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RoR Series - all you need to know

last updated on August 04, 2017 17:14

RoR Series - all you need to know

In 2011, British Dressage and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) joined forces to launch the RoR Racehorse to Dressage Horse series, inviting ex-racehorses across the country to discover a new vocation in dressage. Six years later, it’s become hugely popular, and with the recent introduction of the Scotland series, as well as Medium level classes, it’s become bigger and better than ever.

The series continues to attract a wealth of riders with former racehorses now successfully shaping a career within the dressage arena. The versatility of the thoroughbred racehorse is well known and has been very much in evidence with more than 150 combinations qualifying for the Championships in recent years. We’ve seen some familiar names too, including Grand National and Gold Cup winners, enjoying and doing well in their second career of dressage.

This year there’ll be 20 Introductory, Preliminary and Novice qualifiers across the country (see the list below) where the two highest non-qualified combinations with 62% or above will qualify for the finals. The qualifying sections may use any BD tests at the required level but carry no BD grading points and will not count towards BD Regional qualification. Elementary and Medium qualification is achieved by obtaining two score sheets of 62% or above gained between 1 January and 14 August 2017 in Bronze or Silver sections.

Who can compete?
Horses must have raced in Great Britain and be registered with RoR. For Intro and Prelim, horses must have a minimum of a BD associate horse registration (free). For Novice and above, horses must compete on a BD class ticket or be fully registered with BD. Each horse will be provided with two complimentary tickets - one is required per class. To apply for yours email Riders must be a paid (Club or above) BD member eligible for the level. For the final, all riders must be full BD members. Combinations must be eligible for Bronze or Silver sections at the level they wish to qualify in accordance with BD rules.

Once qualified at Intro, Prelim and Novice, competitors may continue to compete at the same level, however in the event of that competitor winning or being placed, qualification will go to the next eligible competitor provided that they’ve achieved the relevant qualification percentage. A RoR branded prize will be posted to the winner after the results have been verified by British Dressage.

Qualifier dates and venues
– Intro, Prelim and Novice
25 March - Blue Barn, Kent
2 April – Cholderton, Wilts
30 April – Manor Grange, West Yorks
7 May – Swallowfield, Warks
20 May – Quainton Stud, Bucks
29 May – Allens Hill, Worcs
4 June – Pachesham, Surrey
6 June – Beacons, Wales
17 June – Coleg Cambria, Wales
25 June - Centaur Trust, Suffolk
9 July – Snainton, North Yorks
8 July – Keysoe, Beds
9 July – East Soley, Berks
9 July – Hunters, Glos
12 July – Crow Wood, Lancs
15 July – Tall Trees, Cornwall
30 July – Holmside Hall, Durham
13 August – Vale View, Leics
13 August – College of West Anglia, Cambs

: 22 – 24 August at Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool. Entries close 14 August 2017. Total prize fund of £3000.


For horses and riders who reside in Scotland.

How do I qualify?
The qualification requirements for Intro, Prelim and Novice are the same as for the England/Wales series except the minimum percentage required to qualify for the finals is 60%. And at Elementary and Medium, the qualifying percentage is 60%.

Who can compete?
Eligibility requirements are the same as for the England and Wales series however both horse and rider must live in Scotland.

Qualifier dates and venues – Intro, Prelim and Novice
1 April – Rockrose, East Lothian
8 April – Muirmill, Ayrshire
11 June – Rockrose, East Lothian
2 July – Ian Stark EC, Scottish Borders
9 July – Muirmill, Ayrshire
22 July – Morris Equestrian, East Ayrshire
20 August – Gordon Dressage at The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

: 1 – 3 September at Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre, East Lothian. Total prize fund of £2000.

For information about the RoR Racehorse to Dressage Horse Scotland Series, please contact RoR Scotland Dressage Coordinator, Carol Magee: putting RoR Dressage Series in the subject bar.

I still have questions who should I contact?
- Karen Beaumont at British Dressage: putting RoR Dressage Series in the subject bar.