Arab Horse Championships - all you need to know

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:04

British Dressage is proud to present the Arab Horse Dressage Championships for a second year following its success in 2017. Riders lucky enough to ride one of these horses, whether purebred or part bred, will now have the opportunity to qualify for a prestigious championship on Saturday 20 October 2018 at Solihull RC in the West Midlands.

The Arabian, whose history can be traced back to 3000 years BC, has had a huge influence on the breeding of competition horses today. Its DNA has influenced every light horse and many pony and warmblood breeds throughout history.

Well known for their ability on the racetrack and for endurance, their talents don’t stop there! The refinement of these revered horses, combined with power, agility and grace also makes them elegant dressage horses and many part-breds have made it to the top in the Olympic disciplines.

What levels do they run at?

o Intro
o Prelim
o Novice
o Elementary

Who can compete?

o The championship is open to Purebred, Part bred and Anglo Arabs. 
o At the championship there will be one section for purebreds and one section for Part breds or Anglo Arabs at each level. 
o Additionally the championship is open to current Full, Club members and those who have never competed BD before are welcome. 
o They’re run under BD/Quest rules and combinations must be eligible for the level at which they wish to compete.

Which organisations do I need to be a member of to be able to qualify?

BD membership/ registration to qualify:

Level Horse Rider
Intro - Prelim Bronze Club/Full/Ticket/Trial Club/Full/Ticket/Trial
Prelim Silver, Novice and above Full/Ticket/Trial Full/Ticket/Trial

Membership required for the final:

- All horses and riders must be full BD members 
- All ponies or horses must be registered with the Arab Horse Society in either the pure, part bred or Anglo Arab Stud book or Register. 
- All Riders or owners must hold a minimum of Bronze membership with the Arab Horse Society. 

How do I qualify?

o Qualification period is between the 1st December 2017 and 31st August 2018
o To qualify directly for the final for the championship, horse and rider combinations must achieve three scores of 60% or above, gained between 1st December 2017 and the 31st August 2018. 
o Horse and rider combinations must be eligible for Bronze or Silver sections for the level they wish to qualify in accordance with BD Rules.

Please note: The winning combination at each level at the final will not be eligible for the same level or below in future years and must compete at a higher level.

What shows can I get my scores at?

o Scores can be gained in any regular BD affiliated competition or BD Team/My Quest competition. To see a list of competitions please follow this link.
o Score sheets from Area Festivals, Regionals, Winter or National Championships and Quest Regional or Quest National Championships, may not be used towards qualification. 

Can I compete at different levels?
o Combinations may compete and qualify at different levels but can only compete in two levels/classes at the final. 

How do I know when I have qualified? 

o Once you have achieved your three qualifying scores, you need to register your qualification with BD. 
o Please fill in the qualification form and then send an e-mail to or post to:
o British Dressage, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG, stating where and when you achieved your three qualifying scores.
o You’ll then receive an invitation to the final with all the championships details. 

Where and when is the final?
o Solihull RC, West Midlands on Saturday 20 October 2018. 

I still have questions, who should I contact?

o Christina Stuart at British Dressage: 02476 698909
o Jayne Armstrong at the Arab Horse Society: 07971 864398