Young equine stars shine at Keysoe

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:23

The next three days will be a showcase of the best young dressage horse talent on offer in the United Kingdom with four specialist competitions hosted at Keysoe Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire, 2 – 4 October.

Friday features an elite group of five, six and seven year olds who are bidding for selection for the revised FEI Dressage World Breeding Championships in December in Verden, Germany. After meeting set criteria, 15 combinations have been invited to ride the FEI Final test for their age category in front of judges Ferdi Eilberg and Richard Baldwin with the added scrutiny of the Senior Selectors for the chance to represent Britain in December.

The weekend focus is on the Shearwater Young Horse Championships, the British Dressage Young Pony Championships and the inaugural British Dressage Seven Year Old Championships.

A long-standing favourite in the dressage calendar, the Shearwater Championships are the main goal for many riders, breeders and dressage producers. With COVID-19 impacting on competitions heavily, it was always a firm intention to get the qualifiers back in the calendar once shows returned with the three championships the end goal. We now have three strong classes for four, five and six year olds in place with bumper entries.

Similarly, the seven year old championships were announced earlier in the year as part of a number of new innovations at the LeMieux National Championships and while the main event couldn’t take place, we secured a revised for this new championships.

  Class number Class Time Prize giving
Friday 1 5yo WBFSH selection trial 12.00 - 13.10 13.20
  2 6yo WBFSH selection trial 13.50 - 14.40 14.50
  3 7yo WBFSH selection trial 15.20 - 16.00 16.10
Saturday 4 BD 4yo Young Pony Championship 08.00 - 08.21  
  5 Shearwater 4yo Young Horse Championship 08.27 - 15.19 16.00
  6 BD 6yo Young Pony Championship 15.30 - 15.48  
  7 Shearwater 6yo Young Horse Championship 16.15 - 19.42 20.00
Sunday 8 BD 5yo Young Pony Championship 08.00 - 08.56  
  9 Shearwater 5yo Young Horse Championship 09.12 - 15.12 16.15
  10 BD 7yo Young Horse Championship 15.30 - 20.09 20.27

The three days are being run under BD competition protocols so are behind closed doors but we’re delighted to say that all competition will be livestreamed on H&C + with a subscription. Friday’s classes will feature comments from the judges too!

If you’re not already a H&C + subscriber, it’s just £5.99 per month and you can cancel at any time. H&C + will also be streaming from Keysoe next week when we go international for the CPEDI1*/2*/3* and then the CDI3* with big tour, small tour, young rider, junior and pony competitions. So it’s well worth the October subscription – and there’s more to come too!

Competitors will be able to order their dressage tests via the H&C ‘Get my clip’ service for just £20 – find out more.  We’ll be posting updates on social media and class reports on the website throughout the weekend so join us online.



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