British Dressage Horse Care
Improve your knowledge, skills and horse care with our brand new British Dressage Horse Care course.
The British Dressage Horse Care programme is designed to help you as a rider learn all of the fundamentals in caring for horses. The new course is a mixture of online and practical learning modules, which aims to boost the care skills of our BD Youth members and beyond!
What is BD Horse Care?
Horse Care focuses on improving skills in four key areas:
- Tack and dress
There will be five tiers in total, starting at the Introductory Horse Care Certificate, progressing through to the Advanced Horse Care Certificate, and these will be linked to the BD Youth squadding levels, as following:
|Introductory Horse Care Certificate (Tier 1)||D Squad|
|Preliminary Horse Care Certificate (Tier 2)||C Squad||Coming in February 2020!|
|Novice Horse Care Certificate (Tier 3)||C+ Squad||Coming in February 2020!|
|Intermediate Horse Care Certificate (Tier 4)||B/B+ Squad||Coming in December 2020!|
|Advanced Horse Care Certificate (Tier 5)||A/A Young Horse Squad||Coming in December 2020!|
Everyone must start at the introductory certificate – you can then work your way up to the relevant level, depending on which level you are squadded at. If you already hold a certificate in Horse Care (such as the Pony Club or BHS exams), please contact your Regional Development Officer, or Hannah James, Youth Development Officer (contact details below), with evidence of what you've completed, and they will be able to advise you on which level to start at.
Completing the modules
Each tier has an online learning section to it, which can be completed through our online learning platform, as well as a practical assessment. Practical assessments, which are arranged through your region, will begin during summer 2020.
Regional teams and Horse Care
If you’re a BD Youth rider who is looking to be eligible to compete our regional teams after December 2020, you’ll need to have begun working through the horse care online course.
How much does it cost?
Registration for each certificate costs just £5.
How do I sign up?
Book onto the relevant level certificate using the link below. You will then be issued with a link to the online platform from our Youth Team to start working towards successful completion!
Find out more
Want to find out more and register your interest? Contact your Regional Development Officer or BD Youth Rep, visit your relevant regional pages for their contact details:
You can also contact our Youth Development Officer Hannah James at BD Head Office: