Due to popular demand we are delighted to announce that we've added three more tests for our RDA Dressage Challenge, opening the competition to Grade 6/ Unclassified Riders! The tests are: RDA Dressage Grade 6 Walk Only Championships Test 2020, RDA Dressage Grade 6 Walk & Trot Championships Test 2020 and RDA Dressage Grade 6 Canter Championships Test 2020.
If you have been Classified and have a grade and profile you should enter the test that corresponds to your grade. For example if you have been classified as a Grade 3 you would ride the RDA Dressage Grade 3 Championship Test 2020. If you have an Intellectual Disability then you should ride one of the Intellectual Disability Tests.
New Virtual Windsor Discipline: The Pony Club Home International Dressage!
The organizers are delighted to announce that The Pony Club's Home International Dressage competition will this year see a virtual edition launched as part of the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series. The competition will take pride of place on the Sunday of the online Show which, will be live-streamed from 25-27 September 2020.
Even more excitingly is the opportunity to ride for your country! Teams of four will represent England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with each team containing one Novice, one Intermediate and two Open riders. Any current Pony Club member who fulfills the minimum requirements may enter a video to the Qualifying Competition. All entries to the Qualifying Competition will be judged and placed, with rosettes to 10th.
The highest scores in the Qualifying Competition will go forward to the team places and ride their International test, with the competition streamed on the Sunday of Virtual Windsor!
We are delighted to announce that the inaugural Virtual Windsor RDA Dressage Challenge, supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, will take place during the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series 2020!
The class, for which competitors will film their dressage tests at home and submit them online, gives riders the opportunity to get back to competition while remaining socially distanced. Run in accordance with RDA rules, it will be free to enter and open to all Classified riders.
The Challenge will be judged as one championship section, and competitors will select the appropriate test for their grade from a choice of eight (Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Intellectual Disability Walk Only, Intellectual Disability Walk & Trot and Intellectual Disability Canter). The tests will then be judged, with the best scores across all tests taking the top places. Judging the competition will be RDA Dressage Lead and Judge, John Robinson, who is also a BD List 2A and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge.
The Virtual Windsor RDA Dressage Challenge will be broadcast as the highlight of the Virtual Windsor livestream on Friday 25 September, during which the finalists’ rounds will be played and the winners announced. The livestream, which will be available on Facebook, YouTube and the Virtual Windsor website, is free to watch and will remain online to enjoy after the event.
Entries will open on Friday 14th August on the Virtual Windsor website, and test sheets will be available to download next week!
What about riders that the RDA (still) won't Grade? At Champs we have the 1 - 6 walk/walk, trot/walk, trot, canter. Can we not join in?
Thank you Royal Windsor and John Robinson for getting this off the ground . I look forward to more information closer to the time when entries open. Whilst disappointing that no seperate classes for grade 6 and Visually Impaired, I am thrilled that the ID classes are included , as very few opportunities to compete alongside para . Hope that this can be a success that will be built on year on year with VI & Grade 6 further included with their own tests. We are looking forward to taking part and supporting you , if we are eligible here at Ynys Môn RDA. Thank you for taking this step forward
Very disapointed no class for Grade 6 or VI , quite discriminatory and not fulfilling the RDA ethos of inclusivity!!!
Claire Pope, Claire Robinson - have you seen this? - hope we can get some entries from Yorkshire and Cleveland?
Royal Windsor Horse Show do you know when the rules for entries will be up plz. xx
Go for it!
Leona Carson Geoff Bartholomewgwen Sarah Garrett x
Jess Dunne how would I know what grade Freya is? X
Kirstie McPherson I don't know if you've been officially graded or not.
Ros Arthur a new challenge for me!! 😃
Julie Jones is this something I could look into ? x
Penni Wells Rda
Where do we find out which dressage tests are to be ridden? Can’t wait!
Colderick Eventing's Harriet has ridden our Equitation Jumping test! Here she demonstrates our virtual jumping discipline, and how to get the best out of your video! Entries for this competition will open in August, and will be split into U16s and Open sections - both free to enter and open worldwide!
HARRIET'S TOP TIPS!
- Prepare! Remember the movements come up very quickly
- Try and get your halt as square as possible, especially as it's worth 10 marks (10% of your overall score!)
- Show off your trot down the long side, as it's where your cameraman will be able to get the cleanest shot of you riding on the flat
- Focus on clean transitions and use your corners to make the most of your filming time
- Look ahead as you ride down the line of jumps; straightness is worth 10 of your jumping marks
- Remember your landing is a movement and worth ten marks, so ride away neatly!
The organisers of Royal Windsor Horse Show are delighted to announce that the online show will be returning as a new series with two editions taking place in the Autumn and Winter of 2020 https://bit.ly/3eyWszH