Introduce New Championships
Dressage is launching major new Championships in 2003 for young
horses, ponies, mares and stallions. The British Dressage Young
Horse and Breeding Championships will be held over two days, 19th
- 20th July 2003, at Addington Equestrian Centre and is open to
all competitors, whether or not they are BD members.
innovative Championships will feature ridden classes for 4, 5,and
6 year olds, ridden classes for young ponies, in hand classes and
an open freestyle to music class for stallions. The Championships
have been developed along the lines of the German Bundeschampionat
and will emphasise the importance of breeding by generating awareness
and interest in British bred horses.
on the idea behind the event BD Chairman, Desi Dillingham said:
" History has proved that the countries which excel in dressage
have their own successful breeding programmes, and that is what
we are encouraging. In the UK we have stallions, mares and youngstock
easily good enough to hold their own in a worldwide market and we
are keen to build on this."
The first company to sign up to support this initiative is Shearwater
Insurance Services. A long time sponsor of young horse classes,
and of Leslie Law's top international event horse, ShearH2O, Shearwater
Insurance are delighted to sponsor five of the ridden young horse
classes. The Shearwater International classes for 5 and 6 year olds
will use the relevant FEI tests. The Shearwater National classes
will include 4 year olds riding preliminary dressage tests, and
5 and 6 year olds riding novice and elementary tests respectively.
Talking about their involvement in the Championships Shearwater
Managing Director, Jeremy Lawton said: " We at Shearwater are
delighted to be part of this exciting new venture thereby continuing
our support of the Young Horse Classes which we have long believed
to be the best way to encourage and develop potential stars."
full schedule for the Championships will be available from 1st March
2003 by contacting British Dressage, telephone 02476 698830. British
Dressage and Supporters of British Breeding (SBB) members will entitled
to reduced entry fees.
British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships
International 5 year old Championship
International 6 year old Championship
National 4 year old Championship
National 5 year old Championship
National 6 year old Championship
4 year old Pony Championship
5 year old Pony Championship
6 year old Pony Championship
Open Freestyle Championship
Championship - open to 4 year old mares, geldings and stallions
Two year old Championship
Three year old Championship