Not Just for Breeders!

Don Dessa DEC (Don Juan de Hus x Dunja - Dimaggio) owned and ridden by Amanda Graf, North Central Series Champion Materiale Five-Year-Old. Bred by Kendra Anshen. Photo by Lisa Michelle Dean Photography.

The USDF Breeders Championship Series

You don’t have to be a breeder to compete with your horse in the USDF Breeders Championship Series! Anyone with a young horse, or a mature mare or stallion, should consider the benefits of competing with their horse in-hand. 

Sven, 2022 Current Year Foal competitor, owned by Brooke Brown

The USDF Breeders Championship Series (USDFBCS) is intended to recognize quality bloodlines and dressage prospects across the nation and, through a combination of in-hand and materiale classes, strives to provide top-notch competition opportunities for dressage prospects and breeding stock. The program consists of anywhere from approximately seven to ten series, based on geographical area, that host qualifying competitions featuring both in-hand and materiale divisions, and ultimately culminate in a USDF Breeders Championship Series Final, within each series. Individuals competing three-, four-, and five-year-old horses are encouraged to compete in their respective age/sex category in BOTH the in-hand and materiale divisions.

Qualifying for the Series Finals

Qualifying for the USDFBCS Finals is simple!

In-hand Division Championships:

Horses placing first or second in their respective qualifier championship class will be invited to compete in the USDFBCS Final In-Hand Championship for their division. Horses may also qualify for the USDFBCS Final Championship by earning a 75 percent or higher in their respective age/sex class. The chart below outlines in-hand qualifying.

Materiale Divisions Championships:

Horses who earn one score of 72 percent or higher in a materiale class for their respective age and sex at a USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized Dressage or Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB) competition will be eligible to compete in the USDFBC Series Final Materiale Championship class for their age. The chart below outlines materiale qualifying.

Three-Year-Old Prospect Award

Each series final competition, annually, will crown one filly, colt, or gelding the Three-Year-Old Prospect Award recipient. To be eligible, a horse must qualify and compete in their respective Filly or Colt/Gelding In-Hand Series Final class and the Three-Year-Old Materiale Championship Series Final class, with the horse with the highest scores in each of these classes receiving the award.

Below are the dates and locations of the 2023 USDF Breeders Championships Series Finals. Visit the USDF website for full program rules and find qualifying competitions via the USDF Competition Calendar.

2023 USDF Breeders Championship Series

North Central Series

July 30, 2023, Frankfort, KY
KDA Breed Classic
Facility: Lakeside Arena

North West Series

August 13, 2023, Spokane, WA
28th Annual Spokane Sport Horse Farm Dressage Spectacular II
Facility: Spokane Sport Horse Farm

Jackpot (Janeiro Platinum x Hedy Lamarr) owned by Allie Vetch-Helinski, ridden by Jessica Wisdom, Champion Materiale Three-Year-Old North West Series. Bred by Maria Storup.

South East Series

August 13, 2023, Camden, SC
Made in the Shade III
Facility: South Carolina Equine Park

Mid-West Series

August 20, 2023, Washington, MO
The Kirkwood Dressage Show II
Facility: Kramer Arena

Southern Series

September 3, 2023, Magnolia, TX
Haras Dressage Sport Horse Qualifier III & USDF Southern Series Final
Facility: Haras Hacienda

North East Series

September 9-10, 2023, Mossup, CT
NEDA Breed Show III & USDF North East Series Breeders Championships
Facility: Falls Creek Farms

Rocky Mountain Series

September 21, 2023, Parker, CO
Rocky Mountain Sport Horse Championships
Facility: Colorado Horse Park

East Coast Series

September 26-October 1, 2023, Devon, PA
Dressage at Devon
Facility: Devon Horse Show Grounds

Fherrari (Foundation x EM Rheporter – Royal Prince), bred and owned by Maureen Swanson, East Coast Series Champion Mare, Champion Four-Year-Old Prospect & Champion Materiale Four-Year-Old

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