British Dressage Team Quest Season Launches in Four Weeks

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Jan. 31, 2014

The innovative British Dressage Team Quest to encourage riders at different levels to try the sport by creating teams of three or four combinations launches in four weeks with about 50 squads already signed up.

Teams of a minimum of three horses and riders and a maximum of four, the same format as Nations Cup events, compete in individual classes at intro, prelim and novice level and the best three scores count toward an overall percentage with the high score winning. Teams all have a name, a captain and can ride in their own colors.

Since the program was announced by British Dressage in November, more than 75 venues have listed 275 competitions for the Team Quest season from March 1 to Sept. 21.

About 50 teams have signed up so far across the three age categories of 16 and under, 25 and under and mixed.

The first weekend of competition features Team Quest at Wellington Riding in Hampshire, the College of West Anglia in Cambridgeshire, Todburn in Northumberland and Maelor Equestrian Centre in Flintshire.  Schedules for the first month of competition are on the BD website alongside the affiliated show listings.

“Team Quest has really caught the imagination of riders from all over the country,” BD Sport Operations Manager Paul Graham said. “We’ve enjoyed some fantastically creative names coming in plus reading all about the team members. We have one team with a combined age of 221 years and our youngest team notch up just 45 years between them.”

Teams have been formed from riding clubs, stables, family members and include a squad of all ex-racehorses and one where none of the riders know each other but met on Facebook,

A dedicated page on the BD website under the Competitions section contains complete details, registration information, rules and fixtures.