Intro Para-Equestrian Competitions

As part of the 2013-2017 British Equestrian Federation Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have introduced a new competition series of Para Equestrian Dressage Competitions.

This competition series helps ‘bridge the gap’ between competing at Riding for the Disabled dressage competitions and affiliated British Dressage competitions. The aim is to break down some of the perceived barriers that stop riders starting in what is now one of the best competition pathways in the World. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps in to the British Dressage competition structure.

Riders do not have to be members of British Dressage to compete at these shows, but are encouraged to become British Dressage Associate member, which is free to join, as this means any results and scores achieved at these competitions will be listed on the British Dressage database.

Competition structure and eligibility to compete:

  • Riders must be profiled with a physical classification that puts them in the RDA Grade I – IV and must compete in the Grade Class that they are Classified (Grade I – IV). Profile 39 of the Classification Guide (applicable to Grade III) remains inactive at present so athletes in Profile 39 without a physical classification are not eligible to compete in Para-Equestrian Dressage competition run under British Dressage & FEI rules. This policy will reviewed in line with any future decisions made by the FEI. More details on classification can be obtained from the Para Dressage Officer at British Dressage: rachel.smith@britishdressage.co.uk
  • British Dressage Para-Equestrian Rules will apply at all competitions. Please refer to the rule book on the British Dressage website: www.britishdressage.co.uk
  • The class will be run as one with all grades competing against each other. The top 10 placing will be determined by highest overall % scores irrespective of Grade.
  • Competition dates and venues will be listed in the BD Magazine schedule as Intro Para Equestrian. Details about each show can be found on the schedules page on the British Dressage website, by clicking this link: http://schedules.britishdressage.co.uk/default.aspx
  • BD Para Group E* riders or those new to the sport are only eligible for these competitions (please refer to the British Dressage rule book)
  • Riders will be able to ride the same test twice in a day by entering two classes. Tests to be used: Grade 1a Test 3, Grade 1b Test 10, Grade 2 Test 21, Grade 3 Test 31 and the BD Grade IV Test for Intro Shows (2016). There may be an opportunity to get feedback from the judge between the first and second class. If this is the case each class will be limited to 15 competitors.
  • There will also be a 'Pick your own' class where any grade rider can ride any test
  • From 1st August 2015 Intro Shows will now include an Open RDA class - This class is a non-qualifier class  open to riders who are eligible to compete in the RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2013) walk, trot and canter. It is a requirement that riders must be members of an RDA centre and this should be clearly stated on the entry form. The test used will be the RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2013) walk, trot and canter and this competition will be run under RDA rules. This class is not a qualifier for the British Dressage Intro Show Championships.


Intro Show Championship held at the Festival of Para Dressage in 2017

Solihull Riding Club on 26th -27th August 2017


To qualify for this Championship riders are to be profiled with a physical classification that puts them in the RDA Grade I – IV and must compete in the Grade Class that they are Classified (Grade I – IV). Profile 39 of the Classification Guide (applicable to Grade III) remains inactive at present so athletes in Profile 39 without a physical classification are not eligible to compete in Para-Equestrian Dressage competition run under British Dressage & FEI rules.  To qualify eligible riders must obtain an average of 66% over a minimum of two scores from Para Intro Show Bronze Qualifiers between 1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017. To be eligible to compete in the Intro Show Championship riders must be BD e-CLUB members and horses must have a minimum of an associate horse registration. Commanders are permitted in Para Intro qualifiers and the championships. The British Dressage office will notify riders of their qualification for this Championship. Please refer to the British Dressage Rule book.

DRESSAGE TESTS:

All shows will be using the following test (please click on the test to download):

FEI Para Equestrian  Grade 1a Test 3 (2006)

FEI Para Equestrian  Grade 1b Test 10 (2006)

FEI Para Equestrian  Grade 2 Test 21 (2006)

FEI Para Equestrian  Grade 3 Test 31 (2006)

British Dressage Grade IV Test (2016)

Open RDA class – RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2013) walk, trot and canter


ENTRIES:

All entries should be made directly to the RDA centre and dates can be found here: http://schedules.britishdressage.co.uk/default.aspx

CONTACT:

For all queries about the Intro Para shows:
Rachel Smith – British Dressage
E: rachel.smith@britishdressage.co.uk
T: 02476 698837

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