ShowAssist was founded in the summer of 2019 by a mother and daughter team, Deidre and Malachi. The app is built on the principle that behind every success is a team of dedicated people. Deidre is an Intellectual Property Attorney and a horse show mom. She enjoys helping Malachi while competing at shows. The idea of ShowAssist initially came about as they considered how helpful it would be to have temporary assistance at some competitions. After researching, they quickly realized that there was a need for a way to instantly connect owners, trainers, riders, grooms, braiders and other support staff who are planning to be at the same shows. ShowAssist is so much more than a mobile app. It is a lifesaver! Since its conception, ShowAssist has been designed with the people at the center of the sport in mind.
Photo of Deidre McAuley-Hayes and Malachi Hinton.
The mission of ShowAssist is to build connections and create smiles. It's simplistic yet detailed to make the show experience as smooth as possible.
An Assist is any groom, braider, working student, body worker, stall cleaner or other support staff that assists owners/riders on the showgrounds. This mobile app is exclusively for those assistants who are on-hand to help make the show experience a success.
ShowAssist is for you, whether you are a professional rider, an amateur, an owner, a trainer or a parent. If you need an experienced groom, working student, braider or body worker for a day, a week or the entire show circuit, you can post a job opportunity for free and only pay when you find the help you need.
If you are an experienced groom, working student, braider or body worker looking to make extra income, ShowAssist is for you. You can search for jobs based on your availability and your experience. You can also make your own schedule. Whether you’re looking for work for one day, a full show week or the entire show circuit. You can search and apply for work at all AA, A and select B Rated horse shows across the U.S. and Platinum, Gold, Silver and Select Bronze level horse shows in Canada.
ShowAssist offers a la carte services. ShowAssist can help if you need someone to tack and bring a horse to the show ring, help unload horses and set up stalls on the first day of the show circuit, clean stalls, groom, braid, help set up jumps in the schooling ring, for one day or multiple days, mornings, afternoons or just evenings. ShowAssist fills in the gaps when help is needed, even if its last minute.