British Dressage will be hosting an inaugural Developing Prix St Georges horse class, called the Dressage Future Elite Championship, at this year's national Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s NEC on 9 October 2013.
Seven horses aged between seven and 10 years old, currently working at an Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges level, will be invited to compete at the show, where they will perform the Intermediate I Freestyle to Music test.
Backed by the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Programme, the competition will offer some of the country’s leading riders a fantastic opportunity to compete their up-and-coming Grand Prix horses in an international setting, before three world-renowned judges.
The exciting British-bred Woodlander Farouche is the first horse confirmed in the line-up. The Hanoverian mare won the 5 and 6-year-old title at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Germany in 2011 and 2013, scoring record marks.
With its introduction coinciding with Horse of the Year Show’s 65th year, the competition marks a positive step forward in the show’s continual development and is set to expand into a qualified-for final in future years. This year, it will also be complimented by the popular Dressage Master Class, scheduled to take place on Friday 11 October 2013.
Amanda Bond, Chief Executive of British Dressage, commented: “We’re really excited about the addition of this fantastic class to Horse of the Year Show. Dressage really hit the headlines last summer and to continue that legacy is just what we’re looking for. To give our rising stars the chance to compete on such a stage will give them great experience, as well as showcase dressage to a wider public as part of the anniversary event. We want everyone to come to Birmingham and experience the ‘dancing horses’!”
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