British Dressage Reports Big Jump in Membership Since Historic 2012 London Olympics
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Feb. 2, 2018
British Dressage reported Friday that membership since the historic Olympic gold medal performances at the 2012 London Games has grown 30 per cent.
In a report on its 20th anniversary, British Dressage gave membership at 17,500, up from 13,500 in 2012 when the team of Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Laura Tomlinson on Mistral Hojris and Carl Hester on Uthopia claimed gold with Charlotte taking individual gold and Laura individual silver.
A record number of well over 250,000 starting combinations were counted in 2017.
The organization said that in addition to focusing on sending teams to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September, 2018 will see new championships, Under-21 international teams and youth strategy developed as well as building better foundations for grassroots riders.
“Who’d have thought 20 years ago that British Dressage would be at the top of the sport on the world stage?” said Honorary Patron Carl Hester. “With participation and membership at an all-time high alongside the outstanding performances of our international teams and individuals over the last decade, we can look forward to the next 20 years with great anticipation.”