The BD Online Championships are over for another year!
Riders from across the UK qualified with three scores of 60% or above and took part in the Online Championship Show in November. Have a look at the full results on the scoreboard.
Huge congratulations to everyone who took part!
We absolutely love being able to offer you all a Championship run in collaboration with British Dressage, giving so many riders the opportunity to take part without leaving their yard. Championship rosettes are already winging their way to you and prizes will come direct from British Dressage.
Andrea Smith, BD LIst 1 judge, said of the Preliminary class, 'There were some really smart Prelims this month. Accurate test riding, keeping a good rhythm and tempo and showing a pleasing harmony between horse and rider.'
Judith Harris, BD List 1 judge, commented that the Introductory championship class combinations 'rode accurate tests, which was good to see and mostly the centre lines were very straight'. And she added some top tips too:
'Areas for improvement involve the scales required at this level: rhythm, suppleness and contact. Rhythm is the regularity of the steps and tempo is the speed of the rhythm. Try and be consistent with these two aspects of the paces. Suppleness over the back requires the horse to be more relaxed and not tensing the neck and coming above or below the bit, but maintaining the same frame throughout the test. Contact needs to be consistent, not restrictive or too loose, the horse accepting the bit quietly and without tension. Good luck and have fun achieving the above!'
Our Novice Championship Class judge, Helen Bradley, also a BD List 1 judge said, 'the standard of riding improves each year. In this test the canter/trot/canter transitions on the diagonal line caused a few balance issues which need more practise. As a group the tests were generally ridden accurately and fluently'.
BD List 1 judge, Debby Lush, judged our Elementary Championship Class. She said, 'this was a pleasing class to judge, with quiet and harmonious riding, and plenty of correct training on display. The main thing that could have raised marks further would be better riding of transitions - more preparation from the riders (especially downwards transitions) and more prompt responses from the horses in upward transitions.'
|3rd||Fiona Burns||Lo King of May||68.91%|
|4th||Rowan Moore||Bowland Eternity||68.04%|
|5th||Kelly Pope||Granstown Lady||68.04%|
|6th||Leah Dunwoody||Cwmesgair Lowri||67.61%|
|1st||Lily Hopkins||Time 2 Tango||73.48%|
|2nd||Emma Stevens||Just River||65.65%|
|2nd||Elly||Just Sponge Bob||61.52%|
|3rd||Orla||Roheryn Racey Lacey||61.30%|
|5th||Karen Steele||Lymebrooks Masters Boy||67.59%|
|6th||Angela Colleran||Belshaw Treefella||67.22%|
|1st||Diane Lowes||Miss Moon Boots||73.52%|
|2nd||Lily Hopkins||Time 2 Tango||70.93%|
|3rd||Sarah Chamley||Royal Alexis||66.11%|
|4th||Lyne Jacobs||Crannagh Optimist||65.93%|
|1st||Amelia||Pall Malls Most Wanted||73.33%|
|2nd||Eva Rose||Welham Sinatra||61.11%|
|2nd||Grace Moran||Dancing Leprechaun||68.08%|
|3rd||Asheligh||Belle Isle Tonto||67.50%|
|5th||Rebecca Holt||Jack Te Higgins||66.15%|
|6th||Faye Hancock||Edward Hart of Petwick||65.00%|
|1st||Christine Baxter||Orion's Quest||70.58%|
|2nd||Vicky Shaw||Debevans Dexter||70.00%|
|3rd||Charlotte Crouchman||Time To Go||61.92%|
|=1st||Christine Baxter||Orion's Quest||68.75%|
|3rd||Helen Grant||Across The Road||67.81%|
|4th||Claire Duffin||Prince Maurice||67.19%|
|1st||Tea K. Witchalls||Mr. Lou-Bi-Light||68.06%|
|2nd||Catherine Ellis||Maurice The Minor||65.48%|
|3rd||Helen Grant||Across The Road||64.84%|
|4th||Tina Berridge||Westoak R Molly||61.29%|
|1st||Tea K. Witchalls||Mr. Lou-Bi-Light||66.50%|
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