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Veteran Horse & Rider Champs - all you need to know

last updated on August 04, 2017 17:20

Veteran Horse & Rider Champs - all you need to know

After the huge success of the Veteran Horse and Rider Championships the past two years, British Dressage and the Veteran Horse Society are proud to be running this popular series for a third year.

The Veteran Horse Championships has two sections – one for horses aged 15-19 and one for those aged 20 and over, and the Veteran Rider Championship is for competitors aged 55 and over.

This is an exciting opportunity for riders and horses who are still fighting fit and raring to go as they get a little older.

The Championships will take place at Vale View in Leicestershire, 12-15 October 2017.

What levels do they run at?
- Intro
- Prelim
- Novice
- Elementary
- Medium
- Advanced Medium
- Prix St Georges (Riders & 15-19 years horses only)

Who can compete?
- Both the Veteran Horse and Veteran Rider Championships are open to current Full and Club members. Those who have never competed BD before are welcome.
- They are run under BD/TQ rules and combinations must be eligible for the level at which they wish to compete.
- The Veteran Horse Championship is open to all horses age 15 years and over. Age is taken from the 1st January in the year in which they were born.
- The Veteran Rider Championship is open to all riders aged 55 or over at the time of obtaining qualifying scores on horses four years old or over.
- The Prix St Georges is for Veteran Riders and for 15 – 19 year old horses only.

Which organisations do I need to be a member of to be able to qualify?
- To qualify for the Veteran Horse Championships, riders need to be a minimum of a Club member (£30) and horses must be a minimum of associate registered. Associate registration is free of charge. All horses must also be associate registered with the Veteran Horse Society (VHS). This allows the combination to compete at Intro and Prelim levels, however to compete at the final, all riders must be full BD members. Novice level and above requires a class ticket to compete unless you are a full BD member with a fully BD-registered horse.
- To qualify for the Veteran Rider Championships, riders need to be a minimum of a Club member (£30) and horses must be a minimum of associate registered. Associate registration is free of charge. This allows the combination to compete at Intro and Prelim levels, however to compete at the final, all riders must be full BD members. Novice level and above requires a class ticket 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 with BD who would like to try and qualify at Novice and above.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.
- A horse and rider combination must 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 http://schedules.britishdressage.co.uk/default.aspx
- 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.
- Combinations can compete and qualify for both the Veteran Horse and Veteran Rider Championships however they will need to gain two different sets of scores for each championship i.e. three scores for the Veteran Horse and three different scores for the Veteran Rider.

How to do I know when I have qualified?
- Once you have achieved your three qualifying scores for either the Veteran Horse/ Rider you need to log your qualification with BD
- Please send an email to karen.beaumont@britishdressage.co.uk 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’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 Vale View EC, Leicestershire on 12 - 15 October 2017
- At the final, each level i.e. Intro, Prelim etc. will be split into three sections:
o Horses aged 15 -19 years old
o Horses 20 years and over
o Riders 55 and over
Prizes will be awarded in each of the three section at all levels

Do I have to upgrade my memberships to compete at the final?
- All riders in both the Veteran Horse and Veteran Rider Championships must be full BD members and all horses must be a minimum of BD associate registered.
- Horses qualifying for the Veteran Horse Championships must be fully registered with Veteran Horse Society; this will include needing to provide the passport for over stamping.

I still have questions, who should I contact?
- Karen Beaumont at British Dressage karen.beaumont@britishdressage.co.uk 02476 698909
- Julianne Aston at the Veteran Horse Society info@veteran-horse-society.co.uk 01239 881300

 



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