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Native Breeds Championship - all you need to know

last updated on June 01, 2017 16:48

Native Breeds Championship - all you need to know

Open to 11 breeds native to Great Britain, this championship is a popular series for riders of these attractive ponies.

Britain is lucky to have a heritage of breeds native to these isles. Throughout history, these breeds have supported our way of life and adapted to survive in the exposed and rugged regions of the UK, but selective breeding has made them into versatile all-round ponies for modern life. They possess many sought after qualities for competition which is reflected by the influence of Welsh and New Forest genes in the breeding of Europe’s top dressage ponies.

Which breeds are included?
• Connemara – British Connemara Pony Society -
• Dales- Dales Pony Society -
• Dartmoor- Dartmoor Pony Society -
• Eriskay – Eriskay Pony Society -
• Exmoor – Exmoor Pony Society -
• Fell – Fell Pony Society -
• Highland – Highland Pony Society -
• New Forest – New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society -
• Shetland – Shetland Pony Stud Book Society -
• Welsh (A, B, C & D) – Welsh Pony and Cob Society -

What levels do they run at?
- Intro
- Prelim
- Novice
- Elementary
- Medium
- Advanced Medium
- Prix St Georges

Who can compete?
- The championships are open to current Full and Club members, and those who have never competed BD before are welcome.
- There will be a section for purebreds and a section for part breds at each level at the Championships.
- 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?
- To qualify for The Native Pony Championships, riders need to be a minimum of a BD Club member (£30) and horses must be a minimum of BD associate registered. Associate registration is free of charge. This allows the combination to compete at Intro and Prelim levels, however to compete in the final, all riders must be full BD members. Novice level and above will require class tickets to compete unless you are a full BD member and the pony or horse is fully BD-registered.
- 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 pure or part bred list.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 January 2017 and 31 August 2017.
- A horse and rider combination need to achieve three scores at 60% or above in regular BD or Quest competitions at the level they wish to compete at.
- All horses and riders must be eligible for Bronze or Silver at the level they wish to qualify in accordance with BD rules.
- By achieving the three scores this gives direct qualification for the Championships.

What shows can I get my scores at?
- Scores can be gained in any regular BD affiliated competition or BD Quest competitions. To see a list of competitions please visit
- 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?
- Combinations may compete and qualify at different levels but can only compete in two levels/classes at the final.

How to do I know when I have qualified?
- Once you have achieved your three qualifying scores, you need to log your qualification with BD.
- Please send an email to or write to Karen Beaumont, British Dressage, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG, stating where and when you achieved your three scores to qualify.
- You will then receive an invitation to the final after the qualifying period has ended.

What happens at the final?
- The final will take place on 27 September – 1 October at Vale View, Leicestershire.
- There will be two sections per level – A- Purebred B- Part Bred.

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