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what is trailblazers?

What is Trailblazers?

Trailblazers provides unaffiliated competitors an opportunity to qualify and compete at the Trailblazers Championship Finals. With no joining fee competitors can compete in any or all of the following disciplines held at approximately 60 venues across the UK:

• Combined Training • Dressage
• Showing and Working Hunter • Show Jumping

Trailblazers competitions in all disciplines can be treated as simply unaffiliated classes – just pay the entry fee in order to compete.

Trailblazers offers competitors the opportunity to

• Compete at the level they wish in the discipline of their choice
• To progress from first round qualifiers to second round qualifiers
• The chance to compete at a National Championship Final

With no membership fee its open to everyone!

How to become a Trailblazers Member and who does the Membership apply to

• To become a Trailblazers member, please visit the membership registration page
• Trailblazers membership applies to the rider and is not specific to the horse/pony they ride
• Lost your membership number, please visit the membership registration page, where you can get a membership reminder

How to Enter Trailblazers Qualifiers or find your Local Venue

Enter directly with your local venue based on their entry rules, for your local venue please visit the venues page.

How to Qualify for the Trailblazers Championship Finals

Combined Training, Dressage and Show Jumping

1. Enter a Trailblazers first round qualifier at one of the many Trailblazers approved venues

2. At the first round competition if a qualifying score is achieved by the competitor they are awarded a qualification letter. First round qualifying scores are as follows:

• Combined Training – placed in the top 5
• Dressage - gain 58% or more
• Show Jumping – gain a double clear

3. Once the competitor has their qualification letter competitors can if they wish purchase a second round qualification card for £12 (payment details and how to obtain your qualification card in the qualification letter).

4. Once the second round qualification card has been received the competitor may enter as many second round competitions at as many venues as they wish upon payment of the entry fee to try and gain qualification for the Trailblazers Championship Finals, make sure you take your qualification card with you for proof of qualification for the second round. For second round qualification requirements please see the specific discipline pages.

Trailblazers second rounds are held between March – May by all venues in the disciplines that they have held throughout the year.

Showing

1. Enter a Trailblazers qualifier at one of the many Trailblazers approved venues

2. At the qualifier if placed in the top 4 you have qualified for the Trailblazers Championship Finals and should receive a qualification letter.

3. Once the competitor has their qualification letter competitors can if they wish purchase a qualification card for £12 (payment details and how to obtain your qualification card in the qualification letter).

4. Once the qualification card has been received the competitor must send this off to the Trailblazers central office (address on the qualification card), they will then automatically be sent a Trailblazers Championship Finals schedule at the beginning of June and may enter any showing or working hunter class at the finals providing they are eligible.

Who does the qualification apply to?

The qualification is for the partnership of the competitor and the horse/pony. If the partnership ceases the qualification will too.

What does the qualification apply for?

Combined Training, Dressage and Show Jumping

The qualification card applies for the discipline and level you have qualified e.g. Dressage Preliminary or Show Jumping 75cm. If you qualify in different disciplines or different levels you will need a card per discipline or level.

Showing

The qualification card enables you to enter any showing or working hunter class at the Trailblazers Championship Finals providing you are eligible to compete in that class.

Previously competed affiliated and want to know whether you are eligible to compete at Trailblazers?

Please see the specific discipline for rules regarding those who have previously competed affiliated.

Show me the rules for: Show Jumping - Dressage - Combined Training - Showing/Working Hunter

Trailblazers Discipline Information

Please visit the Competitions & Rules page for information on the levels and classes Trailblazers run.

Through the Eye of the Competitor

“The whole thing was very well-organised, and everyone was very kind.” - Emma Parton

“I love Trailblazers, and have been competing at the final for over ten years, so it was such a good feeling to have finally won the title after all this time.” – Emma Oakden

“I really enjoy competing at Trailblazers and hopefully will compete again next year in the Senior on Ponies.” - Jordan Tirre-Berrow

“I absolutely loved it. Other people on my yard have competed there and said it was really good. It was such a well-run friendly show. I made some new friends which is always good who I hope to see out at more shows.” - Adele Forster

“Bea enjoys Working Hunter Pony classes so Trailblazers offered that at a prestigious venue and it’s a prestigious event” - Justine Neale

“Everyone was approachable and helpful, making you feel so welcome. While competing the judges and stewards were very supportive and encouraging to all competitors alike. They made the show successful, and have definitely encouraged me to go back to the Championships next year.” - Camilla Stowell-Davies

“It was very enjoyable to be able to combine competing in two disciplines at such a prestigious competition. We are hoping to be able to compete at next year's championships and to be able to build on the valuable experience that we gained this year. The organisers put great effort into ensuring that the event ran smoothly and the judging was of the highest standard.” – Colin Cousins

“I couldn't believe I was off to the championships, I'd never been to the Trailblazers Championships before, and what an amazing atmosphere it was! I was just so pleased to get to Trailblazers; I just came to have fun and enjoy the weekend away with my horse.” – Harriet Trow