Articles: Press Release
Dressage at Devon Announces North American Breeders Futurity
With Prize Money in Excess of $20,000
Sally Silverman (215) 576-7760; Fax (215) 576-1865
Classes will take place at the 29th annual Dressage at Devon, September
23 - 29
Devon, PA-April 30, 2003-Dressage at Devon 2003 will be the venue for
the first ever North American Breeders Futurity Championship Finals for
Five and Six Year Old Horses. The new classes are the result of a
collaboration between the Dressage at Devon committee, the ISR Oldenburg
Registry and the Federation of North American Sport Horse Registries
(FNASHR). A warm-up class will be held on Thursday, September 25,
offering a fitting bridge between the Breed Division of the show, which
ends on Thursday, and the Performance Division of the show, which begins
on Friday. The championship finals will be held midday on Friday,
The classes were developed to put more emphasis on the training of young
horses in North America, where many feel young horses are not supported.
"The horses bred in North America are now up to the quality of those in
Europe," says Ekkehard L. Brysch, President of the ISR Oldenburg
Registry North America and one of the instigators of this program. "This
raises the question of why these young horses are not as successful as
they are in Europe. Why are we not making horses here instead of
importing them from Europe?"
In the late 1990s a series of measures were developed to help encourage
training and competing of young horses to help breeders sell their
progeny. While there are more classes for young horses now than in the
recent past, they are often not as well attended as they could be. The
ISR Oldenburg N.A. and the FNASHR are making efforts to make these
classes more attractive for trainers, riders and owners to compete in.
One of the incentives being used is money.
The North American Breeders Futurity Championship Finals for Five and
Six Year Old Horses will be open only to those horses bred in North
America, and will include prize money in excess of $20,000, an
unprecedented amount in dressage competition. The purse will be divided,
with the top four horses in each class receiving a percentage of $5000
in prize money. In addition, there will be an additional $5000 purse for
the top four horses in each class who fulfill the futurity criteria.
This prize money will be divided between those who nominated the winning
horses for the NABF and the breeders of these horses.
Horses will qualify for the championship finals based on two or more
scores from qualification classes held between January 1 and August 31,
2003. The average of the two highest scores will be used to determine
the eight horses competing in each class. Thursday's warm-up classes
will also provide an opportunity for up to four horses that have not
qualified to compete in the championship finals. These contenders, up to
two in each class, will need to achieve a score equal to or higher than
the average that was sufficient for regular qualification in Friday's
The class is being funded this year by the ISR-Oldenburg N.A. and a
supportive group of its members on the occasion of our 20th anniversary
says Brysch. "We really wanted to get this started this year, and are
willing to fund the classes this year as a gift to the North American
breeding world." He expressed confidence that in the future the program
would be carried by the Federation of North American Sport Horse
Registries and its member organizations.
More information about the North American Breeders Futurity Championship
Finals for Five and Six Year Old Horses and the nomination requirements
can be found at www.isroldenburg.org/NABF.htm.
Dressage at Devon is the highest rated international dressage
competition and most complete breed show outside of Europe. Olympic
medallist Robert Dover calls Dressage at Devon "the standard by which
all American horse shows should be judged." Dressage at Devon takes
place at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, Route 30, in Devon, Pennsylvania.
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