Youth Academies

Kick start your career in dressage, build your skills and boost your performance!

BD Youth Academies

BD Youth Academies are open to B-A squad riders who are active in their region. Selected riders will receive coaching and performance development sessions, both mounted and unmounted, over two 2-day camps running through Autumn/Winter. The aim of the Academies is to develop all-round equestrian athletes and camps will include sessions such as:

  • Performance profiling
  • Nutrition
  • Rider strength and conditioning
  • Lecture demonstrations with industry professionals
  • Inspirational talks
  • Ridden coaching and test riding
Both the BD Youth Foundation and National academies have helped me to think like an athlete and progress in all aspects of dressage. It’s given me a pathway to follow in terms of my own lifestyle as well as training with my horses. Each practitioner has given me ideas and skills to take away and work on at home and for the future!
Florence Human, BD Youth Academy Athlete


B, B+ and A Squad riders who've attended squad assessments between 1 December and Inter-Regional cut-off date and are achieving minimum scores of 66% at Elementary (or equivalent performance at age-appropriate levels on young horses aged 7 or under) may be eligible to apply for the Foundation Academy programme. Foundation Academy athletes are automatically eligible for selection onto the National Academy for the following year.

Applicants must be able to commit to attending both camps at their allocated venue. Academies are run nationally, although the camp locations will continue to change annually for accessibility.  

2024 camps will be held at Vale View Equestrian (Leicestershire) and Parwood Equestrian Centre (Surrey). For more information about the 2024 applicaiton criteria, dates and to apply view the application form.


Applications for 2024 Foundation Academies are now open, and close on 1 August 2024.


Each year 12 athletes are selected to progress from Foundation Academies to National Academies! Riders are selected depending on their dedication to the process, improvement shown, knowledge and ability.

National Academy riders gain access to further training camps with in-depth coaching and athlete development from top industry professionals, along with various mounted and unmounted training opportunities. Fully-funded by Sport England, the BD Youth National Academy provides riders with many more opportunities, benefits and continued support throughout the year to boost progression as a young athlete.