Heavy horses welcomed into dressage with new championship

British Dressage has introduced a Draught Horse Championship series.
British Dressage has introduced a Draught Horse Championship series.

A new competition series for Draught Horses has been introduced into the British Dressage calendar this year, culminating in a championship competition in November.

These gentle giants of the horse world have been man’s loyal working partner for hundreds of years and were indispensable to generations of pre-industrial farmers. And now, heavy horses are becoming familiar sights at BD shows.

Draught horses and draught crossbreds are versatile breeds used today for a multitude of purposes, including farming, draught horse showing, logging, recreation, and other uses. They are commonly used for crossbreeding, especially to light riding breeds such as the Thoroughbred, for the purpose of creating sport horses. These horses, with their high work ethic and amenable dispositions, are capable performers under saddle.

Riders of these majestic breeds will now have the opportunity to qualify for the Draught Horse Championships on November 5 at Keysoe in Bedfordshire.

The series is open to all of the draught breeds, as well as Halfinger and Fjord horses, and Bashkir and Irish Draught Horses.

Other breeds include Ardennais, Ariegeois, Belgium Draft, Boulannais, Breton, Clydesdale, Italian Heavy Draft, Jutland, Noriker, Norman Cob, North Swedish, Percheron, Schleswig Draft Horse, Shire, South German Heavy Horse, Suffolk Punch, and Vladimir Heavy Draft.

The series is being run from intro to elementary level, and to qualify for the championship, the horse or pony must be registered with one of the draught breed societies, on either the full or part bred list.

Lusitano-Zimbral_2013• British Dressage is running its Lusitano Dressage Championships for the second year. The championship final will on November 6 at Keysoe.

Originating from the Iberian penninsula, and closely related to the PRE horse of Spain, the Lusitano is a Portuguese breed.

The series runs from prelim to Prix St Georges and is open to pure or part breds registered with the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain.

Draught Horse Series: Karen Beaumont, British Dressage: email or 02476 698909.

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