Countdown to the Winter Dressage Championships

KBIS Preliminary Winter ChampionshipsWith two weeks to go until the NAF Five Star Winter Championships the final few prizes have just been ordered for the KBIS Winter Preliminary Championship. This is the second year KBIS has sponsored the class and after a thoroughly enjoyable time last year we are very much looking forward to this years Championships, which takes place from the 18th – 22nd April.


Twenty two riders will be competing to take the KBIS Preliminary title, which is the first class of the day on the Saturday. It is quite an achievement to ride at the Championships as riders had to firstly win two qualifying classes, with over 65%, and then compete in one of the six regional finals. All of which will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last years winner Sandra Greig who put in a faultless performance on Valstar to win the class with over 70%.


As well as supporting all of the preliminary riders we will also be watching two of KBIS’ sponsored riders, Jennie Lambert-Gibbs and KBIS Zavir and para rider Alex McNamara. Alex will be competing on the first day of the Championships in the Nirvana Spa Grade II, with two rides DHI Grand Derry, for whom it will be his first Championship experience and Rubinhall, who finished in fifth place last year.


Jennie and KBIS Zavir will be in the spotlight on the Thursday having qualified for the Petplan Equine Advanced Medium Area Festival Championship. Their last appearance at the winters saw them reserve champions in the Petplan Novice in 2010. Since then they have come quite a way up through the levels, and will be hoping to put in just a strong performance this time around.


If you are attending the Championships, either as a rider or spectator then make sure you come along and visit the KBIS display stand situated by the cafeteria above the grandstand seating. We will be running a free prize draw to win an equilibrium massage pad worth over £200!


Click here for further details on the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships