New championship series for veteran horses and riders

Veteran Horse Society founder Julianne Aston and Minty, aged 40.
Veteran Horse Society founder Julianne Aston and Minty, aged 40.

A new dressage competition series for horses over 15 is being launched in Britain, alongside a veteran championships for riders aged 55 and over.

British Dressage, in conjunction with the Veteran Horse Society, is running the Veteran Horse Championship at intro, prelim and novice levels, for horses foaled in 1999 or earlier (15 and over). To be eligible, they, and their riders, must be members of the Veteran Horse Society. At the Championship there will be two sections; one for horses aged 15- 19 and one for the ‘golden oldies’ aged 20 and over.

Riders can qualify all over Britain for a Championship Final at the Vale View High Profile Show in Leicestershire, October 30 to November 2, 2015.

To qualify for the Veteran Rider Championship, competitors must be aged 55 or over, riding horses four years and over and both must be minimum BD Associate registered.

Qualifying for either, or both, Championships is straightforward and opens this weekend and ends on September 30.

“Dressage is quite unique whereby both horses and riders can continue to enjoy their chosen sport into their twilight years,” said British Dressage Sports Operations Manager Paul Graham.

“BD is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Veteran Horse Society to create a series that recognises that horses and riders can have a competitive career later in life.  The members have been asking for this and it’s great that we’ll see a new Championship in 2015.”

Current Veteran Horse members wishing to qualify at Novice level can claim a free class ticket from BD to help kick-start their qualification by emailing

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  • November 2, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Yeah !! Wrinklies rule !! <3


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