GBPRE is thrilled to announce that the UK is the first country in the World to be able to offer competitors with Purebred Spanish horses the opportunity to qualify in the UK for the annual World Dressage Championships held at SICAB in Seville in November.
GBPRE will maintain the league table which will hold the results for each combination. The qualification period commences 1st January and ends on 1st October 2016. The horses with the highest scores on the British league table in the following levels have the opportunity to qualify: 5, 6 and 7 year olds, PSG and Grand Prix. The approved Calendar is now available.
The winner of each class at these UK qualifiers will receive the special ANCCE gold medal which has been kindly provided by ANCCE, the governing body, in Spain. Final qualification criteria is being finalized by ANCCE and will be announced shortly.
Karen Bourdon, Director of Dressage says “this is a fantastic achievement to be able to qualify in the UK for these prestigious World Championships. We have been working very hard with ANCCE to organize this and we are over the moon that we have so many qualifying venues”.
The only British Dressage rider to have competed in the World Championships was Alice Hurley in 2014, achieving a bronze medal in the 7 year old test, but she had to qualify 3 times in Spain to be able to compete at these World Championships. This inspired us to organize the qualifiers in the UK making it an easier pathway for everyone.
President of GBPRE, Naomi Vance-Webb says “This has opened up a whole new avenue for our dressage riders and will promote the breeding programme in the UK for these very special horses”.
Main sponsors, Eastelms Horse Transport, will be offering a superb rate to travel the horses to the finals making it easy for our riders to make the trip hassle free.