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We know lots of you enjoy dressage, but did you know that BRC and Interdressage run an online competition league, covering dressage and a number of other disciplines, over the winter months.

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Which is open to all BRC Clubs and Riding Club Centres, now with great monthly NAF prizes too. The League started in October and ends on 30 April 2020. It has been designed to encourage more BRC Riding Club and Riding Club Centre members to ‘Give Interdressage a Go,’ by making it possible for you to ride your tests/classes in a relaxed manner from the comfort of familiar surroundings. Making this suitable for absolutely any level of rider, from the true beginner to the more advanced competitor.

All you need is an arena, or fairly flat, marked out field and a friend to film your test, then just upload to YouTube and enter via the Interdressage website: www.interdressage.com. It is even possible with a camera and tripod to record your own test. 

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As well as Dressage at various levels, Interdressage offers Baroque Dressage, Style Jumping, Ridden and In Hand Showing, plus Practical Horsemanship and Handy Horse classes, and from time to time a number of fun Novelty classes, including a charity Hobby Horse Dressage class! All the tests are professionally judged, with comprehensive feedback and cost just £12.00 per class to enter. So a huge range of great value classes to have a go at. This year, each month NAF will be awarding the highest placed BRC Interdressage individual competitor with a special prize. At the end of the League we will be awarding fabulous BRC rosettes for the winning Riding Club / Riding Club Centre and a wonderful overall individual prize from our sponsor NAF, plus a rosette and sash. In addition the highest placed four winning Club/Centre riders and overall winning individual rider will be invited to lunch and a presentation at the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships, at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, in August 2020. 

 All the monthly Interdressage classes also have rosettes up to 10th place, with prize money awarded too, and you could be competing Internationally with riders from all over the World taking part. There is a great social Interdressage Facebook page for any questions or tips and advice. It really is an ideal way for those not confident enough to go out competing to start competing. Or a great way of trying out a more advanced level, or just to keep practising over the winter months for those more experienced competitors not wanting to venture too far. And the beauty of it all is you can compete when you want, where you want, and you don’t have to be particularly smart or have a super clean horse, absolutely ideal for the winter months! We have produced a short video showing how to get involved - http://bitly.ws/6rtn

“It is always a pleasure to meet up once a year for the BRC Interdresasge League presentation and being able to meet members of the winning Club. Feedback for the League and Interdressage, is always so positive and it is heart-warming to hear that Interdressage, after twelve years of offering online video competitions, still continues to encourage and support riders, especially those who are just starting out on their competition path. We are lucky to have an excellent team of BD judges and professional coaches to judge our classes and offer feedback for those who need it. Interdressage has developed into a worldwide community without losing the personal touch.” - Karina Hawkridge, Interdressage.

2018/2019 Club League winners are full of praise for how Interdressage has helped them:

“Malvern Hills RC has been taking part in the BRC Interdressage League for the past four years. We started off small, with just four members meeting up and having a go at the tests, taking it in turns to film each other and generally just seeing what it is all about. Since then, it’s grown into an important part of our winter schedule, with dedicated filming days each month at our local equestrian centre. Nervous riders or young horses come along to get some experience in an arena, but don’t need to warm-up with lots of horses or hang around all day. And, of course, the beauty of online competition is that if you forget the test, or knock a pole, or something just goes a little bit wrong, then you can just stop and start all over again.” Caroline Bates, Malvern Hills Chairman.

Last seasons overall Individual winner Henrietta Senn competed with her horse Bobby;

"I started entering Interdressage as I didn’t have the confidence to go out to competitions. With brilliant feedback on the test sheets I have learned so much and now go out competing as well as still doing Interdressage online. I also love the wide choice of classes, from dressage and baroque to style jumping, showing, and the fun classes like Handy Horse and Happy Hacker. There really is a class for everyone. Gorgeous rosettes to 10th place in all classes is just the icing on the cake."

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