Dressage Ireland

National Winter Finals

National Winter Finals

National Winter Finals

Winter Finals 2018
7th & 8th April 2018
Cavan Equestrian Centre, Latt, Co. Cavan


Winter Finals Classes

Class Level Test Test
1 Preliminary Category 1 DI P18 (2012) BD 15 (2008/2016)
2 Preliminary Category 2 DI P18 (2012) BD 15 (2008/2016)
3 Preliminary Category 3 DI P18 (2012) BD 15 (2008/2016)
4 Novice Category 1 DI N27 (2012) BD 22 (2007)
5 Novice Category 2 DI N27 (2012) BD 22 (2007)
6 Novice Category 3 DI N27 (2012) BD 22 (2007)
7 Elementary Category 2 DI E51 (2013) BD 59 (2010)
8 Elementary Category 3 DI E51 (2013) BD 59 (2010)
9 Medium Category 2 BD 61 (2002) BD 73 (2007)
10 Medium Category 3 BD 61 (2002) BD 73 (2007)
11 Advanced Medium FEI Jnr Team (2009 updated 2018) FEI Jnr Indv (2009 updated 2018)
12 Advanced FEI Young Rider Prelim (2009 updated 2018)
13 Prix St Georges Prix St Georges FEI (2009 updated 2018)
14 Intermédiaire I Intermediate I FEI (2009 updated 2018)
15 Intermédiaire II Intermediate II FEI (2009 updated 2018)
16 Grand Prix Grand Prix FEI (2009 updated 2018)
17 Junior Trailblazers Preliminary (Under 12) BD 7 (2002/2016)
18 Junior Trailblazers Preliminary (12-16yrs) DI P15 (2012)
19 Senior Trailblazers (Preliminary) DI P15 (2012)
20 Junior Trailblazers (Novice) DI N26 (2012)
21 Senior Trailblazers (Novice) DI N26 (2012)
22 Para Grade I Team Test (2012/2017) Individual Test (2012/2018)
23 Para Grade II Team Test (2012/2017) Individual Test (2012/2018)
24 Para Grade III Team Test (2012/2017) Individual Test (2012/2018)
25 Para Grade IV Team Test (2009/2017) Individual Test (2012/2018)
26 Para Grade V Team Test (2012/2017) Individual Test (2012/2018)
27 FEI Pony Team Test (2012/2018) Individual Test (2012/2018)
General Information

General Information

The qualifying period is from 29th August 2017 to the 19th March 2018 excluding the National Championships.

Rider who used late qualification scores for the 2017 National championships may not use those scores again for the 2018 Winter Finals.

All qualification scores must be gained under a suitably listed judge.

Rider and horse combinations must have gained at least one qualification score in Ireland during the qualification period. Other qualification scores may have been gained abroad.

A day schedule with information on which classes will run on each day will be issued closer to the time.

Entry Fees

Entry Fees

Winter Finals:

  • €60 / £50 for Classes 1 to 11 and 22 to 27
  • €35 / £30 for Classes 12 to 21.


Postal entries to be accompanied by correct payment in form of cheque, postal order or bank draft, made out to "DRESSAGE IRELAND".




Please note Entries will open on 1st March 2018 and close on Monday 19th March at midnight.

Under NO circumstance will late entries be accepted.

All postal Entries must have arrived at the office before closing time Tuesday 20th March 2017.

Please do not contact the office over late entries as refusal might offend.

Postal entries to:

Dressage Ireland CLG c/o GT Electric, Main Street, Cavan

Entry Forms to follow

– or –

Enter Online

Withdrawals by:

Monday 26th March 2018 at midday.


Available on this website from Tuesday 2nd April 2018.


Qualifications for Winter Finals 2018

Preliminary, Novice, Elementary,Medium and Pony Rider

Competitors must have achieved a qualifying standard of 64% on three occasions between 29th August 2017 and 19th March 2017 excluding results from the National Championships 2017.

Two qualifying scores at the same level may be obtained at the same show as long as the two tests are judged by different judges.

Pony Riders with qualifying scores obtained in FEI Pony Classes are also eligible to enter the Medium Championships.

Advanced Medium Championship and above

Competitors must have achieved a qualifying standard of 63% twice between 29th August 2017 and 19th March 2018 excluding results from the National Championships 2017.

Irish Riders based overseas must have three qualifying scores from three separate shows within the same timeframe.

For Intermédiaire I to Grand Prix competitors must have acchieved a qualifying standard of 63% once between 29th August 2017 and 19th March 2018 excluding results from the National Championships 2017.

Please note that a qualification score at Intermédiaire I level gives you one qualification score for PSG as well and that a qualification score at Grand Prix gives you qualification for Intermédiaire II.

Junior and Senior Trailblazers Classes

Trailblazer competitors must have achieved a qualifying standard of 64% or more on two occasions between 29th August 2017 and 19th March 2018 in the relevant Trailblazers classes at Regional Shows.

Trailblazers may carry a whip and have their tests commanded (called out). Trailblazer riders are not allowed to wear spurs.

Senior Trailblazers riders must be under 21 on 01.01.2018.

Class 17 Junior Trailblazers is limited to riders under the age of 12 as of the 1st January 2018.

Class 18 Junior Trailblazers is for riders (over the age of 12) under 16 as of the 1st January 2018.



In the event of unmanageable numbers, the organizers reserve the right to ballot out. This will be carried out on a first come first served basis.

Prize Giving

Riders must be properly turned out to attend prize giving or send a representative to collect on their behalf, if they cannot be present themselves.

Prizes will not be presented before Prize Giving, and prizes not collected during Prize Giving, will be forfeited.


Stabling must be booked directly with Cavan Equestrian Centre and is completely independent of Dressage Ireland.

General Conditions

General Conditions – please read carefully

  • Horse and pony rider combinations may only compete in two consecutive levels at the Winter Finals.

  • It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they have met the qualifying criteria and that the official 2018 entry form is filled out correctly. It is the responsibility of all competitors to ensure that the qualifying scores upon which they are relying were awarded at shows affiliated to Dressage Ireland in front of a listed judge who is qualified to judge at this level. Please take note that restricted classes give no qualifications to Winter Finals.

  • Please note that qualification for the Winter Finals is for horse/rider combinations (i.e. the rider who qualifies the horse must also ride it in the Winter Finals).

  • All riders must declare at the office upon arrival to obtain their bridle number.

  • Passports must be presented at the office and will be checked.

  • Equine Premise Numbers must be submitted at the office at the time of declaration.

  • Competitors are reminded to ensure that all vaccinations are up to date.

  • The results of the competitions at the Winter Finals are final. No correspondence or representations will be entertained.

  • Riders should be aware that their horses may be required to be tested for forbidden substances.