Your chance to star in ‘dressage for all’ BD convention

  • British Dressage (BD) is giving dressage riders who compete on horses other than warmbloods the chance to ride at this year’s national convention in November (19-20).

    The organisation is seeking those who compete on a traditional gypsy cob, thoroughbred, Spanish horse or native pony to star at this year’s event.

    Successful candidates will be performing in front of the Hartpury crowd in training sessions led by FEI5* judge Stephen Clarke.

    To be considered for selection riders must be at least 16 years old and be regularly achieving 68% at novice or above on the nominated horse.

    Some experience riding at high profile shows where there is an audience is preferred.

    Applicants need to send the application form to their regional development officer (RDO) by 30 September.

    Entries should include a brief recommendation from a listed judge, accredited coach, member of a regional committee or RDO.

    A video of no more than four minutes should be included with entries showing examples of all three paces.

    The closing date for applications is 30 September; successful candidates will be notified by 21 October.

    The theme for this year’s two-day training convention is “dressage for all”.

    Over the weekend at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire top riders, judges and trainers will show how to get the best out of any combination.

    On Saturday Stephen Clarke first lesson is titled “Beyond the Basics – introducing lateral work”. On Sunday his “not just about the warmbloods” session is about training and judging a variety of horses.

    International coaches Ferdi Eilberg, David Hunt, Paul Hayler and Darryl Thickitt will be giving advice on dressage building blocks, and training for FEI young riders, young grand prix riders and children.

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    The confirmed speakers are top drawer and we’re honoured to be able to be able to assemble such a knowledgeable cast to share their expertise,” said BD training director Paul Hayler.

    At lunchtimes four topics will be discussed at a new speakers’ corner with riders having the chance to question the experts.

    A two-day ticket costs £80 for BD members, and £90 for non-members; daily tickets are £50 and £55.

    More details visit www.britishdressage.co.uk

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