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KBIS supports both the Para Equestrian Dressage Championships and the British Dressage Winter Preliminary series as part of their continued support of British Dressage.
Para Equestrian Dressage Championships
KBIS started their support of the Para Equestrian Championships in 2005 and have been up to the Championships to support the riders every year since. There are four regional competitions from which the four riders with the highest percentages will qualify for the Championships. All qualifying percentages must however be at a minimum score of 60%. The KBIS Para Dressage Championships are held at Stoneleigh as part of the Espayo National Dressage Championships.
Para Dressage is a multi-disability sport, open to riders with a physical disability or visual impairment. There are five different grades, from I a to IV, which riders are grouped into. The grade determines the complexity of the movements that need to be performed within the tests. Watching the harmony between horse and rider is truly remarkable and makes for a showstopper of a competition.
Pictured right is 2012 Grade II Champion Erin Orford being congratulated by Liz Prest of KBIS
Find out more about Para Dressage here.
KBIS are pleased to be in their third year supporting the Winter Preliminary Championships, a series we took on after previously supporting the annual National Dressage convention. Qualifiers for the series run from 18 June until 30 November with six Winter Regional competitions being held throughout February. In order to qualify for a Regional Competition you need to win two qualifiers with a score of 65% or over. Those who qualify at the Regionals will then go forward to compete at the Winter Championships held in April at Hartpury College.
KBIS are delighted to have been able to get involved with this series, the Championships are a great experience for competitors, with plenty of qualifying opportunities across the country it is a series that any rider can participate in and benefit from.
You can enter a Preliminary qualifier without having to fully register your horse with British Dressage, this means you can 'have a go' at the level without the financial implications of registration fees. All you have to do is complete a form for a free associate horse registration when you register yourself. If you then gain your qualifying results you will need to make sure that your horse is fully registered before the Regional Championship.
You can view the guidelines of How to Qualify for the Preliminary Winter Championships here.
Pictured above is the 2012 KBIS Winter Preliminary Champion Darren Kaye and This Time Next Year.