The USDFBC Series is a program designed to promote breeders and quality sport horses. The purpose is to evaluate potential, suitability, and qualities as a dressage sport horse or as dressage sport horse breeding stock. Each series will consist of at least three qualifying events in designated geographical areas of the United States, which will lead to a final event in each series. Exhibitors compete at qualifying events for the Champion and Reserve Champion Current Year Foal, Filly, Colt/Gelding, Mare, and Stallion. The Champion and Reserve horses will be invited to compete in the final event of that series, which is where the USDF Breeders Championship Series Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Current Year Foal, Filly, Colt/Gelding, Mare, and Stallion will be determined. Horses must be shown individually on the triangle at the walk and trot and standing for conformation. See the full description in the current USDF Member Guide or on our competitions and championship programs section.
No, competitors do not have to compete in the Series where they live. However, they must qualify in the Series in which they wish to compete in the USDFBC Series Final. For example, anyone from any state can compete in the East Coast Series to be able to qualify for the East Coast Series Final.
If the Series in which a competitor qualifies does not host a USDFBC Series Final, the competitor can choose a Series that is hosting a Final Event and compete in the chosen Final without having to re-qualify in the new Series.
Fillies and colts three years of age and under may only show as Sport Horse Prospects. Mares and stallions age four and over may only show in Breeding Stock classes. Geldings of any age may NOT show in Breeding Stock classes/categories. Geldings age three and under may only show in Sport Horse classes/categories.
Any horse or pony may compete. There is no requirement to be "registered" except for the Individual Breed Classes (IBC's) which are often held in conjunction with the USDFBC Series classes but are not part of the USDFBC Series.
A horse or pony of any height may compete. Mules are not eligible to compete.
A mare's breeding status on January 1 will remain the same until December 31 of the same calendar year. (USEF DR 203.16) No geldings may compete in the USDF Breeders Championship classes for stallions even if they are gelded after qualifying for the finals and are breeding via frozen semen.
Owner: USDF Non-member Identification Number*
Horse: USDF Horse Identification Number* (HID)
*Minimum Membership Requirements
Owner: USDF Participating or Business Member
Horse: USDF Lifetime Registration (LHR)
Note: If a horse qualifies at the same competition that hosts the Final, the owner may upgrade his/her USDF membership to Participating or Business, and upgrade the horse from "HID" to a Lifetime Registration prior to the Finals class.
Horses must be shown individually on the triangle at the walk and trot and stand for conformation. Each horse must be evaluated in the same manner. Braiding is optional but bridles are mandatory on all horses age two or older. This includes non-competing mares accompanying a foal. No horse of any age may be shown loose. (USEF DR 209.4)
To be eligible for DSHB HOY, the horse needs a minimum of three scores from at least three different judges, from at least three different USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions, with a median score of 65% or higher. The horse must have a USDF Lifetime Horse Registration when scores are earned, the owner must have a USDF Participating or Business membership when scores are earned, and there is no required membership for the handler. Scores must be from open in-hand or USDF Breeders Championship Series Final in-hand classes. Therefore, scores from other championship, amateur or junior/young rider handler, individual breed, group, or under saddle classes will not be counted. For more information and complete list of guidelines see the current USDF Member Guide or on our performance awards section.
To be eligible for an All Breeds DSHB Award the horse must acquire a minimum of three scores from at least two different judges, from at least three different USDF/USEF-recognized competitions. They must earn a median score of 65% or higher to qualify. The horse must be lifetime registered with USDF when scores are earned, the owner must be a USDF participating or business member when scores are earned, and there is no required membership for the handler. Horses must meet all requirements of the participating breed organization. If the horse is life-registered with USDF in multiple registries/associations, the owner must notify USDF by August 1, of their choice of registry for the All Breeds awards program. Once an all-breeds declaration has been made, it can only be changed by submitting the All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form, a copy of the new breed registry papers and the $50 declaration change fee by August 1 of the award year. For more information and a full description see the current USDF Member Guide or on our All-breeds section.
Materiale classes are not a required element of the USDFBC Series, but are often held in conjunction. Horses entered in a materiale class will be ridden in a group and judged on movement, potential as a dressage horse, and an overall general impression. Movement, walk, trot, and canter should demonstrate purity and quality, and correctness. Movement at trot and canter should be big, light, and springy. Materiale classes may be offered in the following categories: three-year-old fillies, three-year-old colts and geldings, four-and-five-year-old mares, and four-and-five-year-old stallions and geldings. Classes for fillies and mares may not be combined with classes for colts, geldings or stallions, except in Materiale Championship classes (USEF DR204.2.d). Horses must be at least 36 months of age to participate in materiale classes. For competition purposes, the age of a horse is considered to be one-year-old on the first day of January following the actual date of foaling (USEF GR102.1).
To be eligible for Materiale HOY, the horse needs a minimum of three scores, from three different USDF/USEF-recognized competitions with a median score of 65% or higher to qualify. The horse must be lifetime registered with USDF when scores are earned, rider must be a USDF participating member when scores are earned, and the owner must be a USDF participating or business member when scores are earned. For more information see the current USDF Competitor and Member Guide .
All of this information and information on other USDF programs and awards are published in the USDF Member Guide . If you are not a Participating or Business member then visit the membership pages of www.usdf.org to see the benefits of these memberships and to fill out an online application. To inquire about the USDF Breeders Championship Series you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.