Although we are only into June, 2020 has already been one of the most challenging years in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our entire way of life, and things like social distancing have now become the norm. Many equestrian sports, including dressage, suspended accepting scores for a period this spring. With restrictions easing, many riders are eager to get back in the ring.
If you are hoping to qualify for the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships this year, here are three program modifications that you should be aware of:
- Change of Region Fees – Competitor change of region fees through August 1 reduced from $100 to $25 and from August 2 to closing date reduced from $300 to $100.
- Scores at the Same Competition – Competitors will be able to qualify by earning both scores at one competition; both scores may have the same judge or panel.
- Classes Designated Q – During the entire 2020 qualifying season any qualifying score earned in a class that was designated Q, held prior to June 1, 2020, but not entered as Q, upon notice and payment of the $15.00 qualifying fee to the USDF office prior to the closing of the date of the Championship, may be counted as a “good” qualifying score (membership requirements at the time of the competition where such score was obtained are unchanged).
Do you have a goal set to compete in the 2020 USDF Breeder Championship Series this year? Here are two modifications you should be aware of:
- Number of Qualifying Competitions – One qualifying competition, which can be held in conjunction with a series final, is required for a series to hold a series final competition.
- Qualifying for Final – The top three placing horses in each USDF Breeders Championship Series qualifier class will be qualified for the final, regardless of whether the first or second place horse has previously qualified.