Rhinegold are the new sponsors of the prestigious young dressage horse classes, which also take on a new format next year

The British young dressage horse championships, which culminate in finals at Hickstead, have a new sponsor.

Equine insurance company Shearwater was title sponsor of the championships for the past seven years, but for the next three, they will be sponsored by rugmaker Rhinegold.

In addition, the national/international division has been discontinued.

Now, there will be one five-year-old and one six-year-old section, with qualifiers around the country.

This year, the finals will be an added attraction at the 2003 European Dressage Championships, which are coming to Britain for the first time in their 40-year history.

Winners at this year’s championships included Lady Bamford’s Wild At Heart, who was also eighth at the WorldBreeding Championships at Verden, and Wikefield Grane Viking, Barbara Harrison-Bland’s Va Tout stallion.

Dane Rawlins, show director of dressage at Hickstead, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have a high calibre sponsor to help us develop this class. The competition will be brought more in line with international level dressage and will be judged by a top judge and trainer approved by the British International Dressage Trainers Foundation.”

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