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Native Breeds Championship - all you need to know

last updated on April 21, 2016 14:59

Native Breeds Championship - all you need to know

Open to 11 breeds native to Britain, this championship, which is supported by Allen & Page, could be the perfect aim for you and your special equine.

Britain is lucky to have a long heritage of breeds native to these Isles. Throughout history, the breeds have supported man and adapted to survive in the rugged regions but selective breeding has made them into all-round ponies for modern life.

Which breeds are included?
Dales - British Dales Pony Society click here
Fell - The Fell Pony Society click here
Connemara - British Connemara Pony Society click here
Dartmoor - Dartmoor Pony Society click here
Exmoor - Exmoor Pony Society click here
Eriskay - Eriskday Pony Society (UK) click here
Highland - Highland Pony Society (UK) click here
New Forest - New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society click here
Shetland - Shetland Pony Stud Book Society click here
Welsh (Sections A, B, C & D) - Welsh Pony and Cob Society click here
British Spotted - British Spotted Pony Society click here

What levels do they run at?
- Intro
- Prelim
- Novice
- Elementary
- Medium to Prix St Georges (combined)
All sections - Gold, Silver and Bronze

Who can compete?
- This is open to existing Full/Quest/BYRDS Club members or anyone who has never competed BD before who has a native pony.
- There will be one section for pure-breds and one section for part-breds at the Championship. 
- They're run under BD/Quest rules and combinations must be eligible for the level at which they wish to compete.

Who do I need to be a member of to be able to qualify?
- To qualify for The Native Pony Championships, riders need to be a minimum of a Quest/BYRDS Club member (£25) on a BD Associate registered horse (free of charge). This allows the combination to compete at Intro and Prelim levels, as well as at the finals. Novice and Elementary will require class tickets to compete unless you're a Full BD member. BD will provide two free class tickets to anyone who is not a Full member who would like to try and qualify. 
- To qualify, your pony or horse must be registered with one of the British Native Pony Breed societies on either the full or part-bred list.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 January 2016 and 30 September 2016.
- A horse and rider combination need to achieve two scores at 60% or above in regular BD or Quest competitions at the level they wish to compete at.
- Achieving the two scores gives direct qualification to the Championships.

What shows can I get my scores at?
- Scores can be gained in any regular BD affiliated or Quest competitions. To see a list of competitions, please visit the fixture list and schedules section
- Score sheets from Area Festivals, Regionals, Championships, Team Quest Regional or National final may not be used towards qualification.

Can I compete at different levels?
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?
- Once you have achieved your two qualifying scores, you need to log that you are qualified with BD. 
- Please send an email to Karen Beaumont or a letter to Karen Beaumont, British Dressage, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG, stating where and when you achieved your two scores to qualify. 
- You'll then receive an invitation to the final after the qualifying period has ended.

What happens at the final?
- The final will take place at Sollihull RC, West Midlands on 30 October.
- There will be two sections per level: A – Pure-bred, B – Part-bred.

I still have questions, who should I contact?
- Karen Beaumont at British Dressage - email or 02476 698909