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National Dressage Series

There is a national series for every rider to participate in including open and restricted categories including Pony & Young Riders, Amateurs, and Masters.

 Super 5 Dressage League

 The 2018-19 Super 5 League comprises a points series in each island at all graded Levels 1-9 (top 5 points only to count) plus an island final at both the South Island Festival of Dressage and the Bates National Championships. National Super 5 rankings will be determined from % in each level at both these events.
Tests used for Super 5 League at Premier League Events: Levels 1 to 5 – C Tests, Level 6 – FEI PSG v 2018, Level 7 – FEI Intermediate I v 2018, Level 8 FEI Intermediate B v 2018, Level 9 Regional Events – FEI Intermediate II, Grand Prix or Grand Prix Special 2018. 
Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ.

Zilco Musical Freestyle Series

The crowd pleasing Zilco Musical Freestyle Series will be a feature again this season. The series has an exciting new update for 2018/19 with Levels 6 & 7 being contested separately for the first time at Back on Track Premier League events and Horse of the Year Show. The FEI Young Rider Freestyle will be used for Level 6 and the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle will be used for Level 7. Riders will not notice any real differences in the requirements and permitted movements in each level and should refer to the FEI guidelines for judging to assist them.

FEI Young Rider Freestyle

FEI Intermediate I Freestyle  

The competition comprises two Island Series contested at Premier League Events (Top 5 scores to count). The North Island Series completes at the Horse of the Year Show and the South Island Series completes at the South Island Festival of Dressage. The series includes Levels 2 to 9. Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ

National Amateur Championships @ the Bates Nationals

Amateur Championship at levels 1 to 5 will be run alongside the Bates Open Championships at the Bates National Dressage Championships as separate classes. Eligibility is based around rider categories. Qualification for the Championships will be at Regional Events with the same qualification for both championships. The term “Amateur” is connected to rider category status and bears no reference to the term amateur vs professional in terms of earning income in the sport. Amateur Championships Sponsors for 2019 are Dunstan HorseFeeds, JLT Insurance, Livamol and Back on Track

Elite Equine Young Dressage Horse Championships

The purpose of the competitions are to select the best young horse which is progressing on the correct way of training, with the potential to capably perform at International Dressage level. The Elite Equine National Young Horse Dressage Championship & Age Group Championships will be held at the Bates National Championships 15 –17 Feb 2019 at Manfeild Park. Elite Equine are also naming rights sponsors of the Young Horse Festival at Taupo NEC 11/12 April 2019 

Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize

The Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize will be awarded to the best performed
combination competing in the Super 5 League at Premier League Events from
September 2018 – February 2019 and meeting the following eligibility conditions.
4 -10 year old horses competing at Levels 1 – 7 with riders who have no grading points in
Level 8 or above on any horse. The prize is a fabulous Prestige Saddle. (Riders may only win the saddle prize once)
Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ

AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance League

AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance League aims to increase participation at a Pony & Young Rider level and to establish a culture where these riders compete against their peers of a similar age and experience.  Scores will be taken from Super 5 tests at every level.  The league will culminate at the U25 NZ Pony & Championships in April 2019. Competitors must be 20 years or under at 1 August 2018 to participate. AMS League winner to receive a fabulous dressage saddle prize generously sponsored by AMS Saddlery (Auckland). Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ

Flying Horse Masters Top Ten League

 This competition is designed to promote dressage competition and participation for Masters Riders. The Flying Horse series provides an opportunity for riders to compete against peers at five different levels at all levels of events and competition regardless whether riders compete locally, regionally or nationally. The competition will be open to riders 50 years & over as at 1 January 2018 and is run in five main divisions plus special awards from 1st August 2018 until 30th April 2019. View full conditions and enter on
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Equissage Amateur Top Ten League 

The Amateur Top Ten League is held from 1 August 2018 until 30th April 2019. The competition is open to Category CN – C5 riders aged 21yrs and over as at 1 August 2018 (C5 riders have less than 15 Level 6 or above points) Riders must be annual competitive members of the ESNZ. All participating horses must be ESNZ registered and have an annual start  for Dressage. View full conditions and enter on
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Equizee Pony & Young Rider Amateur Top Ten League

  1. Pony & Young Riders who have earned less than 15pts points at level 5 or above, and are competing on horses or ponies up to Level 4 at 1/8/18 can compete in the Equizee League. All participating riders, ponies & horses must be fully ESNZ registered and horses and ponies must have an annual start for dressage. Scores from 1/8/18 until 30/4/19 will count towards the Equizee League. Level 1 horses & ponies must be competed by riders with less than 15 Level 3 or above points at 1/8/18. Level 2 by riders with less than 15 Level 4 or above points and Level 3 & 4 and above by riders with less than 15 points at level 5 and above as at 1/8/18.
    The top 10 scores in graded competitions will count. In the event of a tie, the ave Top 10 score will win. There will be rosettes for the top placed horse and top placed pony in each area, plus national champions and reserves in all six divisions. View full conditions and enter on
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The Small Stars Top 10 League has been created to promote dressage competitions and breeding of smaller horses acknowledging their trainability ansd suitability for all riders.
For horses over 148 cm and not exceeding 163 cm. (Verified by RAS height certificate)
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Thoroughbreds in Equestrian Sport (TiES) proudly brought to you by the NZ Thoroughbred Racing. Find out how to be eligible to compete in the TiES National Competition 2018/2019 and what competitions and classes allow you to gain TiES points.

Series Results 2017-2018

Super 5 League  
North Island Final     South Island Final       National Super 5 League Champions
Zilco Musical Freestyle Series
  North Island Final       South Island Final
AMS Saddlery Pony & YR Performance League
  By Level Final      Overall Final          Level Winners   
HorseSports YR Top 10 League 2018
AllinFlex Amateur Top 10 League  
Flying Horse Masters Top 10 League          
Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize Final