USDF Approves US Finals

How exciting is this! The USDF has approved to add a US Finals competition coming in 2013. The full details are still being ironed out but what they have released sounds very exciting! USDF have stated that the focus will be on the adult-amateur and open divisions. They are hoping to create a competition that offers a minimum of $50,000 in prize money focusing on First Level to Grand Prix. Qualifying for the finals will be through the Regional Championships. The first US Finals competition will be held at Alltech Arena in Lexington, KY.

Maybe Taylor and I will make it one day…fingers crossed!

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Below is an older USDF article announcing the finals:

Lexington, KY (January 24, 2012) – The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce approval by its Board of Governors of a US Dressage Finals beginning in 2013. These finals will be a head to head competition showcasing Adult Amateur and Open riders at Training Level through Grand Prix.

With invitations to be extended to competitors who have qualified through the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, the inaugural US Dressage Finals will take place in the fall of 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington, KY. The KHP was the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It also hosts the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

According to USDF President George Williams, the first formal discussions within the USDF, regarding a US national championship, started almost 20 years ago. Williams also states, “This is indeed an exciting day for American dressage and in particular, our adult amateur competitors.”

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