The aim of this Competition is to give the less experienced Dressage riders who, under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international Dressage competitions and live in the more remote countries, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country.

The Equestrian Australia Dressage Committee (EADC) is pleased to announce the introduction of the 2017 FEI World Dressage Challenge to the Australian Dressage Championships program at Boneo Park in October.

The FEI World Dressage Challenge is aimed at all Dressage riders with a dream goal of representing their country in international Dressage at the highest level and on home soil.

“Now is their chance to ride that dream,” said EADC Chair Prue Spurrett.

The event offers five performance levels and two age groups (12-16 and 16 years of age and above). Intermediate, Prix St Georges, Advanced, Medium and Elementary competitions will be staged and there will be two Classifications – Individual and Team.

For the team, a minimum of three and a maximum of four athletes can be nominated. Each rider’s final scores (expressed in percentages) will be collated and the best three performances will count for the overall team result.

In 2016, almost 40 countries participated in the FEI World Dressage Challenge held in New Zealand.

The FEI World Dressage Challenge Competition classes are open to a maximum of 40 starters across all five classes with the Organising Committee and National Selectors to determine the number in each. It’s proposed that the FEI World Dressage Challenge will be conducted on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

More information, application forms and conditions of entry will be available soon.  Final selection of entries and the team will be made by the Equestrian Australia Dressage Selectors.

It offers five performance levels and two age groups (12-16 yrs; 16 yrs and older):

•  Intermediate I
•  Prix St. George
•  Advanced
•  Medium
•  Elementary

Individual Classification:
The FEI World Dressage Challenge offers a World Individual and Regional classification per Level.

Team Classification:
The FEI World Dressage Challenge offers a World Team classification. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 Team Athletes can be nominated. The Team members’ ultimate results, expressed in percentages, will be added. The results achieved by the three best Team athletes will count for the Team Classification. Scores obtained at higher technical levels will have a higher coefficient, this may impact the overall results and Team members’ selection process.

Development of the Sport
The FEI World Dressage Challenge also serves as an educational purpose by linking the competition with the coaching. The Dressage tests are in correlation with the Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the FEI Coach Education System, which is implemented in the same NFs that participate to the FEI World Dressage Challenge.

National Federations that have applied through the FEI Solidarity for an ESEE (Equestrian Sport Educative Event) in Dressage have the possibility to link the competition to the education of their National officials, which is another important tool aimed towards the development of the discipline.

The FEI World Dressage Challenge is held between the 1 January and the 31 December.