Lusitano Championships - all you need to know

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:00

British Dressage is proud to present the Lusitano Dressage Championships for a fourth year. Riders of Lusitano horses will again have the opportunity to qualify for a dedicated championship final to be held at Keysoe EC in Bedfordshire on Saturday 29th September 2018. 

The Lusitano, or PSL (Puro Sangue Lusitano) is a Portuguese breed closely related to the PRE horse of Spain. Originally bred for the military, bull fighting and classical dressage, the Lusitano, with its willing character, talent for collection, and powerful gaits constitutes the ideal partner for competitive dressage.

These popular, attractive horses continue to prove themselves at the highest levels of international sport.

What levels do they run at?

o Prelim
o Novice
o Elementary
o Medium
o Advanced Medium
o Prix St Georges
Who can compete?

o Open to any full bred Lusitano horse registered with the Lusitano Horse Society. 
o This is open to current Full and Club members. 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 horses, owners and riders must also be registered with the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain

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 click here. 
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: 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 The final will take place at Keysoe EC in Bedfordshire on Saturday 29th September 2018.

I still have questions, who should I contact?

o Christina Stuart at British Dressage: 02476 698909