DI Young Horse Series

In recent years the increased interest and participation in Dressage in Ireland has led to a growth in investment by riders, breeders and producers alike to acquire, breed or produce a well-balanced, athletic and trainable horse more suited to the discipline of Dressage.

Dressage Ireland is very cognisant of the fact that the development of young horses is fundamental to the success of the sport into the future.

With this in mind Dressage Ireland would like to roll out a Young Horse Series.

We are inviting regions to hold two qualifiers in conjunction with their regional shows.

The top 3 qualify in each section at the regional qualifiers for the Finals if they achieve 64% or above.

Young horse Classes & Tests as follows:

  • 4 year old FEI 4 year old test.
  • 5 year old BD 5 year old national test
  • 5 year old FEI Preliminary test
  • 6 year old BD National test
  • 6 year old FEI Preliminary test
  • 7 year old FEI individual junior test.

Apart from the 4 year old class, there will be a British Dressage test as above and an FEI test at each age group. The BD age classes are easier and more achievable initially, but for those horses / rider combinations that are looking towards The World Young Horse Championships, the results of the FEI tests will be important for selection purposes.

The Young Dressage Horse Finals will take place in the autumn, venue and date to be confirmed.

The final will include BD National Age classes and FEI tests at each level. The classes are open to any breed and there will be a prize for the highest placed Irish bred at each level at the finals.

Dressage Ireland are already in talks with a potential sponsor who has generously expressed interest in sponsoring the final.

Please refer to regional schedules for upcoming young horse classes in the coming weeks. This series will be run in conjunction with Government and HSI Covid guidelines.

The recent HSI Autumn Development Series has proven that there are lots of promising young horses in the country. Dressage Ireland see’s the advent of young horses/ pony classes as an exciting addition to show schedules.

If you require any additional information, please email