Young Horse

Competition opportunities for young horses 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.

Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championships

Supported by BD Official Insurance Partner Shearwater Insurance, 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.

Normal format

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, before the top six are called back into the arena for final judging to decide the placings. The top two from each age group, with scores over 7.0, will go forward to the semi-final of their choice.

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 Shearwater 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.

2020 series and championship 

Revised format under COVID

With the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championships rescheduled, we can confirm the format and dates as follows. Under the revised format there won’t now be a semi-final stage, instead the top four from each qualifier will earn a championship spot provided a score of seven or more is given. Those who finished in the first four at the Myerscough and Blue Barn qualifiers earlier this year will also qualify for the final.

Tests at the qualifiers

The revised 2020 qualifiers are open to four, five, six and seven year old horses. For horses aged 4 - 6, the tests are designed to give each age group maximum confidence and security in the arena with commanded route place in pairs. The top six are called back into the arena for final judging to decide the placings. The top four from each age group, with scores over 7.0, will go forward to the semi-final of their choice.

4 & 5 year olds - commanded route plan
6 year old - commanded route plan
7 year old - Advanced Medium 92

Please note: for seven year old classes, double bridles are permitted.

2020 Dates

Venue County  Date
Kingswood Equestrian Centre Staffordshire 07 - 08 August
Beechwood Equestrian Centre Essex 16 August
Field House Equestrian Centre Staffordshire 23 August
Moreton Equestrian Centre Dorset 27 August
Sparsholt College Hampshire 29 August
Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre Somerset 05 September
Parwood Equestrian Centre Surrey 05 September
Morris Equestrian East Ayrshire 05 - 06 September
Windmill Farm Buckinghamshire 09 September
Alnwick Ford Northumberland 12 - 13 September
Stourport Riding Centre Worcestershire 18 September
Cherwell Competition Centre Oxfordshire 19 - 20 September

The Championships will be held at The College, Keysoe in Bedfordshire, from 2-4 October 2020.

British Dressage Young Pony Championships 2020

For four, five and six year old ponies not exceeding 149cm, this exciting championship concludes in a final held at The College, Keysoe in Bedfordshire, from 2-4 October 2020 . The rules reflect the first round system of the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championships, with the top four placed combinations earning over 7.0 achieving a place at the coveted final. Adults and young riders over the age of 12 are invited to present in this class.  

Membership

A minimum of Club membership for both horse and rider is required to participate in Young Horse classes. If a combination qualifies for any of the subsequent championships, an upgrade to a Full membership and horse registration is necessary. Riders can take part in young horse classes from the age of 12 and above.

Shearwater Insurance

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