Big news from the USDF Board of Governors assembly: After rejecting several proposed amendments, the BOG delegates voted to green-light a US national dressage championships, beginning in 2013.
With invitations to be extended to qualified adult amateurs and open competitors, the inaugural championships (exact name TBD) are set to take place in the fall of 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The KHP was the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It also hosts the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and was the site of last year's FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.
Except for the Collecting Gaits Farm/US Equestrian Federation Festival of Dressage Champions, which features national championships at FEI levels, there have been no national championships in our sport since the short-lived Insilco championships in the early 1980s.
According to USDF secretary Janine Malone, the USDF has been trying for 18 years to get a US national championships off the ground.
After all those years of effort and roadblocks, this is an exciting day indeed for American dressage.