National Convention 2021: Making Medallists
Join leading presenters Christoph Hess and FEI5* Judge Katrina Wuest, with Philipp Hess at their sides at guest rider and trainer, for Making Medallists - this year’s British Dressage National Convention, presented by Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Now available on demand on Horse & Country.
Whether aiming for gold at your first Quest show, or working towards Grand Prix, we're Making Medallists at all levels.
German dressage has long been at the forefront of progress, change and development of equestrian sport across generations. Their championship dominance, from Young Horse to World games, has driven the development of British dressage and other nations and inspired many to take up the reins and aim for gold.
With the Olympic and European titles back in the hands of a talented German team, we aim to uncover what makes this nation so good at dressage, developing horses and riders for career long success, producing not only quality, but healthy and happy athletes.
Our Olympic inspired sessions will be tied together by panel sessions with members of the Team GB support team, joining us to talk exclusively about their experience in making medallists and supporting Britain’s best riders and horses on their way to success.
Whilst we look towards those representing the sport on the world’s stage, the National Convention is for everyday riders, giving you all accessible tips to improve your training and competition success at every level, for every individual goal.
All sessions are now available to watch on demand for 90 days after the event (6-7 November 21).
If you bought weekend tickets to join us in person, you will have access to all of the sessions on demand after the event for three months (90 days) so you can watch them back at home and put the training tips into practice. You will have received a link to your email on how to watch it!
For those who purchased a live streaming access pass for coverage of both days of the Convention it also includes 90 days of on demand access after the event.
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You can also still buy on demand passes so you don't have to miss out on a great weekend of training!
BD Members: £45 | Non members: £55
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More about this year's National Convention
Our format is designed to cover three key elements of dressage under both the British Dressage and international spectrum, reflecting the Olympic process:
- Test riding
- Freestyle test riding
Training is at the core of success, for Olympic medallists and those making their debut at Prelim level. Each day will begin with two training sessions designed to debunk the principles behind long-lasting success in German dressage and training. Our hosts will cover the importance of basic training, in line with the scales of training, setting out their theory for training horses and riders for the day, and weekend. On Saturday, hear from top rider Philipp Hess, Olympic judge Katrina Wuest and leading dressage music maestro Tom Hunt, with Philipp returning on Sunday, this time alongside coaching legend Christoph Hess.
After training comes competition and test riding, where we’re able to put home training under the microscope for understanding our success, strengths, weaknesses, and defining future goals and progress. The third and fourth sessions of each day will see our trainers turn their focus to the competition arena. We’ll aim to discuss their core principles behind test riding and competition preparation, whilst aiming to assess how competition can aid our progress in training. On Saturday, Olympic judge Katrina Wuest will be able to offer her perspective as a judge, informing viewers from the perspective of one who does not have access to the behind the scenes training, and simply has to assess what she sees on the day with her own set of principles, criteria and ideology, in line with the FEI and German national guidelines.
Sessions five and six will bring in a National Convention first, dedicated to the test responsible for the worldwide captivation of interest throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Freestyle to Music. Capitalising from our success at elite level, to the breath of opportunity for British Dressage members to experience Freestyle closer to home from Prelim and beyond, our hosts will explain how they construct, create and assess freestyles for success, how the basics and correct training affect success and how what we learn in standard test riding translates into winning Freestyle test riding.
Each day at the National Convention will come to a close with a Grand Prix demo session, showcasing the very pinnacle of dressage training and competition. We’ll be presenting two of the most influential tests of the Olympic Games and European Championships, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.