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2015 SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals
There was great excitement as competitors and their family from all corners of the UK arrived to take part in the 2015 SEIB Trailblazers Championships. These Championships encompass Dressage, Showing, Show Jumping and Combined Training and are recognised as a highlight in the unaffiliated competitor’s calendar of equestrian sport.
For the first time, there was the ‘Master Class in the Park’ each Friday evening and for Dressage this was delivered by Adam Kemp who gave the spectators something to think about as he coached some of his own students giving an insight into his training methods. Geoff Billington, delivered the master class for Show Jumping with his own unique blend of humour, wit and talent, even though there was some drizzling rain the spectators stayed until the end of the master class to see him jumping fences with poles at the very top of the wings.
Setting the scene for the majestic arena was the entrance through a set of tall pillars bedecked with flowers; the arena itself had flags flying high to create a championship experience like any other. This was to set the scene for the many personal achievements over the championships and there were some fantastic smiles in the prize presentations. The journey to reach the Trailblazers Championship Finals starts with a qualification in a first round and then onto gain qualification in a second round at which point they win their place at the Championships. A great comment by one of the competitors from the Championships was "we have already won, we are here at the Championships"; this is so true as it is the taking part in a great sporting event that is an achievement itself.
Thank you to all the Trailblazer competitors, supporters, sponsors, judges, commentators and the team behind the scenes for making a superb Championships and we wish all of our Trailblazer members the best of luck for the rest of the year and look forward to seeing you again in 2016.
2016 First Round Trailblazers Qualifiers
First round qualifiers have now begun for the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals, to find out the date of your local first round please click here.
New to Trailblazers and want to know how you can qualify for the 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals?
Competitors need to compete in a first round qualifier at a Trailblazers venue, if you receive a qualifying score (Show Jumping – double clear, Dressage – 58% or more, Showing – placed in the top 4, Combined Training – placed in the top 5) you will be given a congratulations letter informing you that you have qualified.
If you choose to take up the qualification, you should fill in and return the letter along with £12 and two stamped address envelopes, to the venue’s address stated on the letter. One envelope will be used to return your qualification card and the other will be used by the venue to forward details of their second round. Second round dates can be found by clicking here, which run from March – May prior to the Championship Finals.
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