The following is an excerpt from the Spring 1993 USDF Bulletin
In 1985, USDF Region 4 organized the first USDF Regional Championship. With each passing year, additional regions have chosen the championship format as a way to determine and recognize the best riders in the area while building enthusiasm for dressage.
In 1992, seven USDF Regions held USDF Regional Championships—Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and Regions 1 and 7 also hold “regional championship” shows (the Ljungquist Finals and the CDS Championships), but they aren’t called “USDF” regional championships. This article goes on to tell of a need to standardize the qualifying criteria and basic organizaition of all USDF Regional Championships. The first championships using this criteria started in 1994. In 2005, Great American Insurance Group came on as title sponsor and the championships have continued to thrive.
(Disclaimer: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted. Photos appear in a historical context.)