National Convention

  • Date: 23 - 24 Nov 2019
  • Location: Addington Equestrian, Addington, Buckingham, MK18 2JR

The biggest British Dressage training event of the year! Get ready for a brand new look National Convention for 2019, in partnership with Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

National Convention 2019

This year’s event will take place at new host venue Addington Equestrian on 23 – 24 November for an exciting, fresh-look Convention, which will include:

  • Sessions specifically targeted at different levels, from Prelim to Grand Prix
  • A focus on modern cross training methods, pole work and effective exercises that you can take home and apply in your day to day training
  • Three standout hosts will take to the stage to share their expertise: British dressage legends Chris Bartle and Michael Eilberg, and Danish dressage star Daniel Bachmann Andersen for his first training convention on British soil
  • We’ll be taking you on a journey from the training arena to halt, immobility, salute, all with the health and happiness of both human and equine athletes at the forefront of the coaching approach.

Book your place

This year’s tickets have been frozen at 2018 prices, plus they now include an event programme! Early bird day and weekend tickets are now available, starting from just £45*, with member discounts available:


*Please note booking fees apply to all ticket types.

What’s on

This year’s event runs across two days, with each day covering different elements and levels:


On Saturday we’ll be opening the day with another brand new feature for the National Convention as Prelim level is included for the very first time. Aimed at those competing, or looking to start competing, in Quest, Area Festivals and Prelim to Medium level competition, Saturday will focus on improving you and your horse at home to progress positively towards achieving competition and training goals.

Time Content Presenter Riders/horses
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.15 Rhythm and Balance: Preliminary Michael Eilberg Chanell Murray & Indian Summer
10.45 Suppleness: Stepping up to Novice Michael Eilberg Katie Byam Cook & Diminutive
Gill Peckham & Hero
11.30 Straightness: Novice and Elementary Michael Eilberg Louise Robson
Amanda Shirtcliffe & New Princess
12.15 Lunch break and presentation of annual awards
14.00 Impulsion: Elementary to Medium Chris Bartle Aimee Gascoigne & MSJ Diva Dannebrog
14.30 Connection: Medium and Advanced Medium Chris Bartle Katrina Hall & King of the Street
Samantha Turpitt & Bali Dancer
15.15 Collection: Advanced Medium and beyond Daniel Bachmann Andersen Dannie Morgan & Knoxx's Figaro
Becky Moody & Odwigs Echo
16.00 Finish


On Sunday we turn our attention towards the advanced levels from Medium to Grand Prix, including Young Horse and FEI Youth rider categories. Whether you’re competing at these levels already, working towards them, or simply just want to watch some advanced level dressage riders, Sunday has something for everyone!

A varied approach to training will remain a key feature of the day as we uncover how a balanced and diverse routine can achieve those marginal gains vital for reaching the very top of the sport.

Time Content Presenter Riders/horses
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.15 Rhythm and Balance: Young Horses Daniel Bachmann Andersen Lucinda Elliot & Hawtins Quattro
10.45 Suppleness: BD Youth and FEI Daniel Bachmann Andersen Annabella Pidgley & Cognac IX
Lara Kuropatwa & For Season
11.30 Straightness: Advanced Medium plus Chris Bartle Sam Rahmatalla & Hawtins Falerno
Ashley Jenkins & His Highness
12.15 Lunch break and presentation of annual awards
14.00 Impulsion: FEI levels from Prix St Georges Chris Bartle Dannie Morgan & Southern Cross Braemar
14.30 Connection: Inter II towards Grand Prix Daniel Bachmann Andersen Katie Bailey & Eagle Nouvelle
Claire Gallimore & Annette Ballerina
15.15 Collection: Grand Prix Daniel Bachmann Andersen Louise Bell & Into the Blue
16.00 Finish

To find out more about our riders, visit our latest National Convention news story.

The hosts

Daniel Bachmann Andersen

National Convention Daniel Bachmann Andersen

Currently ranked seventh in the FEI Dressage World Rankings, Danish rising star Daniel is one of Europe’s most exciting riders on his way to the very top of the sport.

Head rider at Blue Hors stud in Randboel, Daniel is guided by American based Lars Petersen, Blue Hors Sport Director Ulrik Sorensen and Danish team trainer Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.


Christopher Bartle

National Convention 2019 - Chris Bartle

Chris is the current British Eventing Team’s High Performance Coach. For 16 years up to 2016, he was National Coach to the German Olympic Three Day Event Team - Winners of Team Silver and Individual Gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Team and Individual Gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In the saddle, Chris achieved sixth place individually at the 1984 LA Olympic Games on board former eventer Wily Trout. This outstanding achievement would stand for decades as the highest placing at an Olympic Games for a British dressage rider until the arrival of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in 2012.

Michael Eilberg

National Convention 2019 - Michael Eilberg

Hailing from prolific dynasty of dressage stars, Michael is a much sought after rider and trainer with an established presence on both the national and international stages. In his successful career, Michael made history on board the talented Woodlander Farouche, the first mare to win the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in 2011 and 2012, and was a key part of the silver medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in 2014.