The BCPS Dressage Championship was a new initiative for 2021 which proved very successful and drew competitors from around the country. The objective of the competition is to offer Connemara dressage riders a prestigious national Championship that emphasises the great qualities of the Connemara Pony.
See below for more information on how to qualify and rules for the Finals – a full set of rules for the Dressage Championship is also available to download from this page.
How to qualify
BCPS Dressage Championship qualifiers are open to anyone with a registered pure-bred or part-bred Connemara Pony. However, different rules apply for taking part in the Finals if you do qualify – see the “Finals rules” section below.
You can qualify at any unaffiliated dressage competition. We accept qualifications at Intro, Prelim and Novice levels. In order to compete at Intro, the combination of pony and rider must not have competed at British Dressage affiliated level.
In the Final, the Prelim and Novice sections will be split into Open (for those who have competed at British Dressage affiliated level) and Restricted (for those who have not competed at British Dressage affiliated level).
There are two ways to qualify for the BCPS Dressage Championship Finals:
- Achieve a first or second place in your test arena; or
- Achieve a score of 65% or above at an unaffiliated dressage competition
Qualifiers taking place up to and including 15 June 2022 are eligible for the 2022 Finals. After that date, qualifications will go to the 2023 Finals.
Please send evidence of your qualifying place or score to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to enter the Finals.
In order to compete at the Finals, your pony must be registered with or (for overseas/Irish ponies) overstamped by the BCPS. You must also ensure that the correct owner is recorded in the pony’s passport.
You must also be an Adult, Junior, Joint or Family member of the BCPS in order to compete at the Finals. You can find out more about becoming a member on our Memberships and Fees page, or buy membership now in our Shop.
The 2022 BCPS Dressage Championships will take place on Friday, 15 July at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire College alongside the In-Hand day of the BCPS Breed Show.