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Scotland region


Emma Stewart - Scottish Regional Development Officer
Tel: 07584 147258
Email Emma

Regional Committee

Your BD Scotland regional committee work hard to organise and support events around the region. The committee are here to represent members of the region so please do not hesitate to contact your committee

Chairperson - Les Smith. Tel: 07759665134. Email Les
Senior Training Rep - Elaine Simpson. Tel: 07900491691. Email Elaine
BYRDS Rep - Rowenna Walker. Tel: 07510653289. Email Rowena
Para Rep - Clare Molyneux. Tel: 07789262898. Email Clare
Judges Rep - Kathy Ogilvie. Tel: 07790584517. Email Kathy
Coaches Rep - Diana Zajda. Tel: 07761637245. Email Diana
Marketing Rep - Emma Haley. Tel: 07772520998. Email Emma

LAST UPDATE: 9 August 2017

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Scotland Skye Team Win BYRDS Home International!

We are delighted to report that Scotland Skye Team headed off the competition from 24 other teams from across England, Ireland and Wales to be crowned BYRDS Home International Champions 2017. The team consisting of Ferne Fairfull, Zoe Florence, Chloe Peat and Amelia Ratcliffe-Smith finished the first days competition in lead and managed to hold their nerve on day 2 for the win.

As well as being Home International winners, Scotland had a second team placed in the top 10 with Team Islay being placed 7th. The team consisted of Sammy Cardno, Danny Peters, Morgan McCartney and Shona Leckie.

Click here to view full team results

As well as team placings we had a number of Scotland riders come away with individual placings including Shona Leckie winning the FEI Pony Championship and Morgan McCartney being the Elementary Junior Champion.

Click here to view full individual results


Sheepgate Under 25's Championships - Teams Announced

Congratulations to the following riders who have been selected to compete on a Scotland team at the Sheepgate Under 25's Championship:

Rose Foley
Phoebe Traquair
Zoe Florence
Kendal Bow
Emily Sutherland
Danny Peters
Chloe Peat
Shona Leckie
Morgan McCartney

New - Sports Psychology!

BD Scotland region is lucky to have support from Dr Lynn Pal, Neurobehavioural & Biological Chartered Psychologist. Dr Lynn Pal will be working with us in various ways including regulr articles.

Article 1 - 'What is psychology and it's role in dressage'.

BD Scotland Newsletters

Click here to read the latest newsletter from BD Scotland region

BYRDS Inter Regional Team Competition

Sadly we were unable to field a full team for the BYRDS Inter Regional team competition however we are delighted that Emily Sutherland has been selected to represent Scotland and join forces with the Northern region. Congratulations to Emily and we wish her lots of luck in Keysoe.



** Volunteer of the Month Award **

Without volunteers, dressage could not function as a sport. Did you know that, at competitions, all scorers, stewards, runners, writers and many of the show secretaries do their job simply for the love of the sport.

Each month we announce our Nirvana Spa Volunteer of the Month, where they'll receive a certificate and trophy plus more! But we can't do this without your help!

Is there someone you'd like to thank for helping settle your competition nerves, or someone who has helped you get to the arena on time? Have your say and email your nomination to today!



Click Here to find out more about BYRDS Scotland

Click HERE to see all the training dates & book online.

  • 21 August - Harry Payne @ Seaforth Riding Centre, Inverness

BYRDS Scotland Performance League

The Performance League is open to BD members. The League is an opportunity for all members to have recognition for participating in both affiliated and unaffiliated competitions as well as rider squad tests.

Whilst competing you can accumulate points which go forward to a league table and ultimately towards a BYRDS Trophy to be presented at the BYRDS Championship in October 2017

Click Here to download the BYRDS Scotland Performance League information and record.


BYRDS have a series of squads from Fledglings to A Squad. THE SQUADS are basically a framework for progress within the BYRDS structure, to encourage riders to develop and improve as riders and horsemen. Riders are squadded using the rider squad test. The rider tests have been designed to show the judge(s) how well a rider can influence their horse's way of going through a supple and correct seat, good preparation and a good relationship with their horse. Although the tests may appear relatively simple, they are constructed in a way that requires a great deal of skill to be able to ride them fluently and easily.
From a marking point of view the test is split into three clear sections: The seat and effectiveness of the aids, rider's influence on way of going and rider's control of movements in test.

Come along to a squad training day to be squadded or re-assesed.

BYRDS Championships Show

Click here for full schedule

Click here to enter online


Participating in a regional team is a fabulous experience, a great way to develop your skills and meet new friends!

There are three BYRDS team competitions throughout the year; BYRDS Inter-Regional, BYRDS Home International & Sheepgate U25's Championship. 

BYRDS Inter Regionals
Keysoe, Beds
1st - 2nd July 2017

Teams for the BYRDS Inter Regional competition comprise of 4 riders, 3 of which must be in different squads - Fledglings, C Squad, B Squad & A Squad. Riders must have been squadded in order to apply for a team and the competition utilises the Rider Quad Tests. To apply please click on the application form below. All applications must be received by 15th May. 

Click here to download the BYRDS Inter Regionals information sheet
Click here to download the BYRDS Regional Selection Policy
Click here to download the BYRDS Inter Regional Progress Chart

**Due to the costs of travel the organisers at Keysoe have offered free of charge stabling for Scotland riders! **

BYRDS Home International
Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre, Haddington, Scotland
29th - 30th July 2017

Scotland region are delighted to be hosting the 2017 BYRDS Home International team competition. Open to riders from 8 -25 years, teams are made up of 4 riders from Novice to Medium level. Riders and horses must be full members of BD to compete in the competition. Click on the information sheet below to find out how to get on a team! All applications must be received by 19th June.

Click here to download the BYRDS Home International Information Sheet
Click here to download the BYRDS Regional Selection Policy
Click here to download the BYRDS Home international Progress Chart

Sheepgate Under 25's Championship - Team Competition
Sheepgate EC, Boston, Linc
21st - 26th August 2017

Open to riders from 8 to 25 years with teams from Prelim to Medium and above. Teams are made of 4 riders at each level, eg. 4 prelim riders. All applications must be recived by 14th July.

Click here to download the Sheepgate Team Competition Information Form
Click here to download the BYRDS Regional Selection Policy
Click here to download the BYRDS Sheepgate Progress Chart


Children on Horses

The FEI have introduced a new section at International level called Children on Horses.

Open to riders from the beginning of the calendar year of their 12th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 14th birthday riding horses. Click here to read further information. Application forms can be downloaded here.




Click HERE to view and book all regional training dates.

  • 12 August - Joanna Barry Training @ Ormiston Farm Steadings, West Lothian
  • 15 August - Test Riding with Gillian Peters @ Fountain, Aberdeenshire. In association with Gordon Dressage Group.
  • 19 / 20 August - Charlie Hutton @ Penwold House, Glasgow
  • 21 August - Harry Payne @ Seaforth Riding Centre, Inverness
  • 22 August - Test Riding with Gaynor Ranshaw @ Barstobrick, Dumfries
  • 5 September - Test Riding with Gaynor Ranshaw @ Barstobrick, Dumfries
  • 6 September - Test Riding with Gillian Peters @ The Cabin, Aberdeenshire
  • 26 September - Test Riding with Gaynor Ranshaw @ Barstobrick, Dumfries
  • 30 September - Charlie Hutton @ Penwold House, Glasgow
  • 1 October - Charlie Hutton @ Penwold House, Glasgow
  • 9 November - Test Riding with Gillian Peters @ The Cabin, Aberdeenshire
  • 28 December - Test Riding with Gillian Peters @ The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

Senior Camp - 22 / 23 August - click here for details and book online


Enjoy the unique experience of competing as part of a team and apply to be on one of our regional teams. There are two senior team competitions annually - the Inter-Regionals and Home Internationals.

Senior Inter Regionals
Keysoe, Beds
13th - 14th May 2017

Open to BD full members 18 years and over, the Inter Regional team competition is for Bronze and Silver riders at Prelim to Medium levels. To find out more about this competition please download the Inter Regionals information sheet. All applications need to be submitted by 13th April.

Click here to download the Senior Inter Regionals  Information Sheet
Click here to download the Senior Regional Selection Policy
Click here to download the Senior Inter Regional Application Form

Senior Home Internationals
Mount Ballan, Monmouthshire, Wales
6th - 8th October 2017

The prestigious Senior Home International team competition is for riders 18 years and over from Novice to PSG and open to Bronze, Silver and Gold combinations. Download the Senior Home Internationals information sheet to find out more about being part of Team Scotland! Application forms need to be submitted by 31st August.

Click here to download the Senior Home International Information Sheet
Click here to download the Senior Regional Selection Policy
Click here to download the Senior Home International Application Form



Are you interesting in become a BD judge? Click here to find out more.

Judge training is open to all. Riders and trainers are encouraged to participate. 

20 September - Ayrshire Judge training with Debby Lush at Medium / Advanced Medium level. Attendees must be current list 4 judges or within the fast track exam system. Online booking available shortly



We are now working alongside BHS, horsescotland, BE & BS to offer a variety of coach CPD days covering a variety of disciplines and levels. We therefore thought it would be of interest to you all to have a list of training opportunities that can be used towards your coaching CPD.

Coach CPD Dates

21 October - BYRDS Coach Development Day at Highfield Equestrian at Howe

This day is centred around the coaching and assessment of the BYRDS rider squad test. The day will also cover many aspects of coaching young riders.       

Click here to book online


Training Dates

  • 19th July - Rider Developmen Day, Clydesdale RDA Group, Scottish Equestrian Centre, Lanark, ML11 9TA

Para Rider Development Day with coach Erik MacKechnie BHSI BEF Para Coach & para dressage judge Shona Grant MacKintosh. Develop your riding skills with training from BD accredited & BEF para coach Erik MacKechnie. Erik has a wealth of knowledge with dressage coaching and specialises in development of para riders. Practice riding a dressage test with dressage judge Shona Grant-MacIntosh. 

Para Intro competition will be running in the afternoon. See below for full details on the intro show programme

Click here for full information and to enter the para rider development day & intro show

Para Intro Show

19th July, Clydesdale RDA Group, Scottish Equestrian Centre, Lanark, ML11 9TA

Para-Dressage Intro competition is aimed to help riders ‘bridge the gap’ between the RDA and the BD competition structure.

Para Equestrian Intro tests are used - click here to download and the competition will be run as one class with all grades competing against each other. The top 10 placing will be determined by highest overall % scores irrespective of Grade.

Riders must be profiled with a physical classification and classified Grade I –V under FEI/BD Rules and must
compete in the Grade Class that they are Classified (Grade I – V).
The competition is restricted to BD Para Group E riders or those new to the sport (please refer to rule book).

Riders competing in BD Para Intro Shows from 1st September 2016 – 31st July 2017 may qualify for the BD.Para Intro Championship being held at the British Dressage Para Summer Festival in 2017. To be eligible to compete in the Intro Show Championship riders must be BD CLUB members & Associate horse registration. To qualify riders must obtain an average of 66% over a minimum of two scores from Para Intro Show Qualifiers between 1st September 2016 – 31st July 2017.

Useful Downloads

National Classification Policy

Classification Process

National Classification Forms


Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre
 1- 3 September 2017

Qualification continues to run from 1 September 2016 until the close of entries of the Championships. Horses that finish 1st and 2nd in an affiliated class at a BD competition in Scotland, or elsewhere in Great Britain if ridden by a resident in Scotland, or a person born there will qualify. 

Click here for full qualification details.

To download a copy of the Qualification Letter please click here.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these great Championships


We have a number of regional trophies which are awarded at the end of each year. To view the list of trophies that are awarded together with the criteria please Click Here