RoR Thoroughbred Championships - all you need to know

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:29

British Dressage is proud to welcome back this dedicated championship for Retrained Racehorses which will be hosted by Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire on Sunday 16 September 2018.

Best known for their ability on the racetrack, the talent of these athletes doesn’t stop there. Blessed with great speed, their courage, sensitivity and intelligence makes them excellent event horses, and dressage partners too with the right training. Often crossed with other types, the DNA of the Thoroughbred has had a huge influence in the breeding of the modern sport horse adding refinement to the warmblood breeds.

What levels do they run at?

o Intro
o Prelim
o Novice
o Elementary
o Medium

Who can compete?

o Open to any horse RoR registered with a current RoR Competition membership. 
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:

Intro - Prelim Bronze
Prelim Silver, Novice and above
Membership required for the final:

- All horses must hold a current RoR Competition Registration. 
- All horses and riders must be full BD members. 

How do I qualify?

o Qualification period is between the 1 December 2017 and 31 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. Follow this link to see a list of competitions. 
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 The final will take place at Vale View EC on Sunday 16 September 2018. 

What happens at the championships?

- RoR will be very kindly presenting prizes to all winners from Intro – Medium.

I still have questions, who should I contact?

o Christina Stuart at British Dressage: 02476 698909
o Margaret O’Sullivan at RoR:

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