Life After Racing  > Standardbred Incentive Program

In 2022, the USTA launched SIP, the Standardbred Incentive Program, which recognizes Standardbreds participating in disciplines other than racing. Riders and drivers who take a registered Standardbred to a show or endurance ride in the US or Canada can submit results to accumulate points for year-end awards. A formula determines the number of points earned based on the horse's placing, the number of entries in the class and whether it is a Standardbred-only or open class. The show season runs from December 1 through November 30 annually. There is also recognition for those that trail ride/drive.

If you have a current USTA membership (free for those under 18 years old) participation in SIP is free. Non-members can also participate by purchasing a Non-member Season Pass for the Show Season. Horse enrollment (free) is also required and allows you to designate a show name for your horse if you do not show him/her under their registered name. You do not need to be the owner of record of your horse to participate. Show results are reported electronically, through a USTA MyAccount, as a rider/driver and horse combination; therefore, a USTA MyAccount needs to be set up for each person participating with a horse.


The USTA has created step-by-step tutorials for setting up and navigating SIP in MyAccount.

Divisional Awards

Recognition in the following divisions will be awarded annually. If enough horses participate in any subdivision, recognition may be awarded in a specific subdivision as well:

Handler Performance
Subdivisions: Showmanship
Western Horsemanship
Subdivisions: English (includes style rack, etc)
Western Pleasure (country pleasure, trail pleasure)
Speed Racking (ring)
Subdivisions: Eventing
Combined Driving (CDEs, DTs, Ats)
Subdivisions: Driving (Amateur, Novice/Limit, Open Roadster to Bike, Wagon)
Under Saddle(Open, Amateur)
Carriage/Pleasure Driving (includes obstacles and ring)
English Flat
Subdivisions: 2-Gait
Hunter Under Saddle
Saddle Seat
Over Fences
Subdivisions: Hunter Hack
Subdivisions: Classical (Intro, Training, First, Second, Third)
Subdivisions: Western Pleasure 2-Gait
Western Pleasure 3-Gait
Working Western (includes Ranch horse, reining, cutting, team sorting, team roping, etc.)
Games & Contesting
Subdivisions: Barrel Racing
Speed Racking (straightaway)
Obstacles/Trail (in ring)
Ride & Drive
Games/Fun Classes (costume, ride a buck, egg & spoon, etc)
Other (includes keyhole, down & back, pole bending, other timed events)
Trail & Endurance
Subdivisions: Endurance
Hunter Pace
Other (CTR, Fox Hunting, Ride & Tie, etc)
Trail Riding (mileage accumulation of pleasure trail miles, not during an organized event)

Divisional Winners

Year Division Registered Name (Show Name) Rider/Driver
2022 Halter Metro’s Escape Marcia Harmelink
2022 Handler Performance Metro’s Escape Marcia Harmelink
2022 Three-Phase Parade (Merlin’s Magic) Brianna Touzjian
2022 Roadster Gabe The Bear Dean Duncan Hyler
2022 Carriage/Pleasure Driving Jambalayabar Man (JB) Helene Gregory
2022 English Flat Gone Pecan Angela Collins
2022 Over Fences Pembroke Sparkle Taylor Ferguson
2022 Dressage Determine This Colleen Nolan-Tran
2022 Western Metro’s Escape Marcia Harmelink
2022 Games & Contesting Metro’s Escape Marcia Harmelink

Note: Gaited & Trail/Endurance divisions had no winner for the 2022 show season