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New in 2018! Rising Stars Competition

The objective of the Rising Stars competition is to encourage the participation of riders 18 years and younger in the sport of dressage. The competition is based on, and inspired by, the Rising Stars show in B.C. which has the following objective: “To provide young riders, 21 years and under, the opportunity to participate in a dressage competition that is exclusively their own, in an environment that provides a fair playing field for junior riders of different age groups, wherein each will compete against his/her peer group at all levels of skill, from beginners to advanced.”

The awards for Rising Stars have been designed to reward effort and participation, excellence in equitation and technical riding skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. A highlight of the Rising Stars Competition is the equitation championship for both Gold and Bronze riders. See the table of awards below for more information on participation in this special class.

General rules for participation in Rising Stars:

  • Participation is restricted to riders 18 years and younger
  • Tack checks are mandatory after each test(same as Silver & Gold)
  • No cross entries of horses between Gold and Bronze shows except for fun classes
  • No stallions in the Bronze show or fun classes

Rising Stars Welcome Event

Held at the same time as the Thursday Welcome Event, this is an opportunity to come and meet other Rising Stars participants, register your team, and get a list of riding times for Rising Stars participants so that you can cheer everyone on!

Information on special classes:

  • Dressage Equitation Championship (“ride-off”) is a special championship class offered in both the Gold and Bronze competitions. Qualification to compete in the ride-off is required. There is no fee for this class. Para and Walk-Trot classes are not eligible.
    To qualify to compete:
    • There will be 2 judges judging RS designated Gold and Bronze classes on Saturday; one judge will do the normal technical judging and the second judge will judge only the equitation of the rider throughout the technical test.
    • The Equitation Judge will use a different score sheet.
    • The scores from the Equitation Judge will determine the top equitation riders in each age category in each level. The top 2 equitation riders from each age category and level will then be entered into the Dressage Equitation “ride-off” class Saturday Evening. Up to 10 riders can qualify for the Gold ride-off class, up to 12 for the Bronze class. The Champion and Reserve in each of the Gold and Bronze class will be awarded by the results of each of the two special Dressage Equitation ride-offs.
  • Pleasures Pairs is ridden by pairs (2) of horse/rider combinations. The class is run as a group class, with all combinations in the ring at the same time. Combinations will be judged on their ability to stay in sync through a series of walk/trot/canter/transition exercises, requested by the judge. No movements above Training level will be required.
    Pairs may be made up of Rising Stars competitors in either the Gold or Bronze show competing in Training level or above. Riders must be 18 years of age or younger.
  • Prix Caprilli is a dressage test with jumps in it. Jump height is up to 2 feet, and is adjusted based on the level or rider and size of the horse or pony.
    The class is open to competitors in the Gold or Bronze show competing in Training level or above. Riders must be 18 years of age or younger.
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Rising Stars Awards

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