Jump on board for the 2021 Equissage Pulse Para Championships
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After time away from competition, it’s exciting to have a number of finals to look forward to in the second half of the year as announced in the March Operational Plan. Three such events are the trio of Equissage Pulse Para Championships, which offer para riders great opportunity to finally get out and put their training to the test in a championship environment.
Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships
Plans for the Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships are in the final stages, and how revitalising it will be to once again be staging a para dressage championship after all the uncertainty of the past year. Covering Bronze, Silver and Gold sections, the event was originally due to take place in March, but has been rescheduled for 23 – 25 May at the same venue, Myerscough College in Lancashire. The revised schedule is available online and entries, which close on Sunday 16 May, are now open via Horse Monkey. Myerscough look forward to welcoming you!
Those who secured their ticket to compete during the qualifying period last year will no doubt be eager to once again ride down the centre line.
Equissage Pulse Summer Para Championships
Bronze and Silver Sections
Due to the shortened summer season, the qualification requirements for the Equissage Pulse Summer Para Championships have been revised. For the Bronze and Silver Championships, held at Solihull in the West Midlands on 04 – 05 September, the requirements have been halved, therefore Bronze riders require two points, and Silver riders five points.
Para Gold riders have a semi-final stage to their championship qualification, which is held on the first day of the Festival of Para Dressage at Wellington Riding, 09 – 11 June.
The qualification period for the Festival of Para Dressage now ends on 25 May 2021 and the criteria has been amended to one score of 65% or more obtained within the previous 12 months for each grade, in either the individual or team test. One qualifying score in the individual test provides eligibility for all three days, including the Gold semi-final. The team test applies to days two and three only.
The top three riders in each grade scoring 64% or over at the semi-final will then have the opportunity to compete at the Equissage Pulse Summer Gold Championships. This prestigious final will take place as part of the LeMieux National Championships at its new home, Somerford Park in Cheshire.
Qualification requirements at a glance
Equissage Pulse Summer Gold Championship
|Competition||Score||Gold test required||Classes qualified for|
|Gold semi-final and Festival of Para Dressage||1 x 65%||Individual||Individual (Gold semi-final), Team and FSM (all three days)|
|Festival of Para Dressage, Wellington Riding||1 x 65%||Team||Team and FSM (days two and three of Festival only)|
Equissage Pulse Summer Silver and Bronze Championships
|Section||Revised qualification requirement||Required by|
|Gold||1 x score of 65% from Individual or Team tests (see above)||25 May 2021|
|Silver||Five points||30 June 2021|
|Bronze||Two points||30 June 2021|
Gold (Semi-finals and Summer Championships)
- Open to any rider with an FEI Classification.
- Combinations must gain 12 points.
- Six points may come from CPEDI3* or a Para PYO (Non FEI) (Individual Championship test only).
- 12 points qualifies the combination to enter the semi-final.
- The number of horses per rider are unlimited at the Gold semi-final, however may be restricted for the final.
- Combinations wishing to compete at the semi-final must achieve their points before the closing date.
- A non-travelling reserve list will be held to ensure all spaces are filled at the semi-final.
Gold Winter Championships
- Open to any rider with FEI classification
- Combinations must gain 12 points
- Six points may come from CPEDI3* or Para PYO (Non FEI) (Individual Championship test only).
- No restriction on the number of horses a rider may qualify and compete at the Winter Championships
Silver Championships (Winter and Summer Championships)
- Open to Silver and Bronze riders; however, only points gained in the Silver section of Novice A tests count
- Combinations must gain 10 points.
- Five points may come from a CPEDI2*/CPEDI1* (single best score to count) and/or Para PYO (Novice A only).
- Combinations qualify direct.
- No restriction on the number of horses a rider can qualify and contest at the Summer Championships.
Bronze Championships (Winter and Summer Championships)
- Open to Bronze riders only.
- Combinations must gain five points from the Introductory level test. These can include Para PYO classes.
- Combinations qualify direct to Summer and Winter Championships.
All of Team Equissage are extremely excited about the upcoming competition season and have been longing for the days we can return to attending weekly events.
“Like everyone, all of Team Equissage are extremely excited about the upcoming competition season and have been longing for the days we can return to attending weekly events,” says Charlotte Walker, Sales Manager for Equissage Pulse. “We can’t wait to see everyone and show off the new Equissage Pulse Digital when safe to do so!
“We wish you all the best of luck in the season ahead.”
For more information on the championships, please visit our dedicated Para Dressage page.
Photo © Jon Stroud