With a strong track record of hosting international dressage, Bolesworth is excited to be announcing the launch of the brand new Bolesworth CDI3* International Dressage event to take place 24 - 26 June 2022.
After what will be a three-year break from dressage, which traditionally has run alongside the international showjumping, the venue will be dedicated to the sport with three arenas running across three days of competition at both national and international level.
The new Dressage International will play host to a wide variety of classes from grassroots British Dressage classes, starting at prelim level, right through to CDI3* grand prix level. Also, for the very first time, para dressage will be included in the schedule. In addition to this the best retrained racehorse in each of the national sections will be awarded a special prize donated by ROR.
Young horses will also be a feature of the event, with Bolesworth providing a platform for NEXGEN qualifiers. NEXGEN has been developed by Victoria Wright and her team to discover and nurture potential future champions. There will be classes at Bolesworth for 4, 5, 6 & 7YO Horses with the chance to qualify for the finals at Hickstead taking place from 22 – 24 September.
During this year’s event, riders and spectators will be treated to a demonstration by the 4-time Olympian Richard Davison and his high-profile student Sarah Higgins.
Bolesworth Managing Director, Nina Barbour said: “We were so disappointed not to have been able to run Dressage here last year due to issues with the calendar, but are delighted to be welcoming the dressage world back to Bolesworth for what promises to be a huge celebration of the sport at every level, and a chance for riders of every level to immerse themselves in the full Bolesworth experience.”
Spectators can expect a line up of world class horses and riders, and enjoy watching the sport at its very best against the stunning backdrop of Bolesworth Castle. There will be a shopping village full of the finest equestrian brands, together with a range of food and drink outlets with plenty of ringside undercover seating.
“There really is no other place like Bolesworth,” said Richard Davison. “It is perfect for both developing our young horses and giving our more experienced horses valuable match practice in a big arena atmosphere before heading to major championships”.
CEO of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam said “After the disruption caused by the pandemic over the last two years we are delighted to see dressage return to Bolesworth, with international competition running alongside national classes for the first time. There are some fantastic opportunities for riders across the whole of the spectrum, including our Under 21s and Para athletes, so I am sure this will be warmly welcomed and well supported by British Dressage members. Bolesworth is a special venue, providing top class facilities and a true international atmosphere, which creates a unique experience for competitors and spectators alike. We are really looking forward to seeing three days of spectacular dressage action in the heart of Cheshire this June.”
The main International Arena-side VIP Hospitality Marquee will be available for guests to purchase packages throughout the weekend, with a huge line up of evening entertainment, and the chance to rub shoulders with the top riders, together with some very special new features to be announced later this spring. We will also be offering the opportunity for spectators to camp onsite and enjoy all three days of sport.
On Thursday 31 March 2022 the summary schedule of sport will be announced, together with general admission, members, and hospitality tickets going on sale.
Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle in the CDI 3* Grand Prix at The Bolesworth International Horse Show 2019.