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TGCA Championships - all you need to know

last updated on June 13, 2017 10:50

TGCA Championships - all you need to know

Open to horses and ponies registered with the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA), this championship is becoming more and more popular for owners and riders of this much-loved breed.

Originally bred by the Romany Gypsy families to pull their wagons across the length and breadth of England and Ireland, the Traditional Gypsy Cob had to be hardy, fearless, intelligent and powerful, yet docile and patient enough for the whole family to handle. These horses were bred for many generations solely in the UK and Ireland for their temperament, stamina, strength and versatility.

Over the years, they’ve gradually found their way into the hearts of many people who recognise their practicality and no-nonsense approach to life. This lovely temperament, coupled with intelligence and eye catching, active paces makes them a great choice for those wanting an honest, hardworking dressage partner.

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

Who can compete?
- The championships are open to current Full and Club members, and those who have never competed BD before are welcome.
- 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, riders need to be a minimum of a BD Club member (£30). Horses must be a minimum of BD associate registered. Associate registration is free of charge.
- All horses must also be registered with the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA).
- All riders must be a Dressage Member with the TGCA.
- This allows the combination to compete at Intro and Prelim levels. Novice level and above 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.
- For the final, riders need to be a full BD member on an associate (free) horse with BD.

How do I qualify?
- Qualification period is between the 1 January 2017 and 30 September 2017.
- A horse and rider combination just 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 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 a 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 21 October 2017 at Solihull Riding Club.

I still have questions, who should I contact?
- Karen Beaumont at British Dressage: 02476 698909
- Andrea Betteridge at the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association: meadowfarmuk@aol com 07725 832192