2021 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® – Five Things to Look Forward To 


Each year, top competitors from around the country descend on the Kentucky Horse Park to compete for top honors, over $100,000 in prize money, and most importantly, bragging rights, at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. This premier event features the top competitors from each of the nine USDF regions vying for national honors as they step onto the national stage and down the ‘centerline of champions’.

After the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Dressage Finals are back and better than ever! Here are five things you can look forward to as we return for 2021:

We believe the children are our future.

That’s right, 2021 is the inaugural year of the junior/young rider division at the US Dressage Finals. Previously, juniors and young riders’ opportunities to participate in the Finals required them to compete in the Open division. This year, they have the opportunity to compete head-to-head against their peers in the Junior/Young Rider Division at Training to Fourth Level. Join us as we cheer on the future of dressage!

At the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships

Presentation of Two New Perpetual Trophies

2021 will feature the establishment and presentation of two new perpetual trophies, the Top Hat Perpetual Trophy, presented by Janet Foy and the Verne Batchelder Memorial Trophy, presented by River House Hanoverians.The Top Hat Perpetual Trophy will recognize the horse and rider combination with the highest freestyle and non-freestyle average score at the same level and the Verne Batchelder Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the FEI highest scoring, US-bred horse. We are so fortunate to be able to recognize these combinations and horses through the generous support of those like Janet and River House Hanoverians, and can’t wait to crown the first recipients of these prestigious honors.

Awesome Holiday Shopping

As anyone who has attended the Finals can attest, one of the highlights of the event is the wonderful holiday shopping opportunities brought together in the trade fair. In addition to the exclusive event merchandise available, vendors from across the country, with an array of products and services, provide the perfect landscape to get a start on your holiday shopping, especially for the horse-lovers on your list! From tack and equipment, to jewelry, to fashion, to feed and supplements, the US Dressage Finals Trade Fair can help you check off just about everyone on your list. View our current vendor list, and plan your attack!

Chesley Burris and Amber Wiseman show off merchandise from the 2019 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan.

Let’s Party!

What would any event be without some fun? This year will feature a Thursday Competitor Welcome Party and Trade Fair kick off, where competitors and guests can shop the trade fair, imbibe in some delicious appetizers and beverages, and enjoy the live Bluegrass stylings of 5 String Theory. Friday’s Bluegrass Competitor Party will feature Kentucky-themed appetizers followed by an evening of Grand Prix competition. And finally, as we tap our toes to the amazing Grand Prix Freestyles Saturday evening, competitors can enjoy appetizers with a southern flare at the Taste of the South Competitor Party. Food, drinks, friends, and freestyles, what more could you ask for!?

Most important of all…the DRESSAGE!

While all of the items on this list play a huge role in making the US Dressage Finals the revered event that it is, the most important reason to look forward to the US Dressage Finals is the dressage! The love of the sport is what brings us all together and being able to showcase these top competitors from around the country, achieving their goals and experiencing success, having made it to this pinnacle event, just proves why the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® is truly the ‘centerline of champions’ and why competing here is so special for those lucky enough to have had the opportunity. Wishing everyone the best of luck as they take their turn down centerline!

Mimi and Leo at the US Dressage Finals Photo by Susan J Stickle

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