The FEI World Dressage Challenge is an International Development Competition supported and organised globally by the FEI and participating national federations.
The aim of the FEI World Challenge series is to offer athletes who, under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international competitions due to various factors (travel cost and distances for example), the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country. These “hybrid” competitions are meant as a bridge between the National and first International level of competition and are meant to help NFs develop the various disciplines in their country. FEI World Challenges exist in Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Vaulting, Driving and Para Dressage.
It offers five performance levels and two age groups (12-16 yrs; 16 yrs and older):
• Intermediate I
• Prix St. Georges
• Senior II
• Senior I
The FEI Dressage World Challenge offers a World Individual and Regional classification per Level.
The FEI Dressage World Challenge offers a World Team classification. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 Team Athletes can be nominated. The Team members’ ultimate results, expressed in percentages, will be added. The results achieved by the three best Team athletes will count for the Team Classification. Scores obtained at higher technical levels will have a higher coefficient, this may impact the overall results and Team members’ selection process.
Development of the Sport
The FEI Dressage World Challenge also serves as an educational purpose by linking the competition with the coaching. The Dressage tests are in correlation with the Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the FEI Coach Education System, which is implemented in the same NFs that participate to the FEI Dressage World Challenge.
National Federations that have applied through the FEI Solidarity for an ESEE (Equestrian Sport Educative Event) in Dressage have the possibility to link the competition to the education of their National officials, which is another important tool aimed towards the development of the discipline.
The FEI World Dressage Challenge is held between the 1 January and the 31 December.
Quality Presentations Youth Competition
Children Team 2022
Sweney Productions Senior I
Children Individual 2022
Treadlite Senior II
Juniors Team 2022
FMG Insurance PSG
Prix St. Georges 2022
Livamol Int I
Intermediate I 2022
FROM FEI Article 1035
Presentation of Horses (edited applicable to this competition)
PR – Person Responsible – usually the athlete
VD – Veterinary Delegate – Official FEI Vet appointed for the event
GJ – Ground Jury (Judges)
President GJ – Connie Bookless (FEI Foreign Judge)
1. Horses are presented for Horse Inspections by the Athlete or groom (the
“Handler”) who must be suitably dressed for handling Horses.
2. For all Dressage competitions , the PR must present their own Horse(s) at the Horse inspection, unless the PR has been excused from this requirement in advance by the President of the GJ.
3. Chefs d’Equipe (2023 Event is Christine Lovelady) when present, must accompany their team Horses
4. Horses’ competition number must be clearly displayed.
5. All Horses must be presented for the Horse Inspection in a controlled and safe manner. This requires a bridle.
7. n/a to Dressage
6. Handlers may carry a whip of up to 120cm only, if necessary.
8. No Horse may be presented with its identity concealed in any manner by application of paint or dye for example. This includes paint or dye on the hooves. Hoof preparations that do not conceal any markings on the hooves are permitted
9. Horses are not permitted to wear bandages or blankets/rugs or equivalent.
FEI Article 1036
Horse Inspection Procedure
1. Any conflict of interest must be declared to the President and members of the GJ
2. The VD or a designated assistant will identify the Horse from its FEI or ESNZ ID Book. other approved passports eg NZWBA or ESNZ ID Papers and microchip where applicable.
3. Handlers must stand the Horse in front of the Inspection Panel facing the end of the
inspection track. The VD must walk around the Horse and make a brief visual
inspection. Any other examinations (e.g. palpation or limb flexion) may not be
Handlers must lead the Horse from the Horse’s left hand side on a loose rein whilst the VD watches the Horse’s gait from the centre of the inspection track. Handlers must:
a) walk the Horse for a short distance;
b) trot the Horse to the end of the track;
c) walk the Horse and turn in a clockwise direction at the end of the inspection track;
d) trot the Horse back to the starting point.
4. The Inspection Panel will assess the Horses’ fitness to compete, and decide whether
b) not accepted (if Horses are unfit to compete); or
referred to the Holding Box (Horse’s fitness to compete is questionable).
Horses that are not accepted at the Horse Inspection, or withdrawn following a Holding Box examination are not permitted to compete in national classes at the same Event site.
5. Note: The specific requirements and level of fitness required to pass Horse Inspections may vary between and within Disciplines.
6. The Inspection Panel’s decision must be based on the opinion of the VD and the
Inspection Panel has the authority to not accept a Horse. In the event of a split decision, the President of the GJ has the casting vote.
7. The GJ must explain the reason for not accepting Horses to the PRs.
8. The Inspection Panel may decide not to accept Horses that cannot be presented within the time period of the Horse Inspection.
9. No Appeal may be lodged against any decision made by the Inspection Panel.
NZL Selection Criteria 2023
The Dressage NZ National Selectors will select up to forty individual combinations and a team of three or four combinations to participate in the FEI World Dressage Challenge (WDC) 2023. Selections will be based on nominations received and in addition the selectors reserve the right to invite combinations at their discretion.
