chosen equine discipline, forothers it might be conquering those confidence demons. Others might have non-horseygoals that could still benefit from the support of the group.How does it work?Each person decides their own goal and their own time frame. They then ask forsponsorship, even just a £1 or so, to achieve that goal. When it is achieved, you collect themoney and donate it to the IH Charity Fund through:www.justgiving.com/IHSponsoredGoals, orwww.paypal.co.uk, reference firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you like, you can join the Goal Seekers Group on the IH Discussion Group (DG). Youdont need to be an existing member and you dont need to join the DG in any other way ifyoud rather not, but you do need to be a member to post.The Goal Seekers Group will have a separate section on the DG. Within that, each personcan create their own thread to chart progress, ask for ideas and get support, especially whenthings get tough. The group will be carefully moderated to ensure that peoples threads arenthijacked and to make sure that it remains a positive, supportive place.An added incentive!If achieving your goal and raising money for charity isnt enough of an incentive, there willbe a prize for the person who raises the most in the calendar year.Why take part?Whether simply to raise funds for charity, whether you feel setting a goal and time framewill help you, whether the idea of a goal-focussed support group appeals to you, or just for abit of fun, there are reasons why we could all join in. In fact, the question is more whyshould you not?
About your goalIn order to ask others to sponsor you, your goal needs to be clearly defined. In needs to beSMART:SpecificMeasurableAttainableRealisticTimelyIn other words, you need to be able to tell your sponsors what you want to achieve, how youwill know that you have achieved it and when you aim to achieve it by. Your goal also needsto be something that you can realistically do.In order to persuade others to part with their hard earned pennies, your goal also needs to bedifficult for you. It doesnt have to be something that the whole world would find aweinspiring, like jumping out of an airplane; as long as you can say why you find thisparticular goal difficult, people will sponsor you. There are some ideas of goals on the nextpage but you can choose anything you like, as long as its legal!Once you have decided your goal, it would be helpful to write down an outline of your goalthat you can show to others if they ask. This will also help you be clear in what you areaiming to do. Also, form a plan. Plans can change as you go along and find that what youdthought might work doesnt but something else does, but you need some sort of plan to getyou started. The Goal Seekers Group on the DG will be able help you form a plan if youfind this bit difficult.What will your friends sponsor you for?Your goal doesnt have to be something new or something youve been stuck on for years.As long as your friends and family will sponsor you to achieve it then it can be your goal.You might be in the middle of a long term project, in which case a certain step along theway could be your goal for this year.Choosing your goalYou may already have a goal in mind or you may not. Whichever it is, think carefully aboutyour choice. Keep it clear and simple, and make sure its something you actually want to do.If your goal involves your horse or another person or animal, make sure that your goal takesthem into consideration too. You may dearly wish to compete in a three day event thissummer but if your horse is 20 years old and has never done anything more than hacking itsnot really going to work, is it? The last thing we want is for people to push their horses intosomething unfair simply in order to raise money.
What if you dont reach your goal?Some of us may well not reach the goal we set in the time frame we decided. You will,though, hopefully have got part way there, in which case your sponsors may agree to payyou a part of the agreed sponsorship, or they may agree to extending the date. And if yoursponsors decide not to pay you because you havent achieved your goal, then at least youwill have taken part and learned along the way.Ideas of goals • Overcoming confidence wobbles: this could be aiming for your first hack, your first canter or your first solo ride in years. It could be entering your first show or jumping a course of 2ft jumps. • Helping your horse over something: travelling, clipping, competing indoors - working through whatever issues your horse has could be your goal. • Learning something new - if youve always fancied endurance, Le Trec or dressage, this could be the time to try it. Give yourself an achievable goal and go for it! • Moving on to the next step - if youre already competing in a discipline and now its time to move up a gear, then make achieving that next step your goal. • Reaching a milestone, such as gaining your MRPCH or BHS AINon-horsey goalsYour goals dont have to be horsey. If your aim is to run a marathon, win the agility cup withyour dog or fly in a plane for the first time, then make it your sponsored goal.Shout about it!Be proud of what you are about to achieve. Let your friends and family know what youredoing so they can sponsor you and join in your proud moments. Let others at the yard knowtoo, so that they can rally round and even help. If youre doing something of wider interest,dont be afraid to contact the local press or radio. The local media love good news storiessuch as "local girl rides across England for charity". Dont forget to document your progress,including good quality photos. The IH Magazine is always on the lookout for stories!DisclaimerPlease be safe! Whilst we really appreciate your support, Intelligent Horsemanship is notresponsible for organising, supervising or hosting your sponsorship activity. All activities,and participation in them, are at the participants’ own risk. • Neither Intelligent Horsemanship or the charity for which funds are being raised accepts responsibility or liability for any loss or damage, or for any death or personal injury, arising out of any sponsorship activity including liability as a result of negligence (except where caused by our own negligence). • Your sponsorship materials must not suggest that you represent IH, only that you are fundraising in support of our chosen charities. • If children (under 16) are involved in sponsorship in any way, please make sure that they have permission from their parent or guardian, and are properly supervised by a
responsible adult. Children should never approach strangers about sponsorshipSponsor Information SheetEach year, the Intelligent Horsemanship Association nominates a registered equinecharity to be the IH Charity of the Year. Our charity for 2013 is the Shy Lowen Horseand Pony Sanctuary in Liverpool. Shy Lowen is a very special charity for tworeasons. Firstly, they accept horses with behavioural problems and use IH methods todeal with them. Secondly, the sanctuary is in part run by local children and youngpeople, some with issues of their own. Horse and human teach each other, resulting ina brighter future for both.You can read more about Shy Lowen at www.shylowen.com.By sponsoring me to achieve my own goal, you will also be sponsoring Shy Lowento achieve its goals.Name: .........................................................................................................Goal: .........................................................................................................Deadline: .........................................................................................................My goal and why it is significant for me:
IH Sponsored Goals Sponsorship FormName of participant …………………………………………………. Tick if Name Address Amount Paid Thank You for Your Help and Contributions