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Arab Horse Championships - all you need to know

last updated on February 17, 2017 12:23

Arab Horse Championships - all you need to know

New for 2017, British Dressage is proud to present the Arab Horse Dressage Championships. Riders lucky enough to ride one of these horses, whether purebred or part bred, will now have the opportunity to qualify for a prestigious championship at Solihull Riding Club in the West Midlands on Saturday 7 October.

The Arabian, whose history can be traced back to 3000 years BC, has had a huge influence on the breeding of competition horses today. Its DNA has influenced every light horse and many pony and warmblood breeds throughout history.

Well known for their ability on the racetrack and for endurance, their talents don’t stop there! The refinement of these revered horses, combined with power, agility and grace also makes them elegant dressage horses and many part-breds have made it to the top in the Olympic disciplines.

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 one section for purebreds and one section for Part breds or Anglo Arabs at each level at the championships.
- They’re run under BD/ Quest Club 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, 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 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.
- To qualify, your pony or horse must be registered with the Arab Horse Society in either the pure, part bred or Anglo Arab Stud book or Register. You need a minimum of Bronze membership with the Arab Horse Society.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 January 2017 and 30 September 2017.
- A horse and rider combination must achieve three scores at 60% or above in regular BD or Quest club 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 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 be help at Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands on Saturday 7 October.
- There will be two sections per level – A- Purebred B- Part Bred or Anglo Arab.

I still have questions, who should I contact?
- Karen Beaumont at British Dressage: 02476 698909
- Jayne Armstrong at the Arab Horse Society: 0797 1864398