New dressage championship for Spanish horses

  • Owners of Spanish horses will now have the chance to qualify for a new championship final with British Dressage (BD).

    The final is open to any pure or part-bred horse registered with British Association of Purebred Spanish Horses (BAPSH) and runs from prelim to medium level.

    To qualify, combinations must achieve two scores of 60% or above in BD or Team Quest competitions at the level they wish to qualify for, from 1 January 2015 until 30 September 2015.

    Once combinations have achieved their two qualifying scores, riders need to log with BD that they have qualified.

    Once these scores are validated, they will receive an invitation to the final — the date and venue of which will be confirmed shortly.

    “This is a great addition to BD and it will be great to see more pure Spanish horses involved in our sport in Britain,” said BD’s Jason Brautigam.

    “BD members will fondly recall watching Fuego, ridden by Juan Manuel Muñoz Díaz, at the 2012 London Olympics [pictured top] and being struck by his flair and presence, so it’ll be fantastic to see more Spanish horses competing on British soil.”

    Riders and owners must be minimum associate registered with BD and members of BAPSH. Horses must also be at least associate registered with BD and fully registered with BAPSH.

    Associate BD registration for horse and rider enables them to compete in prelim level but for any levels above, class tickets are required for those that are not full members. BD will provide two free class tickets for anyone who is not a full member who would like to try to qualify.

    For the final, riders must be a minimum BD Team Quest club member on an associate horse. Combinations can compete and qualify at different levels but can only compete in two classes at the final.

    For more information contact Karen Beaumont, the BD coordinator for the championships. Tel: 02476 698909 or email: karen.beaumont@britishdressage.co.uk

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