KBIS are pleased to support both the Para Dressage Championships and the Winter Preliminary series as part of our continued support of British Dressage.
KBIS Para 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, including 2015, which marked our 12th year as title sponsors. 2016 marks the first year of a change in format with the introduction of Semi Finals, which will be held in June at Wellington Riding. Comeptititors attend twenty qualifiers held across the country from January to May, with around 40-45 going forward to the KBIS Semi Finals. From this up to 20 riders will go forward to the KBIS Para Dressage Championships in September held at Stoneleigh as part of the Le Mieux 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 test. British Dressage provides a great support network for para riders with both regional and national training opportunities, bursary schemes as well as working closely with the RDA and the Para Dressage Training Trust.
Through the sponsorship we have been lucky enough to meet many of the talented riders who have gone from competing in their very first National Championships to representing Great Britain on the world stage and winning Olympic medals!
Watching the tests it is evident just how much training and commitment has to go in, the harmony between horse and rider is truly remarkable and there always seems to be new talented riders emerging each year.
You can find out more about the KBIS Para Dressage Championships on the British Dressage website: British Dressage - Para Dressage
KBIS Winter Preliminary Championships
We are now entering our seventh 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 the 18 June until 30 November with eight Winter Regional competitions being held throughout February. In order to qualify for a Regional Competition you need to gain 20 points which relate to the percentage you get in each test. Those who qualify at the Regionals will then go forward to compete at the Winter Championships held in April at Hartpury College.
We are delighted to have been able to get involved with this series, the Championships are a great experience for competitors and 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 find our more about the KBIS Preliminary Winter Championships, including the guidelines on 'How to Qualify' on the British Dressage website: British Dressage - Winter Regional Championships