Ideal Saddles Combined Training – back with a bang for 2021

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:21 GMT

Are you a dressage expert who loves a bit of fun over the coloured poles? Or maybe an eventer looking to practice over the winter months? Or even a jumper with a goal to improve your flat work. Well, we have the perfect series for all of you; the The Ideal Saddle Company Combined Training Championship 2021.

One of Britain’s most popular saddlery brands, Ideal returns for their fifth year supporting the ever popular series which is a firm favourite with brand ambassador and international dressage star, Hayley Watson-Greaves. In that time, the series has grown in popularity and this year, we’ve added an additional two qualifiers to the calendar which gets underway on 1 January 2021. There’s also a new venue for the championship finals in Onley Grounds in Warwickshire while former hosts Field House remain as a qualifier venue.

“As we enter our fifth year as title sponsor of the Ideal Saddles Combined Training Championships, I would like to recognise the spirit of the riders at the 2020 championships, who under the cloud of Covid, still attended, determined to compete. That Sunday in March was truly memorable as, we presented to our 2020 champions and the government announced lockdown the next day,” said Jim Revilles, Ideal Saddles Product and Development Manager.

He continued; “Ideal Saddles is excited to support the 2021 series and championships and look forward to attending the championships to meeting the competitors. Ideal Saddles is well known as producers of jumping saddles as well as dressage, so the Ideal Saddles Combined Training Championships, that includes both disciplines, is the perfect match for our brand and range of saddles.”

So what’s involved?

  •  Choose your dressage level and showjumping height, there are six classes to select from:
BD level and test Showjumping maximum height
Prelim 2 (2016) 70cm
Prelim 18 (2002) 80cm
Novice 24 (2010) 90cm
Novice 34 (2009) 100cm
Elementary 42 (2008) 90cm
Elementary 50 (2007) 100cm

Prelim and Novice are open to combinations who’ve not competed at Medium and above, and Elementary open to any combination at any level/eligibility no matter of their previous competition record. To qualify for the Championship, simply place in the top two in any class at any qualifier.

  • Check your membership! All that’s required to have a go at one of these amazing qualifiers is a minimum Associate Membership and Horse Registration on a class ticket. Horses and riders on Club and Premier Club and Full membership can also take part.
  • Enter your nearest Ideal Saddles Combined Training qualifier – you can enter as many as you like.
  • Saddle up and get started! To qualify for the Ideal Saddle Company Championships, simply place in the top two at any qualifier.

2021 calendar

Click on the venue name for the qualifier schedule:

Date Venue County
10 January Solihull Equestrian Centre West Midlands
16 January Northallerton Equestrian Centre North Yorkshire
23 January Port Royal Equestrian & Exhibition Centre North Yorkshire
24 January Brook Farm Equestrian Club Essex
24 January Holmside Hall Equestrian Durham
30 January Cherwell Competition Centre Oxfordshire
31 January Field House Equestrian Centre Staffordshire
31 January Petley Wood Equestrian Centre East Sussex  
02 February Keysoe EC  Bedfordshire
07 February Moreton EC Dorset
07 February Wellington Riding Hampshire
13 February Allens Hill Competition & Livery Centre Worcestershire
14 February Mount Ballan Monmouthshire
14 February West Wilts Equestrian Centre Wiltshire
20 February Hartpury University & Hartpury College Gloucestershire
21 February Bold Heath Equestrian Centre Cheshire
21 February Chard Equestrian Ltd Somerset
26 February Felbridge Showground West Sussex
28 February Bury Farm Equestrian Village Buckinghamshire
06 March Colraine Equestrian Centre Cornwall
13 March Alnwick Ford Equestrian Northumberland
03 – 04 April Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre Warwickshire

Tell us all about it – and we’ll share your story

We want to hear all about your Ideal Saddle Company Combined Training experiences! Do you ride a dressage-bred superstar who’s taken to jumping later in life, is this your first attempt at qualifying for a British Dressage Championship or maybe your horse has beaten the odds to make it back to the competition arena! Get in touch via British Dressage Facebook to have your say!

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