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United States Dressage Federation

The Great American/USDF Regional Dressage Championships program is designed to promote and recognize the pursuit of excellence by providing a showcase competition that meets established quality standards for riders within each of the nine USDF regions. Riders can qualify for the Regional Championships by riding in designated qualifying classes at USDF recognized competitions. The Regional Championship competitions provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to view the top horses and riders in their region.

Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championship Rule Update!
Effective 4/1/2015: Having won a USEF/USDF Regional Championships three times (in any region over their lifetime), a horse/rider combination may no longer compete in USEF/USDF Regional Championship competition at that or a lower level (Grand Prix excepted), if they received the minimum qualifying score or higher for that division and level in the championship test per USEF DR127.5.

How to Qualify:

To qualify for a Regional Championship, horse/rider combinations must earn a total of two qualifying scores at two different USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized Dressage Competitions, from two different judges. For more information, please become familiar with all of the program rules.

USDF will presume qualified horse/rider combinations will compete in the region in which the rider resides as determined by the address associated with the rider’s membership information on file as of July 1. Riders are NOT required to be a resident of the region to compete in that region’s championship. Riders, who wish to compete at Regional Championships in a region other than their region of residence, must submit a Change of Region Form, at no cost if done prior to July 1


The US Dressage Finals

Horse/rider combinations who qualify through the nine GAIG/USDF Regional Championships, will have the opportunity to compete on the national stage at the 2016 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan. It will be a head-to-head competition in Dressage showcasing Adult Amateur and Open riders at Training through GP levels,. The event will include an Open Division at Training through Grand Prix levels and all Freestyles, as well as an Adult Amateur Division with Training through Grand Prix.

Champions and Reserve Champions who have achieved a minimum score, and filed a "Declaration of Intent" will be eligible to compete. "Wild Card" invitations are also available to high-scoring competitors in the Regional Championships who are not otherwise eligible.

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USDF is pleased to have the continued support of Great American Insurance Group as the title sponsor of the regional dressage championship program.

Great American is one of the world’s leading providers of equine mortality insurance and related coverages in addition to offering a full line of property and casualty products for the equestrian community through its equine farm center. Serving customers since 1872, Great American Insurance Company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. To learn more about Great American, click here.

Thank you to SmartPak, presenting sponsor of the regional championships. The patented SmartPaK supplement feeding system gives horse owners peace of mind with its pre-measured dosages for each horse. To learn more about SmartPak or to shop their products, click here.

USDF would also like to thank Merial, supporting sponsor of the regional championships. Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. To learn more about Merial, click here.