Grass-roots dressage riders are counting down to the start of the inaugural Team Quest season, with just over 2 weeks to go until the first competitions.
Team Quest is British Dressage’s latest concept aimed at encouraging riders to try dressage in a “fun and relaxed way”, even if they have never competed before.
Teams are made up of 3 or 4 riders who compete in individual classes at intro, prelim and novice level. The best 3 scores count towards an overall percentage for the team.
Each team has a name, captain and can ride in their own colours. Almost 50 teams have already registered — with light-hearted names such as “Let’s Piaffin You” and “Half Passed It” — in the 3 age categories of 16 and under, 25 and under, and mixed.
The series kicks off on 1 March, with competitions at Wellington Riding (Hants), the College of West Anglia (Cambs), Todburn (Northumberland) and Maelor Equestrian Centre (Flintshire). There are more than 75 venues hosting some 275 competitions up until 21 September.
BD Sport Operations Manager Paul Graham said: “Team Quest has really caught the imagination of riders from all over the country. We’ve enjoyed reading all about the team members and have had some fantastically creative names coming in.
“We have a team with a combined age of 221 years and our youngest team notch up just 45 years between them. Teams have been formed from riding clubs, yards, family members — we have a team of ex-racehorses and another where none of the riders know each other — they met on Facebook!
“The response has been amazing and we can’t wait for the first fixtures.”