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DSA National Young Dressage Horse Series 2018

Mission Statement
In an effort to bring young horse classes in South Africa up to the level of the FEI young horse classes, H&R Dressage ran a highly successful Young Horse Dressage Series for 2016 and 2017. We recognized that the current FEI Young Horse tests are a level above the average young horse in this country so in 2017 DSA Young Dressage Horse tests were written and approved. Through the exposure of horses and the education of riders by our local and international judges, we aim to uplift the standard of South Africa’s young horses parallel to that of the FEI standard. We further hope that these classes will encourage greater participation in dressage and grow the sport as a whole.

In 2018 the National Young Dressage Horse Series classes will run in conjunction with the DSA National Challenge. This will open it up to all of the provinces as the tests would be judged in each province by the two DSA Challenge judges.
Horses and riders competing in the series must be fully registered with DSA.
At the DSA Challenge CDN status show in each province the four young horse classes will be offered. In Gauteng, due to higher numbers of competitors for the DSA Challenge, there may be qualifiers held and the show will take place over 3 days to accommodate the extra young horse classes.
All Young Horse Series horses must compete in their home province DSA Challenge show unless prior permission has been granted as per DSA Challenge rules for them to compete out of province.

There are 4 different age categories: 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old and 7 – 9 year old classes.
The 4, 5 and 6 year old classes will be judged like the FEI Young Horse classes, with marks being given for walk, trot, canter, submission and general impression.
The 7 – 9 year olds will be judged and scored as a normal, complete dressage test, as they are in the 7 – 9 year olds at CDI shows.
The test that will be ridden are:
4 Year Olds: DSA 4 Year Old Young Horse Test (2017)
5 Year Olds: DSA 5 Year Old Young Horse Test (2017)
6 Year Olds: DSA 6 Year Old Young Horse Test (2017)
7 – 9 Year Olds: DSA 7 – 9 Year Old Young Horse Test (2017)
Due to some confusion with regards to the age of horses eligible for the young horse classes at the 2015 South African Dressage Championships, the format used by the Jumping Young Horse Performance Series will be followed.

Each series will follow a Calendar year. The horse must be the required age on 30th June for the year of the series and will remain in that age category for the remainder of that calendar year. (i.e. a horse born any time from 1st July 2011 until 30th June 2012 will be eligible for the 6 year old series this year (2018)
This will mean for the 2018 series:
Date of birth Age group
Between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 4 year old
Between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013 5 year old
Between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012 6 year old
Between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2011 7 – 9 year old

Judging of YHNS Classes 2018
There will be 2 National Panel judges , both seated at C, both consulting on the mark given.
In the interest of transparency and aligning this series to the FEI young horse classes, it is essential that the judges give feedback to the riders and public after each horse rider combination. This is both educational and increases interest from the spectators and other competitors. This will only apply to the 4, 5 and 6 year old classes.
7 – 9 year olds will be judged as a normal test and will not be required to remain in the arena after the completion of the test.
At least one judge must be National A panel and the other judge may be from either the National A or B panel .
If a province may need to run a qualifier due to oversubscription for an age group, the same age group test will be ridden as a normal dressage test as a qualifier/warm up for that age group.The show holder will advise the competitor of this before the start of the show.
The show holder will also reserve the right to limit entries in each category should there be too many horses entered with 1 rider .The competitor may then have an option to find an alternative rider in this case.
There will be a bit checker for all DSA National Young Horse Series classes.
Results will be posted together with the DSA Challenge results on a separate spread sheet and emailed to all provinces and be available on the DSA website.
National Championship awards, rosettes and medals, will be presented at the SA National Dressage Championships for 2018

Entry forms
Entries for the series MUST be done as per the DSA online entry system. Additional documents must be submitted to DSA.
Documentation includes:
− An additional document (please see Appendix A
− A copy of the horse’s breeding
− The centre page of the horse’s passport with full date of birth
This is to ensure that all horses compete in the correct age group as well as keeping record of the breeding and breeders/studs across all age groups and provinces.
Administration entails:
− Ensuring submission of all documentation from the competitors and keeping them on record.
− Checking of ages
− Recording of breeding information and using this for announcing at the show as well as results in magazine articles.

General Rules and Regulations
1. All horses and riders entering the series must have a minimum of DSA recreational membership. For more details regarding registration of horses and riders, please refer to the DSA website,
2. 4, 5 and 6 year olds will be judges as per the FEI Directives for International Dressage Competitions but with 2 judges for 4,5 and 6 year olds.
3. 7 – 9 year olds will be judged as per a normal test with 1 judge at C and 1 judge at E
4. 4, 5 and 6 year olds may only compete in snaffle bridles.
5. 7 – 9 year olds may compete in snaffle or simple double bridles.
6. Spurs are permitted
7. No whips shall be permitted in the Young Horse Championship classes, but may be used in the warm up /qualifier classes.
8. Championship Young horse series Tests must be ridden from memory.
9. Trot work will be ridden as per the test specifications
10. 4, 5 and 6 year olds must remain in the arena after completion of the test to receive feedback from the judges.
11. 7 – 9 year olds may leave the arena after the completion of their test as no verbal feedback will be given.
12. No entry may be accepted without all documentation correctly submitted.
13. All DSA rules with regards to tack permitted, dress code of horse and rider and any other technical points must be strictly adhered to.

Compulsory additional document to accompany each horse’s entry
Age Full name of horse Passport No. Date of Birth Owner Rider Groom
Gender: Breed: Stud/Breeder: Local/Imported
Sire: Breed of Sire:
Dam: Breed of Dam:
Dam Sire: Breed of Dam Sire:
Contact person: E-mail:
Home contact number: Cell phone number
Signature of competitor Date
Signature of Parent/Guardian in the case of a minor

All persons participating at this event do so at own risk and will have no claim against the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF), Dressage South Africa (DSA), or Howarth and Riders Dressage (H&R Dressage) including any officials, employees, members, affiliated bodies, show-holding bodies, or sponsors SAEF, DSA, or H&R Dressage for any loss of property, death or injury of persons suffered during or in connection with this event from any cause whatsoever. No minor may participate in this event without the permission of his/her parent/guardian, who indemnifies SAEF, DSA and H&R Dressage (including all other persons) against any such claims by such minors.