About the Project

Terhi Stegars - Axis TSF, WEG2014, photo Sonja Holma
Eevamaria Porthan-Broddell - Solos Lacan, WEG2014, photo Sonja Holma

TOP DRESSAGE FINLAND AS A SUPPORTER OF HIGH PERFORMANCE DRESSAGE

The Top Dressage Finland concept has been created to support and develop dressage in Finland as a high performance sport.

Top Dressage Finland is part of the Equestrian Federation of Finland’s operations for coordinating high performance dressage in Finland. Top Dressage Finland is for all senior high performance dressage athletes who are interested in committing to its activities.

Top Dressage Finland’s objective is the continuous improvement of results at international competitions.

The operations and evaluation periods of Top Dressage Finland correspond to Olympiads so that each period ends after Summer Olympics.

Objectives of operations:

  • The successful annual participation of the national team at international championships (Nordic Championships, European Championships, WEGs, Olympics).
  • Creating and developing a framework of operations to be used for for pony, junior, young rider and U25 national teams in order to build a pipeline towards the senior national team programme.
  • Developing and improving the perception of dressage as a sport.

The Top Dressage Finland athletes are divided into five groups:

1. NATIONAL TEAM GROUP

Required qualifications: valid and current championship-qualifying socres (the combination has a result of at least 64% attributed by the Ground Jury and by any two different FEI 5* Dressage Judges in a Grand Prix at two different CDI3*/4*/5*/CDI-W or CDIO events). The combination is available and fit to ride as part of the national team.

2. CHALLENGER GROUP 2

Required qualifications: at least two 65% scores for Grand Prix at a national competition during the current or preceding competition season. The combination is available and fit to ride as part of the national team. The combination is aiming for, and has the potential to gain, the required qualifications to join the National Team Group.

3. CHALLENGER GROUP B

Required qualifications: at least a 60% score for Intermediate II or Grand Prix at a national competition for the current or preceding competition season.The combination is available and fit to ride as part of the national team. The combination is aiming for, and has the potential to gain, the required qualifications to join the National Team Group.

4. DEVELOPMENT GROUP

The rider either has a promising at least a 7 year old horse or has competed Prix St. Georges during the current or preceding competition season. The objective for riders in the Development Group is to train their horses from PSG level to Grand Prix. The combination is aiming for, and has the potential to gain, the required qualifications to join either the National Team Group or the Challenger Group A.

5. YOUNG HORSE DEVELOPMENT GROUP

The rider has a promising 5-7 year old horse with potential up to Grand Prix level. The combination is aiming for, and has the potential to gain, the required qualifications to join first the Development Group and later either the National Team Group or the Challenger Group A.