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Draught Horse Championships - all you need to know

last updated on January 30, 2017 14:09

Draught Horse Championships - all you need to know

British Dressage is proud to present the Draught Horse Championships for a second year following its huge popularity in 2016. Riders of these majestic breeds will now have the opportunity to qualify for a prestigious championship on Saturday 4 November 2017 at Keysoe in Bedfordshire.

Heavy horses and part-bred heavy horses are becoming familiar sights at BD shows – and it’s no surprise as they are more than proving themselves able within the white boards. These gentle giants of the horse world have been man’s loyal working partner for hundreds of years and were indispensable to generations of pre-industrial farmers.

Draught horses and draught crossbreds are versatile horses used today for a multitude of purposes including farming, draught horse showing, logging, recreation, and other uses. They are commonly used for crossbreeding, especially to light riding breeds such as the Thoroughbred, for the purpose of creating sport horses. These horses, with their high work ethic and amenable dispositions, are very capable performers under saddle.

Which breeds are eligible?
Draught breeds to include but not exclusive to:
- Ardennais
- Ariegeois
- Bashkir
- Belgium Draft
- Boulannais
- Breton
- Clydesdale
- Cleveland Bay
- Fjord
- Haflinger
- Irish Draught
- Italian Heavy Draft
- Jutland
- Noriker
- Norman Cob
- North Swedish
- Percheron
- Schleswig Draft Horse
- Shire
- South German Heavy Horse
- Suffolk Punch
- Vladimir Heavy Draft

What levels do they run at?
- Intro
- Prelim
- Novice
- Elementary

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 are 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 Draught Horse 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 and Elementary levels will require class tickets to compete unless you are a full BD member with a fully BD-registered horse.
- BD will provide two free class tickets to anyone who is not a full member who would like to try and qualify.
- Horses and ponies must be registered with one of the draught breed societies to compete in the purebred section. To compete in the part bred section, proof is required that the horse or pony is a minimum of 12.5% of one of the breeds.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 January 2017 and 30 September 2017.
- A horse and rider combination needs 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 competition. 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 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 at Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire on 4 November 2017.
- 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