A video competition that allows dressage riders to compete without having to travel to an event has been opened by the Pony Riders Association (PRA). All proceeds from entry fees will go to the Cancer Laryngectomee Trust (CLT).
Competitors must submit video footage of their performance on any 20x40m arena to be judged by a British Dressage judge. There is a choice of two tests at each of three levels: Pony Club walk and trot test D; British Dressage preliminary one and seven; and novice 21 and 28.
The overall winner will receive a £50 voucher for Cavaletti Clothing and all class winners will get a fleece sweatshirt. There will be rosettes for those in first to sixth places.
There will also be special rosettes awarded to the smartest combination in each class and the highest placed adult riding a pony under 15hh.
Carole Stainton, a trustee of the CLT, said: This competition is open to anyone of any age group [provided they have not achieved more than 38 British Dressage points], and you can do it in your own time and in your own arena.
Entry fees are £6.50 per class or £5.50 per class for PRA and CLT members. The closing date for submissions is 20 October. Schedules are available at www.cancerlt.org.
The move follows a similar initiative launched by website www.interdressage.com, which invites riders to send in videos of their home dressage performances for a judge to officiate in a monthly virtual competition (news, 19 April).