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The Pony Club Online Dressage Championships

  • Posted: 25 March 2013

Pony Club

The Pony Club Online Dressage Championships
Hosted by Dressage Anywhere

All young riders, whether they have their own pony or ride at a riding school, will have the opportunity to compete against others from all over the country without leaving their own yard or field; they may even get the chance compete internationally, as it is hoped that Pony Club branches and centres from overseas will also take part.

The qualifying classes for The Pony Club Online Dressage Championships will run from 1 April 2013 to 28 February 2014, with the highest placed riders in each class being eligible for the Online Championships running 15 March to 30 April. The qualifiers are open to any young rider, but in order to take part in the Online Championships competitors must be a member of a Pony Club branch or centre.

See The Pony Club membership page to find out more about how to become a member. 

Further details and rules

Filming Tests
Tests are filmed from behind the letter C, then uploaded either direct to Dressage Anywhere or to YouTube following the simple online instructions. Once judging is completed, riders will be able to download a completed score sheet from a high listed British Dressage Judge.

Qualifying Rounds
The Qualifying Rounds will be in the form of  monthly classes running between 1 April 2013 and 28 February 2014. Competitors in each class with the highest percentages will be invited to compete in the Championships to be run between 15 March 2014 and 30 April 2014.  Wild cards will go to the next highest percentages if some invited riders are unable to compete.

Classes - available in our monthly schedule
The Pony Club Walk and Trot (D Level)
 - Qualifier classes and Championship Show
Open to any young rider, Pony Club and Centre Member but excluding any combination of horse/pony and rider who have competed in any walk, trot and canter dressage class prior to entering. Non-Pony Club Members must join a Branch or Centre before competing in the Championship Show.   

The Pony Club Introductory Test 2007 - Qualifier classes and Championship Show
Open to individual Pony Club and Centre Members, but excluding any combination of horse/pony and rider that have represented their Branch at Open or Intermediate Area Qualifiers or Dressage Championships. (This does not include any other classes held in conjunction with Area Qualifiers.)
Riders must not have won any BD points. Centre Members are invited to compete in this competition. Horses may be graded British Dressage Preliminary or below.

The Pony Club Novice Dressage Test 2009 - Qualifier classes and Championship Show
Open to individual Pony Club and Centre Members, but excluding any combination of horse/pony and rider that have represented their Branch at Open or Intermediate Area Qualifiers or Dressage Championships. (This does not include any other classes held in conjunction with Area Qualifiers.)
Riders must not have won any BD points. Centre Members are invited to compete in this competition. Horses may be graded British Dressage Novice or below.

The Pony Club Intermediate Dressage Test 2009 - Qualifier Class
The Pony Club Intermediate Open Test 2008 - Championship Show
Open to all Members of The Pony Club, including Associates. Centre Members are invited to compete in this competition. Horses that have competed at Advanced Medium level or above during the current year are not eligible. This includes Hors Concours entries.

Copies of tests are available from The Pony Club website.

Prizes
Rosettes will be awarded to the highest placed riders in each monthly class. Riders may enter these qualifying classes as many times as they like to have fun trying to improve on their personal best as well as increasing their chance of qualifying.

Eligibility for Championships
At the end of the qualification period riders with the highest percentages will be invited to compete in the Championship Show. Wild cards will be passed down the line if any invited riders are unable to compete. Riders can only compete at one level at the Championships.

Saddlery and Dress
The Pony Club saddlery and dress rules apply at the Championships. Preliminary Rounds will be run under Dressage Anywhere rules. Where competition dress is worn, horses and ponies must wear bandages or boots so it is clear that the test is for Dressage Anywhere and not ridden at a live competition.

Commanders are allowed in Prelim rounds and in the Walk and Trot Championships. Commanders are not permitted in the Novice and Open Championships.

Entry Fees
Qualifying monthly classes entry fee £10.00
Championship Show entry fee £15.00
£1.00 of each entry fee will be donated to The Pony Club