Florida Youth Dressage Championships Created for Global Dressage Festival

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WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 23–A first ever Florida Youth Dressage Championships for ponies, junior, young riders and Brentina Cup Under-25 divisions have been created by the Global Dressage Festival and Dressage4kids to be held at the WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* Mar. 14–17.

Cash awards will be divided among the top riders in each division and Hampton Green Farm will award the use of one stall at their facility in Wellington for the 2014 season to the overall highest placed rider in each division based on their combined scores of the two required tests. Local international trainers have also donated lessons to be awarded to the competitors.
Lendon Gray, president of Dressage4kids, Inc. known for its educational programs for youth as well as the annual Youth Dressage Festival, said: “ After 14 years of supporting and educating mostly the grass roots of youth dressage, D4K is pleased that it can now support a competitive experience for some of our youth reaching the high performance levels. However in keeping with D4K’s emphasis on education, there will be educational activities offered during the show.”

Open to all youth riders of any nationality who receive qualifying scores or by organizer wildcards, riders will compete in two tests of their level. Riders may ride two horses at the same level or two horses, one in each of two levels as long as the horse/rider team is qualified.

All qualifying scores will be the total of the judges’ panel and a copy must be submitted with entry.

For FEI Juniors and FEI Young Riders, an average of 64 per cent or better from either the team or the individual test with scores from at least two shows from March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013.

For FEI Pony Riders and Brentina Cup an average of 62 per cent or better at least two shows from March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013. The qualifying tests for the FEI Pony can be either the team or Individual. The qualifying test for the Brentina Cup division will be the USEF National Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ test or the FEI Young Rider Grand Prix 16-25.

The organizing committee retains one wild card for each division to invite a rider.

For the competition, riders in the FEI Juniors, FEI Young Riders, and the FEI Pony will ride both the FEI team and individual tests. For the Juniors, this will be class numbers 234 and 335. The Young Riders will ride class numbers 237 and 338. The FEI Pony division will ride classes 231 and 332. Riders in the Brentina Cup division will ride both the USEF National Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ test and the FEI Young Rider Grand Prix 16-25, class numbers 515 and 516.

All classes will be held in the national division except Brentina Cup, which must be shown in the CDI division under USEF rules. All classes will be judged by at least two to three judges. The two tests of each division will count equally, 50 per cent for each test, for final results and placing.