Objective for WDC Selection
The goal of the Selectors is to:
To be eligible to be considered for selection, riders must meet the following eligibility requirements:
The Selectors may take into account the following factors:
The DNZ National Selectors will make their selections by:
The Fetterman Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Prix St Georges by Andrea Raves & Helen Hughes-Keen as a tribute to the wonderful thoroughbred Fetterman who was so successful in the early 90’s in when competed by Andrea up to Grand Prix level in NZL and Australia. What a thrill it was in 2022 that Dance Hit SW, part owned by Andrea and produced by Susan Tomlin, were the winners of the Fetterman Trophy.
2022- Susan Tomlin & Dance Hit SW
Diane Wallace and KP Dexter, 2020
CONNIE MURRAY – AUSTRALIA – FEI L2/3*
Connie is an FEI L2/3* and FEI Young Horse dressage judge with over 30 years of judging experience. She has competed at Grand Prix level, is a National Judge Educator/Mentor, National Steward, as well as judging Young Horse, Para Equestrian, and Carriage Driving Dressage at a National Level. She is a former Dressage Selector for Australia, currently sits on the Dressage Queensland Officials Sub-Committee, and was a member of the National Technical Officials Team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in her role as scribe co-ordinator. Connie is passionate about the sport of Dressage with a special interest in education and technology – emerging from her previous professional life as a biomedical scientist. Connie lives on the Gold Coast where she adores cooking and gardening.
Stuart is a key figure South Canterbury North Otago Dressage. He has been a member for many years always keeping his local group on track with his down to earth matter of fact way of doing things coupled with a great sense of humor
As a Level A judge he is a well-respected amongst colleagues riders alike, and he is also well liked for that dry sense of humour – this trait manifesting itself in his very colorful and comical collection of socks which are often the topic of dinner chat and mirth at events..….
Originally mentored by the late Graeme McCrostie, Stuart worked has hard to become to become a top-level judge in both Eventing and Dressage. He has since traveled all around the world judging at international Horse Trials. He has spent a lot of his own time and upskilled himself at his own expense to keep us current with what is going on in the national and world scene.
He is passionate about the consistency of judging and the assessment of riders performance in New Zealand. As Area Judges Officer for South Canterbury North Otago he supports and promotes the education and development of our judges by submitting proposals for funding applications to bring mentors and senior judges to our area, as well as seeking opportunities for them to attend shows in other areas. He arranges travel for visiting judges and is instrumental in the scheduling of classes and judges at our shows to ensure the events run smoothly. He is also the area delegate in a shared role capacity for SCNO.
Spectators are welcome
There is plenty of free parking and there is no admission fee
There will be a coffee cart on site
Competition begins at 8am and will finish at approx 3.30pm with the fabulous prize giving celebrations
Quality Presentations WDC Youth12-16yrs (9)
292105 Donnerock EH Mikayla Wildermoth
290033 Totally Confidential Katie Fitzsimons
285679 Arapito Kowhai Alice Murfitt
251801 Madison Grey Georgia Lewis
251764 Bingham Eve Andrews
245618 Almost Legal Scarlett Rodd
247262 Greenmoor Euphoria Paige Fitzgerald
243984 Kingslea Busy Bee Alice Murfitt
Sweney Productions Senior I WDC (12)
292313 TE Florentina Luci Shanks
293975 Cavera Lauren Haig
293820 Liebestraum II Jenny Scotter
292143 London Hit VP Bailey McIntosh
291016 SWE Baloo Janelle Sangster-Ward
288387 Lakeview Sidestep Harriet Redmond
287432 Rosensee Grafin Seija Parkkali-Glew
285934 Fernlea Don Reveille Lynette Wood
286127 SWE Shutterfly Shannon Brien
228770 Oakridge Nicola Parker-Webb
249706 SWE Sandera Jane Jackson
284600 Peridot Sharon Rowlands
Treadlite Senior II WDC (8)
292049 Epiton MD Kirsty Schist
288398 Falcon O Candice Nichol
288206 Don Darciano RS Rebecca Lawrence
286902 Gusto Heathers Papaver Angela Valentine
289582 TS Lexica Kerry Sutherland
283797 Southwell Razzmatazz Sandy Houston
246465 La Peregrina Sandy Fryatt
246052 Hot Gossip Holly Hanson
248152 Te Puke Rebecca Thomas
FMG Prix St Georges (7)
282841 Rusalka Sandy Fryatt
289907 Leominster Lynley Stockdale
288121 Fandango Julie Fraser
242982 Donneregal Philippa McLeod
239479 RM Limbo Caroline Houghton
249700 Whispers Matapiro Emma Rowe-Pledger
Livamol Intermediate I (4)
282817 San Tiero Ashleigh Wells
251599 Jazzaway Vanessa Baxter
244923 Mardi Gras Jenny Scotter
230352 Ruanuku R Gemma Lewis