It was a bumper year in 2018 for British Dressage’s Nettex Associated Championships with more than915 combinations taking part across 10 individual championships and 2019 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
Its duo of venues hosting the new format Championships in Bury Farm and Vale View has already been announced. These venues will provide two amazing competitions but there is further news for competitors.
Following feedback, the following rules will be implemented for the 2019 series in the Nettex Championships:
- The level for the Draught and Arab Championships has been upped so there is now a Championship at Medium level.
- In the Veteran Horse Associated Championships, winning combinations are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event. Understanding the stress on ageing horses, the Sports Operations committee agreed that previous winners should be allowed to defend their title.
- In the British Native Pony, GB PRE, Lusitano, TGCA and RoR Championships, winning combinations at Medium level and above (where applicable) are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event so can return to defend their crown.
“The Nettex Associated Championships are designed to be an event for all.” Sports Operations Manager Lou Jones commented.
“We’ve listened to feedback from our competitors and hope that the recent changes will continue to make this Championship series one of the most inclusive on offer within the BD spectrum. With the continued support of Nettex, we’re sure that this year’s series will be the best yet.”
Serena Kidd, National Equine Business Manager for Nettex added:“The Nettex product range offers something for every equine no matter what breed, age and discipline and this truly British brand is delighted to be supporting the riders in the Associated Championships.
“With top dressage rider Carl Hester putting his trust in our brand, we are proud that Nettex delivers products and customer support for riders of any level.”
To celebrate this second year sponsoring the Associated Championships, Nettex is encouraging customers and competitors from last year to connect it on social media @nettexequine and share their Nettex stories throughout the year – #nettexequine.
Qualification for the Nettex Associated Championships got underway on December 1 2018 and concludes on August 31. To find out more about how you can get involved visit https://www.britishdressage.co.uk/competitions/associated_championships