British Dressage Regional Championships 2016 map of venues

The Regional Championship venues have been fairly stable the last few years but in 2016 there are a few changes. The most significant change is…

  • Eight Regional Championshipsone new Regional for both the Winters and the Summers.
    • This raises the question will more competitors qualify for The Regionals or will the same number of competitors qualify and the Regionals will not have such large classes or even multiple sections???
      • With the new rules I would not even like to guess!!!
    • If I was running the business of BD I would obviously be aiming for more competitors to qualify for the Regionals because this will increase BD’s and the venue’s revenues
    • If more competitors qualify for the 8 Regionals then it will have to be more difficult to qualify for the Nationals / Winter Championships because these competitions are still 4 and 5 days long respectively and so have time for the same number of competitors as in previous years.
      • The number of competitors qualifying automatically will have to be reduced to ensure that the Nationals / Winter Championships do not over run.

Changes in the venues holding Regionals Championships:

  • Patchetts no longer holds a Winter Regional Championship
  • Addington was the only venue to hold both a Winter and a Summer Regional Championship
    • In 2016 Addington will only hold a Winter Regional Championship … there is no Summer Regional Championship at Addington
    • Sparsholt now holds a Winter Regional Championship.
      • For the last few years it has run a Summer Regional Championship
    • Kingston Maurward now holds a Summer Regional Championship.
      • For the last few years it has run a Winter Regional Championship
    • New Summer Regional Championship Venues:
      • Bury Farm and Hickstead
    • New Winter Regional Championship Venues:
      • Summerhouse and Houghton Hall

    Key:

    Map Icons Red BalloonWinter Regional ChampionshipsMap Icons Purple FlagSummer Regional ChampionshipsMap Icons Green HorseNational / Winter Championships

    Notes:

    • The map can be zoomed in or out using your mouse wheel or click the + or – to the bottom left of the map.
    • Click on balloon / star to see the name of the venue and date of the competition

    List of British Dressage Regional Championship venues and dates in 2016

    Table includes links to the venue’s website.

    RegionalsVenueCountyDates
    WinterBishop Burton CollegeYorkshire6–9 February
    Addington Manor Equestrian CentreBuckinghamshires11–14 February
    Sparsholt CollegeHampshire15–17 February
    Myerscough CollegeLancashire15–21 February
    Merrist Wood CollegeSurrey19–24 February
    Summerhouse Equestrian CentreGloucestershire24-26 February
    Morris Equestrian CentreAyrshire26-28 February
    Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca CentreCambridgeshire1-4 March
    SummerSomerford Park FarmCheshire16–18 July
    Hickstead
    note date change
    Surrey28–31 Jul
    Kingston Maurward CollegeDorset18-20 July
    Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition CentreEast Yorkshire21-24 July
    Mount Ballan (The David Broome Event Centre)Monmouthshire22-24 July
    The Cabin Equestrian CentreAberdeenshire5–7 August
    Bury Farm Equestrian VillageBuckinghamshire8–11 August
    Keysoe CollegeBedfordshire12–14 August
    Winter ChampionshipHartpury CollegeGloucestershire6–10 April
    National ChampionshipsStoneleigh ParkWarwickshire15–18 September
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