National Convention 2021: Making Medallists

  • Date: 06 - 07 Nov 2021
  • Location: Hartpury University and Hartpury College, Hartpury House, Gloucester, GL19 3BE

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.

National Convention 2021

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.


Your chance to be back watching the National Convention in person! Taking place at Hartpury Arena, we have a limited number of tickets available this year, so make sure to buy your tickets now to avoid missing out.

Weekend bundle

Attend for the whole weekend in person, PLUS access all of the sessions on demand after the event for three months so you can watch them back at home and put the training tips into practice.

BD Members: £45 | Non members: £55


Day ticket

If you're unable to come along for the whole weekend then you can buy a single day pass for either the Saturday or Sunday sessions, although please note day passes don't give you access to the on demand sessions to watch afterwards.

BD Members: £30 | Non members: £35


Live streaming

For those unable to attend in person at Hartpury, live streaming access for coverage of both days of the Convention will also be available at the same price for members of £45. This also includes 90 days of on demand access after the event.

BD Members: £45 | Non members: £55



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:

  • Training
  • 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.