Steps Sideways In Support Of The March
the announcement by the Countryside Alliance that the next Countryside
March will be held in London on the Sunday 22nd September, British
Dressage has changed the dates of the Mercedes-Benz National Dressage
Championships which were due to take place over the same weekend
from 19th - 22nd September. The Mercedes-Benz National Dressage
Championships will now be held 1 week later from Thursday 26th to
Sunday 29th September 2002 at the National Agricultural Centre in
Championships were already due to see significant changes in 2002
as the show will grow from three to four days and the arena layout
will change to benefit spectators. There will be two arenas instead
of three bringing spectators closer to the action.
an exciting new deal this year's Mercedes-Benz National Champion
will scoop a Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster to drive for a year.
Some riders hoping to compete in the World Equestrian Games in Spain
have already indicated that the extra week may make it possible
for them to return to England to compete for this coveted prize.
about the change of date British Dressage Chairman Desi Dillingham
said : "The March is a vital statement from all those involved
in rural life and countryside issues. Even with much of the planning
in place we had no hesitation in taking steps to make it possible
for members, competitors, spectators and officials to attend both
these important fixtures."
on the news Countryside Alliance Commercial Director Roger Loodmer
said : "I can imagine all the hard work you must have had to
go through to change the date for your Championships. This is very
much appreciated by everyone at the Countryside Alliance, and I
hope that both the Countryside March and the Mercedes-Benz National
Dressage Championships are a great success."
National Dressage Championships
26th - Sunday 29th September 2002
Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire