For further information on competing, or to request a free booklet to help get you started, contact Friederike Tel: 02476 698837.
To start competing, you will first need to be classified by a specialist physiotherapist, to decide which class you can compete in. There are five grades, from 1a, the most impaired, to IV, the least impaired – this means you can compete on equal terms against other disabled riders, or you can take part in able-bodied classes if you choose. Contact RDA Dressage and National Championships Secretary Verity Malcom for more information about classification: 01926 405 967. Or find a classifying physiotherapist here.
Para-equestrian dressage training is increasingly being organised alongside mainstream regional training, and usually costs £5-20 per session. To find out what is available in your area, speak to the Regional Development Officer (RDO) or para representative in your area.
Para Coaches Pathway
We now have in place a Para Coaches Pathway that produces a list of BD recognised Para Trainers. For further details about the Pathway please contact Friederike to view the Para Coaches Pathway click here.
Initially you may not need to become a member of British Dressage to compete, for example, if you enter restricted classes you can do so as a non-member with a class ticket. However if you wish to start climbing the ranks you will need to join as a member.
For details of local Para Judge training please contact your local RDO or Para Rep.
BEF Talent Excel Programme
The Excel Talent Programme aims to produce a pool of up and coming talented young riders across the England Regions who are not currently on the BEF's World Class Programme.
Now in its third year, the Programme has been developed to extend the rider talent pathway below the UK Sport funded World Class Programme, to identify and nurture pool of up and coming riders who have the potential to go on and win medals in the future. It provides support to selected riders from the three Olympic and one Paralympic equestrian disciplines (dressage, eventing, showjumping and para-equestrian dressage).
Since its launch in 2011, the Excel Talent Programme has supported 48 riders, with 6 riders progressing to the World Class Development Programme during the 2012 intake. You can find more out about the programme here.
BEF Para Equestrian Entry Programme
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) are together, bringing Regional Para Dressage training to your local RDA centre!
This new training initiative supported by funding from Sport England will offer up to 2 training days a year in five England regions and will be taken by top International coaches. The aim of this initiative is to encourage young riders to make the next steps towards competing in British Dressage (BD) Para Equestrian competitions and entry onto the talent pathway. This programme will assist these riders to move onto the more advanced talent pathway schemes leading to the BEF Excel Talent programme. These regional training sessions will take place in R.D.A centres listed below that are able to host the training days and will offer an opportunity for riders from their own group and local groups to ride on these training days.
You can find out more here.