USA 2016 Dressage Championships to be Split Again, Grand Prix & Intermediaire Set for California

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Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades at the 2014 U.S. Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades at the 2014 U.S. Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 10, 2015–The 2016 United States Championships will be split into two sections at different locations for the second year with the Grand Prix and Intermediaire to be staged in California in November.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the schedule for the championships presented by The Dutta Corp:

–Pony, Junior, Young Rider, and Under-25 Brentina Cup will be held in conjunction with the Young and Developing Horse Championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, Aug. 24-28, and

–Grand Prix and Intermediaire I Championships will be at Epona Farms in Thousand Oaks, California Nov. 3-6.

The 2015 championships were split between Wayne, Illinois in summer and the Grand Prix and Intermediaire at Wellington, Florida in December. Scheduling of the championships in Illinois came under criticism with young horse competitions staged at exactly the same time as the rider championships. The lateness in the year of the Big and Small Tour championships has also come under fire because of lack of preparatory events and too close to the winter circuits.