5 Things You Didn’t Know About the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®

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The picturesque Kentucky Horse Park is the venue for Finals. (SueJStickle.com)

The US Dressage Finals, presented by Adequan®, are held each year in November.  You may already know that this national, head-to-head competition showcases both adult amateur and open riders at Training Level through Grand Prix.  However, there are a few things you may not know about the competition. 

  1. You can volunteer! Volunteers are the unsung heroes of the horse world, and plenty of them are needed to keep a show as large as Finals running smoothly.  With everything from ring stewards, to runners, to awards assistance, to scribes, there are many wonderful opportunities to volunteer at the show.  You can sign up to volunteer online here.
  2. Are you unable to attend Finals, but still want to follow along?  You can livestream  Finals on USEF Network.  Additionally, you can watch coverage from previous Finals on demand.
  3. Competitors can represent their region in the Regions Cup. Each regional team, based on USDF’s nine regions, consists of three competitors (athlete/horse combinations). These competitors represent three categories, Training/First Level, Second through Fourth Level, and FEI Level, and are determined based on results from the Great American/USDF Regional Championship in which they competed. See lists of last year’s teams and winners on the US Dressage Finals website.
  4. Have you ever thought about attending Finals to watch the competitors in person?  Admission is free for visitors and spectators!  Enjoy watching the show in the climate controlled Alltech Arena, or take a stroll outside to see the changing autumn leaves in Kentucky around the outdoor arenas.  (VIP packages are also be available for purchase.)
  5. High Score Breed Awards are offered by participating breed organizations.  In 2019, these range from American Connemara Ponies to Gypsy Horses.  See the full list of participating organizations for 2019 here

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