News and updates from our Area Delegate
Opportunities for all for the coming season
ESNZ 2017 General Regulation Changes
With the new season now started I recommend to all who are intending to compete this season to check out all the competition opportunities that there are for riders of all levels. There is something there for everyone: Young and old, the new comers or those coming back to the sport as well as plenty for the experienced riders.
The Series Competitions is on the Dressage NZ website in the Competition section (click here).
Under series rules you will find all the detail about each series. I suggest if you are going to take part you make sure you do know all the relevant facts. Be informed, avoid disappointment.
To give an indication of the importance of checking the rules for the series very carefully here are some examples of what you need to know and which, by not knowing, may leave you disappointed
at some later date in the season. There may well be a competition you are not, at this stage, even aware of.
There has been a huge effort made to have series that recognise different levels of horses and experience of riders. For example for those competing in the Super 5 League there is the Prestige
Dressage Futures Prize for riders CN to C5 riding horses aged 4-10. Read all about it.
For three of the series you enter on line via Equestrian Entries.
If you are competing at levels 6,7,8 or 9 in the Super 5 League, check out the condition regarding whips.
There is much more and I think when you find the particular Series competition for which you are eligible and note the sub- categories within the series you will feel inspired to have a go. Series
competitions are a great motivator especially being based on percentages rather than places.
Realising that to improve test marks by even just a couple of percentage points to reach a higher points category can have its ‘rewards’ is an effective motivator.
For many of the Series you can count scores from local events that are listed on the official calendar (i.e. ‘carded’ events) So check out the calendar and find some events to go to.
The competition Calendar for the 2017-2018 Season is on the website. The month by month calendar details the local events for the various dressage groups around the country as well as our
own and the major events. So if you prefer going to smaller events check out what is happening at home and in other nearby areas.
Under the heading at the top of the Calendar ‘page’ is the Back on Track Premier Dressage League. This shows in one clear table, all of what we have known as the Regional Championship Shows
around the country. It also list the dates for the Island and National Championships, HOY and NZ Under 25 Championships. A very useful reference point.
Please note the sponsors of all these series and in particular the ones you are going to be part of: For the Super 5 League there is a separate sponsor for each level. Take note of the particular
sponsor of the level at which you will be competing. Find out about their products. Go to their stands at events such as Equidays. Support our sponsors.
If any of you are uncertain about the rider categories follow the link above to the series details and you will find the criteria is tabulated at the end of the All-in- Flex Dressage Amateur Top 10 Series
2017 – 2018.
Enjoy the season ahead,
Please see the PDF below for a summary of recent changes to the ESNZ General Regulations - important for every competitor to be aware of.