Coaches are a huge part of our sport; become a member of British Dressage and access a range of coaching qualifications, as well as regional training and events.
Coaching regional representatives
Each of our regions have a coaching representative as part of the regional committees, who are there to answer any questions around coaching with British Dressage, and support the organisation of coaching events and training in their regions.
Coaching qualifications and development opportunities
There are several coaching qualifications and development opportunities currently on offer, whether you're new to coaching and looking to gain your next qualification, or you're an existing coach wanting to further your development.
Find a coach
Being a member of British Dressage is not just about competing but also about developing your riding and your horses’ way of going. At British Dressage we understand the importance of finding the right coach and the BD Coaches' Database is an easily accessible list of coaches at various levels throughout the UK.
BD Accredited Coaches hold a Level 3 dressage qualification and have been assessed by BD assessors, or hold a dressage-endorsed UKCC Level 4 qualification. They have shown a good knowledge of modern coaching skills and sound technical knowledge up to and including Advanced Medium level. This status may also be granted to a very experienced coach who is also a member of the International Dressage Trainers Club and has trained at least one combination to international small tour level.
BD Recognised Coaches hold a Level 2 dressage qualification or a UKCC qualification from another relevant equestrian discipline. They have shown a good basic knowledge of modern coaching skills and have a sound technical knowledge of dressage up to Elementary level.
You can be assured that all coaches listed on the database below have up-to date first aid and safeguarding certificates, public liability insurance and have agreed to abide by the code of conduct.
Qualified coaches with the necessary compliance can join the annual BD Coaches' Database for a small fee. In order to be listed coaches must have the necessary qualifications and maintain the relevant first aid, safeguarding and insurance compliance.
Due to the suspension of training activity on account of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have further extended the period for maintaining first aid qualifications to the 31 August 2021. Please note, any Level 3 First Aid at Work qualification will be accepted for British Dressage coach registration and certain providers are still able to deliver both initial and refresher courses.
Safeguarding certificates that expired after March 2020 should be renewed at the earliest opportunity. For more information about updating your safeguarding compliance and attending a virtual safeguarding refresher course visit our Safeguarding page.
It is advisable to check with all other course providers that they will be able provide a refresher course if your current certificate has expired, or whether you will be required to complete another initial course. It is also strongly recommended that you check with your insurance provider to ensure you are still meeting any of their compliance requirements.
Online training is available for currently registered BD coaches to utilise for personal development from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, you'll need your login to access this page. If you're new to logging into the website there's a helpful 'how to' video' which takes you through the process.