The Dressage Championships of Great Britain

24th - 26th September 2021

Crickland's very own Dressage Championships of Great Britain is the ultimate family holiday for unaffiliated dressage riders.  The outstanding value of the all-in-one package at the UK's premier equestrian venue is seen by many of our loyal customers as just too good to miss.

NO QUALIFICATION REQUIRED IN 2021

The wonderfully inclusive, encouraging and safe environment for children and adults alike creates the perfect atmosphere for every showjumper to make the most of their time away with their horse or pony.

 

All Classes take place on All Weather Surfaces, whether that is our established and World Famous Superflex Arena, or our stunning new Magic Arena.

Package Includes

  • Parking

  • THREE Warm Up Tests

  • TWO Championship Tests

  • Pitch for Tent, Lorry and / or Caravan

  • Showground Entrance for the duration of the event for 3 people (Extra Wristbands £10)

  • Entrance to Parties each night in the Pavilion (Covid-19 restrictions dependent)

  • Show Membership

  • Stables for FOUR Nights (Thursday - Monday morning)!

  • New and Improved Toilet Facilities

  • Enter a second class for just £50

  • Limited Premier Parking (includes Electric Hook Up) Available, £40.50 for weekend (Thursday 6pm - Sunday 6pm)

Weekend Package Price: Just £120!

Available two days before the show

Schedule of Events

Classes and Restrictions

12 & Under Intro A & B
Day One Warm Up Class:Intro A
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Intro C
Day Two Heat One: Intro B
Day Three Warm Up Class: Intro C
Day Three Heat Two: Intro A
Riders: Groups 8 
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 25 points at Prelim level or any points above.

 

16 & Under Prelim 2 & 7
Day One Warm Up Class: Prelim 2
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13
Day Two Heat One: Prelim 7
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14
Day Three Heat Two: Prelim 2
Riders: Groups 7 or 8
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 50 points at Prelim level or any points above.

 

Intro A & B 
Day One Warm Up Class: Intro A
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Intro C
Day Two Heat One: Intro B
Day Three Warm Up Class: Intro C
Day Three Heat Two: Intro A
Riders: Groups 8 
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 25 points at Prelim level or any points above.

 

Prelim 2 & 7
Day One Warm Up Class: Prelim 2 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Prelim 7 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Prelim 2
Riders: Groups 7 or 8
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 50 points at Prelim level or any points above.

 

Prelim 12 & 18
Day One Warm Up Class: Prelim 12
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Prelim 18 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Prelim 12
Riders: Groups 7 or 8
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 50 points at Prelim level or above.

 

Prelim 15 & 19 
Day One Warm Up Class: Prelim 15 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Prelim 19 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Prelim 15
Riders: Groups 6, 7 or 8 
Horses and Ponies: No Restrictions

 

Novice 24 & 27
Day One Warm Up Class: Novice 24 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Novice 27 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14
Day Three Heat Two: Novice 24
Riders: Groups 7 or 8 
Horses and Ponies: Not to have won more than 25 points at Novice level or any points above.

 

Novice 37A & 38
Day One Warm Up Class: Novice 37A 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Novice 38 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Novice 37A
Riders: No Restrictions 
Horses and Ponies: No Restrictions

 

Elementary 42 & 44
Day One Warm Up Class: Elementary 42 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Elementary 44 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Elementary 42
Riders: No Restrictions
Horses and Ponies: No Restrictions

 

Elementary 40 & 43
Day One Warm Up Class: Elementary 40 
Day One Dressage to Music: Optional
Day Two: Warm Up Class: Prelim 13 
Day Two Heat One: Elementary 43 
Day Three Warm Up Class: Prelim 14 
Day Three Heat Two: Elementary 40
Riders: No Restrictions
Horses and Ponies: No Restrictions

Thursday

First things first, park in a suitable spot, facing your lorry downhill.  Please note that the hard standing area at the bottom of the lorry park is reserved for riders that have booked Premier Parking, which includes electric hook up.  If you would like to book this, please contact the office at least 2 weeks before the event.
Find the Stable Manager’s office, it’s right next to the entrance to the stables.  All stables will be locked and the stable manager will show you to your stable and unlock it for you.  It’s a good chance to ask any other queries that you may have.
Shavings and haylage will be for sale from Thursday evening at the Stable Managers office.  More details about opening times will be sent to you 2 weeks before the event.
You don’t actually have to register with the office as we will assume that you are arriving.  However, if it is your first time here, why not come and say “Hello”.
If you would like to take your horse for some exercise, please use one of the 6 smaller All Weather arenas.  There are roadways around the whole showground so please use these and keep off the grass.  Horses are not allowed next to the pavilion as this is a public area.  If you are in any doubt as to where you are allowed to ride, please come and speak to a member of the team.

Friday

Warm Up 1: This is your chance to get your horse accustomed to the Showground and surroundings.  The class will, of course, be judged and the results will be put outside the office on Friday evening.  The points from this class will not count towards the final placings.
This test will be the first test to appear in your class option, for example Class A) Prelim 2 & 7 will do P2.
Rosettes to 10th Place

Freestyle to Music: A great chance to experience the thrills of Freestyle to Music and being the highlight of the first day, there’s sure to be a crowd watching.  It’s always enjoyable seeing the beginners having their first go at Dressage To Music alongside some of our more experienced riders.  Our judges are very friendly and always aim to give positive feedback for you.  CDs must be handed in by the previous evening.
There is an advice sheet available to download from the Cricklands Website (www.cricklands.com) and of course, if you have any queries, just ask one of the team.
You will need to enter this class before the show starts as we need to allocate times, so Be Brave and Have A Go!
Rosettes 1st - 10th.  Prize Money: £10, £9, £8, £7, £6, £5, £4, £3, £2, £1.

