British Dressage (BD) have announced that they’ve re-introduced combined training back into their competition calendar. “We picked up that the equestrian community has been missing combined training since its demise in 2010, so felt that after a break, it was time to bring it back,” said BD Sport Operations Manager Paul Graham.
The qualifying competitions will start at the end of October and run through to April 2017 with two finals, one in the north at Vale View in Leicestershire and southern competitors aiming for Wellington in Hampshire, both held on Bank Holiday weekend, 27 – 28 May 2017.
BD has worked in close collaboration with British Eventing, British Showjumping and British Riding Clubs to bring the series alive, so any paid member of these organisations, plus the Pony Club, can take part. There’s also no requirement for the horse to be registered so it’s an inexpensive way to hone your dressage skills, while working on your show jumping technique all with the chance of qualifying for a fabulous final.
Qualifiers are open to combinations of any level/grade in any discipline and there are four classes for riders to contest that will be run across all qualifier competitions:
BD dressage test Show jumping height
Prelim 2 (2016) Maximum height 70cm
Prelim 18 (2002) Maximum height 80cm
Novice 24 (2010) Maximum height 90cm
Novice 34 (2009) Maximum height 1m
Dates of qualifiers, schedules and rules www.britishdressage.co.uk