DESPITE challenging conditions at the finals of the last year’s British Dressage Combined Training Series that saw sponsors, organisers and riders alike dodging regular snow storms, Ideal and WRS Saddle Company is back on board as sponsor of this hugely popular series for the 2018/19 winter season. And to further enhance the prestige of the series, Hayley Watson-Greaves – British national dressage champion and brand ambassador for Ideal and WRS – has been announced as the series’ Championship Ambassador.
James Hitchen – Business Development Manager at Ideal and WRS – comments: “We were so impressed by every aspect of last year’s Combined Training Series and are delighted to commit our support once again. It’s a superbly run series, every qualifier last year was well attended and qualification places were well earned. We were all unlucky with the weather at the finals, but that didn’t dampen spirits, with competitors keeping smiling and riding superbly. It was a well-fought battle for our championship rosettes and we’re looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in this year’s final!”
Hayley Watson-Greaves successfully competed in eventing, show jumping and working hunter before settling for a career in dressage.
“I love the combination of dressage and jumping and of horses showing their versatility across both disciplines. I think the series is great for the sport of dressage, as it will help to widen its appeal to the jumping crowd. I train a lot of event riders during the winter and highly recommend combined training competitions as a great way for them to monitor their training progress over the winter months,” she said.
Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said: “I’m very pleased that Ideal and WRS Saddle Company are back for another thrilling Combined Training series and would like to thank them for their tremendous support of this championship. Everyone at BD is proud of this very diverse event, which is proving to be a real success in providing grassroots riders with another opportunity to experience a dressage championship. I’d like to welcome our new championship ambassador Hayley, who will no doubt provide inspiration for many of our competitors. We’re looking forward to watching the action unfold and crowning more champions, with the generous backing of the team at Ideal and WRS.” The series commences in October, with qualifiers running through to March 2019. To view a full list of qualifier dates, as well as more information on how to qualify for the championship final, please click here or see www.BritishDressage.com.