Lexington, Ky. – The United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) prestigious US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan kick off tomorrow at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. From November 8-11, top dressage competitors from across the country will compete on a national stage, in an event that showcases adult amateurs and open division competitors from training level through Grand Prix.
More than 380 entries will represent the USDF regions from a record breaking 42 states at the sixth annual event. Vying for national titles, competitors will head down centerline competing for $100,000 in prize money across 30 different divisions.
“It’s a show like no other, and I kept telling everyone back home about what an incredible experience it was,” said returning competitor Ana DiGironimo (Turnersville, N.J.). “At the Finals, everyone is so happy to be there and grateful just to have qualified. There is such a supportive atmosphere with a special camaraderie among competitors, and to feel that while also being among the top horses and riders in America is like no other show experience.” DiGironimo seeks to repeat their ribbon-winning performance in 2017 as she competes her nine-year-old Arabian mare Anna Miriah C in the Third Level Open Freestyle Championship.
Additionally, riders can cheer on their fellow regional members as they compete for the Fourth Annual Regions Cup Team Competition. With a regional team of three athlete/horse combinations representing each USDF region, competitors can show their regional pride and compete for bragging rights as the top-scoring eligible open and adult amateur athlete/horse combination from Training/First Level and FEI-level Regional Championship classes. The winning team is determined by averaging the highest final scores achieved by each athlete/horse combination in their respective US Dressage Finals class.
USEF Network will stream live coverage of the 2018 US Dressage Finals presented by Adquan® beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 8.
Learn more about dressage by visiting the Learning Center video library where you will find tips on straightness exercises with Adrienne Lyle, visualizing your dressage test with Allison Brock, riding proper corners with Debbie McDonald, and much more.
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