Young Horse and Pony Championships

Competition opportunities for young horses and ponies within British Dressage exist to produce and educate the future stars of the sport with the health, happiness and career longevity of each equine athlete in mind.

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With opportunities for four, five, six and seven year old horses, there’s a class to suit any young horse at different stages of their development.

KBIS Young Dressage Horse Championships

Supported by BD Official Insurance Partner KBIS, the British Young Dressage Horse Championships are the annual aim for many young horse producers, breeders, owners and riders. Qualifiers take place from early spring through to mid-summer, before the top placed horses from these events head to two semi-final competitions to decide the entries for the Championship final, taking place at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships.


The qualifiers are open to four, five and six year old horses and the tests are designed to give each age group maximum confidence and security in the arena. First round qualifiers see combinations ride the commanded route place in pairs and there will be no final judging by the panel. The top two from each age group, with scores over 7.0, will go forward to the semi-final. Download the commanded floor plan below.

At the semi-finals, the BD National tests for each age group are used to determine the National Final places, with the top three horses given direct qualification. Wild cards are issued following the two semi-final competitions to complete the line-up. The KBIS Young Dressage Horse Championships follow the same format as the semi-finals, with the top placed combinations going forward to final judging the next day where the popular rider judge testing contributes to the ultimate results. To purchase the semi-final and Championship tests, please visit our shop below.


KBIS Seven Year Old Championship 2022

The qualifiers will run a dedicated Advanced Medium Seven Year Old class where Advanced Medium 96 2011 will be ridden and judged as normal BD competition with one judge at the appropriate level. The top two horses with scores 63% or over will qualify for the semi finals. If either horses are already qualified, the place will roll down to the next horse, provided they have a score of 63% or over. At the semi finals, the test ridden will be Advanced Medium 96 2011. The top three will qualify providing they score 65% or over and any remaining championship places will be filled by wildcards. 

KBIS Young Pony Championships 2022

For four, five and six year old ponies not exceeding 149cm, this exciting championship concludes in a final held at The Hartpury Festival of Dressage. The rules and qualifying fixtures reflect the first round system of the KBIS Young Dressage Horse Championships, with the top four placed combinations earning over 7.0 achieving a place at the coveted final. Adults of appropriate size and weight and young riders over the age of 12 are permitted to ride in the classes. 

2022 Dates for all National Championships

Venue County  Date
Myerscough College Lancashire 09 – 13 March
Parwood Equestrian Centre Surrey 19 March
Morris Equestrian Centre East Ayrshire 25 March
Kingswood Equestrian Centre Staffordshire 26 April
Keysoe Bedfordshire 29 Apr – 01 May
Sparsholt College Hampshire 01 May
Sheepgate Equestrian Lincolnshire 5 May
Stourport Riding Centre Worcestershire 06 May
Moreton Equestrian Centre Dorset 12 May
Hickstead West Sussex 13 – 15 May
Alnwick Ford Equestrian Northumberland 14 - 15 May
Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre Somerset 20 May
Cherwell Competition Centre Oxfordshire 22 May
Manor Grange Stud West Yorkshire 24 May
Wix Equestrian Centre Essex 28 May
Somerford Park Cheshire 27 – 29 May
Field House Equestrian Centre Staffordshire 05 June
Wellington Riding Hampshire 08 – 12 June
Beechwood Equestrian Centre Essex 11 June
Windmill Farm Buckinghamshire 11 June
Hartpury Festival of Dressage Gloucestershire 06 – 10 July
Port Royal Equestrian & Exhibition Centre North Yorkshire 22 – 24 July
Young Pony Championships Hartpury Arena Gloucestershire 6 - 10 July
LeMieux National Championships, Somerford Park Cheshire 15 - 19 September


A minimum of Club membership for both horse and rider is required to participate in KBIS Young Horse and BD Young Pony classes. If a combination qualifies for any of the subsequent championships, an upgrade to a Full (competing) membership and horse registration is necessary. Riders can take part in young horse classes from the age of 12 and above. Full (competing) registration is required for horse and rider for the seven year old classes. If you are an owner, you will need either Full (non-competing) or Full (competing) membership.