IDG Dressage run a series of six unaffiliated Dressage shows a year, five of which are open to all (including our Championship Show) and one that is exclusively for our members in July. All are shows are run under BD rules and using BD listed judges.
Our aim is to encourage everyone to take part in our shows and enjoy themselves and to try to progress up through the levels at a pace they feel comfortable with.
We split our classes into Open and Restricted sections with each competitor required to specify whether they are Open or Restricted in each class they enter. Failure to do this means they will automatically be entered in the Open section.
Are you restricted or open?
At intro level, if you and your horse have been placed 1st to 6th at Intro level or above in the previous year at any show you must ride as Open. If not you can ride restricted throughout the season. However, if a competitor is a BD/BE member they are not to ride in a restricted class below or at their BD/BE level. Anyone riding on a horse more than 2 levels below a class that it is also being ridden in on that same horse shall ride HC in the lower class.
We also run a league that every member has the opportunity of gaining points for every time they compete (even if they don't actually get placed in their class, dependent on the number of entrants - see League Table Page for further info). At the end of the season each member with the most points in their section winning the league trophy for the year.
We also like to encourage members to help out at shows its a great way to gain knowledge of what it involved and also learn what the judges are looking for in a test if writing for the judges. As a thank you to anyone who helps us out for a full day at a show we offer a voucher for £4 off an entry to one of our shows, or for any non riding helpers we reward you with a box of chocolates!!