Riders & Horses Arriving in Kentucky for US Dressage Finals

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© 2014 Jennifer M. Keeler
© 2014 Jennifer M. Keeler

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 5, 2014–Several hundred horses and riders from across the continental United States were arriving at the Kentucky Horse Park for the U.S. Dressage Finals, the second year of head-to-head competition between qualifiers from regional championships at national and international levels.

Of a total of 504 combinations from 38 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 318 were entered in national level classes. And 239 entries were for adult amateur classes that include the levels from Training to Grand Prix including musicial freestyles scheduled over three days to Sunday.

Championships are offered in 30 divisions to be contested in six arenas at the same show grounds that hosted the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the site of the first Finals last year.

These Finals are not United States championships–those titles from ponies through to Grand Prix are decided at the Festival of Champions.

However, invitations to the top finishers in both open and amateur classes in the highly popular regional championsips across the country have generated broad support and nclude riders from American teams to amateurs from small towns far distant from centers of dressage.