The 2021 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships are right around the corner! Riders from all nine regions are making their final preparations before heading down centerline. Here are some important updates and reminders as we head into the 2021 championship season.
Changes to Qualification Criteria
Qualification criteria for 2021 is different than the criteria for 2020: To qualify for a Regional Championship, horse/rider combinations must earn a total of two qualifying scores, at two different USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized Dressage Competitions, from two different judges, or combination of judges. Complete 2021 Program Rules are available on the USDF website.
Riding in a Different Region?
Riders choosing to compete at a Regional Championship outside their home region, must submit a change of region form. This form must be submitted with a $25 fee prior to July 1. Change of Region Forms may be accepted after July 1 with the appropriate late fee. All persons living outside of the United States, who intend to compete in a Regional Championship, must submit a Change of Region form and applicable fee .
How to Get Your Qualifying Scores
Qualifying scores do not have to be earned within a rider’s home region or the region in which they plan to compete in a Regional Championship, but they must be earned within the qualifying period for the championship the rider is to compete in. The competition must also be a 2021 qualifying competition.
Great Opportunity For Adult Amateurs
All Adult Amateurs who are qualified for the Great American/USDF Regional Championships in non-freestyle classes are automatically eligible to compete in the Adult Amateur Regional Equitation Finals presented by Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply.
And An Exciting Opportunity for Junior Riders
Juniors who are qualified for the Great American/ USDF Regional Championships in non-freestyle classes are automatically eligible to compete in the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals.
Heading to Finals
Horse/rider combinations who, if qualified, intend to compete at the 2021 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® must submit a declaration by midnight the day prior to the start of their Regional Championship competition. Riders who qualified for the 2020 US Dressage Finals and wish to carryover to 2021 must submit a nomination between July 1-August 31, 2021.
New for 2021!
There will be national-level junior/young rider (non-freestyle) classes at the 2021 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. Riders intending to qualify for Finals must also submit a declaration by midnight the day prior to the start of their Regional Championship competition. Please see the US Dressage Finals page on the USDF website for more information.