Saturday

Warm Up 2: This is your chance to get your horse more accustomed to the Showground and surroundings.  The class will be judged and the results will be put outside the office on Saturday evening.  The points from this class, however, will not count towards the final placings.
This test will be a Prelim test on a short arena.  It will be the same test for all classes.  Horses MUST be ridden in a snaffle.
Test sheets can be collected from the Show Office once the scores have been calculated.
Rosettes to 10th Place

Heat 1: The Fun Begins!  Competing in your allocated times, this class held on the All-Weather Arena, will be your first chance to earn some points towards the final placings.  Times will be available outside the show office on Friday Afternoon.
This test will be the 2nd test to appear in your class option, for example Class A) Prelim 2 & 7 will do P7.
Rosettes 1st - 10th.  Prize Money: £10, £9, £8, £7, £6, £5, £4, £3, £2, £1.

Sunday

Warm Up 3: The test will be a Prelim test on a short arena.  It will be the same test for all classes and horses must be ridden in a snaffle.  Test sheets can be collected from the Show Office once the scores have been calculated.

Heat Two: This test will be the 1st test to appear in your class option, for example Class A) Prelim 2 & 7 will do P2.
Test sheets can be collected from the Show Office after the Prize Winners Presentation.

Final Presentations: The whole event will conclude with a presentation to the Bronze, Silver and Gold medallists in each of the classes.  The presentation for all competitions will take place in the pavilion,  as soon as possible after the Show Office has received all the score sheets from the afternoon’s tests.    As the scores from Sunday’s tests will not have been given out before these presentations, it is always a nail biting affair and one that is sure to have everyone guessing who the winners will be!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I will be good enough?

These Finals are meant for people like you.  It’s an event aimed at giving grassroots riders a chance to take part in an occasion with all the razzmatazz of an International Show.

It’s not all about the winning anyway.  It’s a chance to take your horse or pony on an adventure and certainly one that he may not be used to.  Most people that come treat the weekend as a holiday.

 

It seems like a long way to travel.

We are only 8 minutes from the Severn Bridge, with main roads leading virtually right up to the entrance.
The show has been designed for people like you to come and stay over.  Why not team up with other people from your livery yard or that live near you and share a lorry?

I've never stayed away at a show before.

Don’t panic!  Last year saw more first-timers than ever before.  The stable is included in the price, as is a space for your tent, caravan, car, jeep or lorry.  The food is great value too so you wont get ripped off once you’re here!

What do we do when we get there?

Your number will be sent to you before the start of the show and should be displayed when competing.  Some riders may prefer to wear bridle numbers, which is acceptable.
Most people arrive on the Thursday night, mainly so that their horse has time to settle in and get the most out of the Warm Up class on Friday.  It’s probably a new experience for him as well!  It’s also a great time to have a walk around the site so that you know your way around for the rest of the weekend.
Your stable and several warming in areas will be open from 4pm on Thursday.  On arrival to the Showground, you will find your stable number in the display cabinet near the archway.  Your stable number is not the same as your running numbers.  If you are planning to arrive later than 10pm, please let the Show Office know beforehand.
Please ensure that you are suitably dressed while competing.

What do we need to bring with us?

You will need to bring all your own mucking out equipment and water buckets.  We sell haylage and shaving on site at competitive prices but you may bring your own if you prefer.  We do not allow straw or paper in the stables.

Customer Testimonials

“I would like to thank you for the wonderful shows, riding facilities and opportunities provided at Cricklands”


“Many thanks, we all had a fab weekend and hope to return in August and each year thereafter, it was well worth the 12 hour round trip from Northumberland!!”


“Just a quick email to say that I had a great time at the show. I found it extremely professional and well run”


“Once again thank you so much to all involved from friendly ground staff to Office & Ring officials for making this event so wonderful”


“Just thought I would let you know what a great time I had over the weekend.”


“Many, many thanks for such an amazing experience for the children and for allowing us to be part of such a wonderful and exciting  weekend.”

"First time here and loved it, rings ran smoothly, quick course changes, and staff and people so friendly."


"This was our first visit to the David Broome Event Centre and after hearing so many good things it lived up to all expectations, fantastic arenas, great food and a good variety all reasonably priced. There was night life on both nights, music all day long not just at the arenas around the stables as well; all made for a fantastic atmosphere with lovely friendly stress free people. We came home feeling like we had been on holiday."


"We had an excellent weekend at Junior Champs! I really enjoyed the commentary in the main Arena. I also found the girls in the office extremely helpful and patient answering all my silly questions etc. Super friendly and well organised event hope to return again soon"


"Absolutely adore this place! There are excellent facilities, fantastic surfaces; it’s so homely and dog friendly. The staff couldn't be more helpful, it’s so well run."


"As usual, another fabulous show, the team here bend over backwards to accommodate everyone's needs and are all super friendly and helpful."


"Thanks again for everything!!"


"Fantastic venue. Competed at both dressage winter league finals and championships of GB stay away shows and absolutely loved it. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you!"


"Had a fantastic weekend with my daughter showing her mare. The staff are great, very friendly and helpful as were the judges. We had a brilliant time! Can't wait until next year! Thank you all so much!"


"I came 12 years ago as a teenager competing; this was my first time back for the seniors. Nothing has changed, still very professional and well ran. Well done all of you, you are doing fab! From the team down Newcastle upon Tyne"


"Our first stay away show and I was worried about the 4 hour drive, would it be worth it? YES it was! A lovely experience and the guy commentating on my daughters first ever Derby was so full of encouragement it made my weekend! A lovely place with lovely people."