While 2020 had its share of disappointments due to COVID-19 cancellations, here’s a quick list of things to, hopefully, look forward to in 2021*
Great American/USDF Regional Dressage Championships
The Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships take place annually in the late summer and early fall. These shows give competitors a great opportunity to compete against the top riders from their home region, with many hoping to use the competition to punch their ticket to the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® in November. Here is the schedule* for 2021.
Region 1 October 7-10 – Virginia Horse Center; Lexington, VA
Region 2 October 7-10 – Kentucky Horse Park; Lexington, KY
Region 3 October 8-10 – Georgia International Horse Park; Conyers, GA
Region 4 September 23-26 – Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center; Cumming, IA
Region 5 September 16-19 – HIPICO; Santa Fe, NM
Region 6 September 23-26 – Devonwood Equestrian Center; Sherwood, OR
Region 7 September 23-26 – Murieta Equestrian Center; Rancho Murieta, CA
Region 8 September 22-26 – HITS on the Hudson; Saugerties, NY
Region 9 October 7-10 – Great Southwest Equestrian Center; Katy, TX
US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®
The national competition is back on! It is scheduled for November 11-14 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. With the 2020 edition cancelled, but those who were qualified being rolled into the new year, we expect this to be the biggest and best US Dressage Finals yet! And for the first time ever, Finals is adding a Junior/Young Rider division in 2021.
2021 Adequan®/USDF Convention
Make sure you save the date December 1-4. After going virtual in 2020, USDF will once again be on the road in 2021, with Houston, Texas as the hosting location. From featured education sessions, roundtables and Q&A’s where you can make your opinion heard, USDF governance in action, and the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet finale, there are many reasons to attend next year!
Postponed due to COVID-19, this equine extravaganza will take place October 1-3, 2021 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. EQUITANA USA is a spin-off of the world renowned EQUITANA in Germany, and consists of three days of shopping, education, and entertainment – all dedicated to horses and the people that love them. The education feature includes an array of programming (with clinics, veterinarian seminars, panels, breed demos, and more), and entertainment will include a night event in the Alltech Arena – similar to a Cirque de Soleil show with horses. USDF is proud to partner with EQUITANA USA on the dressage portions of their event, and looks forward to greeting spectators from our booth.
Delayed due to COVID-19 to 2021, the summer Olympics are scheduled to take place this year. The Olympics will open on Friday, July 23, and you can watch competitors from around the world compete to claim medals for their home countries. Keep up with the latest Olympics dressage news here.
*All events are subject to change