Are you ready forTeam Quest?

This is the most exciting announcement for generations to hit the sport of Dressage in Great Britain.  British Dressage (BD) has today launched a new competition for riders of all ages and abilities called ‘Team Quest’.    We’re looking for riders at Intro, Prelim and Novice to take part in a fun and relaxed dressage competition – even if you’ve never competed before.  Teams of three or four riders will ride as individuals across the three test levels (any combination) and the best three scores count towards an overall team total, highest percentage wins the day.   There will be three age categories for teams; 16 and under, 25 and under and mixed (riders of any age).

Double Olympic Gold Medallist and European Champion Charlotte Dujardin is behind the new concept.  She said; “This is great news from British Dressage!  Riding dressage is my passion and I want to see as many riders as possible taking part and experiencing this great sport.  I love riding in a team; it makes everything that bit more fun – sharing problems, helping each other, having a joke and of course friends to share the good and bad times.  Standing on the podium with my team mates in London was my proudest moment and Team Quest means everyone has the chance to try and experience that.  What could be better than trying dressage with your friends and family at great venues all over the country?  Team Quest gives you the chance to improve you and your horse, meet new friends and try to qualify for a great Championship.  What are you waiting for – come and try dressage!”

BD has offered running the Team Quest competitions to all 180 or so of its venues and within a week of asking, over 50 have signed up so far with more expected.  A full fixture list will be published on the BD website in the New Year.

The Team Quest League will run from 01 March to 21 September for the three age groups and  teams will earn points at each competition if they place in the top 10.  The top 15 placed teams will then qualify for a Championship to be held at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire on 1 -2 November.

BD aims to keep the competition as easy and accessible as possible with simplified rules.  Important points include; relaxed dress rules – we want riders to be safe so proper head and foot wear are required but team colours are positively encouraged, just one team member must be a full BD member with a free team quest membership needed for anyone not already with BD, horses can be any height but must be over four years old, and they can be shared but only can only go in two tests per day.  Entry fees are just £15 per test at all venues for the first round of competition.