Para Dressage training

We have a number of training opportunities available for riders at all levels; whether you're just starting out, want to be a para coach or judge, or aiming for the Paralympics!

Para Academy

The aim of the Para Academy programme is to develop the training and education of BD Para riders. Developing their skills within para dressage, horse welfare and rider training to help and assist riders to develop through the BD National para structure and defined pathways towards the BEF Podium Potential Pathway programmes. The Para Academy will comprise of two 2-day camps, running in October and April and will involve:

  • Test riding and ridden coaching
  • Rider profiling and goal setting
  • Rider physio and equine nutrition
  • Master saddlers talk 
  • Evening talks and demonstrations
  • Rider development portfolios


Once you’ve become a member, you’ll be assigned one of our six regions based on where you live. Each region conducts regular para training, such as test riding, social evenings and camps. The training is informal, friendly and you don’t need to have been classified to take part, offering an excellent opportunity to have a taste of being a BD member and access training conducted by British Dressage para coaches.


Once you’re involved with regular regional activities and competing at BD shows, you could be in the running to be selected to represent your region at the annual Equissage Pulse Para Home Nations! Take part in an exciting team competition that replicates the format and style of an international event. Present your horse at the horse inspection and enjoy the opening ceremony ahead of two days of thrilling competition.


Para officials

Anyone can get involved and be a para official, whether you're looking to develop as coach, judge or steward. British Dressage is here to support you every step of the way. If you're interested in getting involved with officiating for para dressage, you can find out more below.


Para Equestrian Entry Programme

Run by British Equestrian (BEF) and supported by funding from Sport England, this training initiative offers up to two training days a year, in five regions, taken by top international coaches for budding para equestrian riders at RDA centres. The aim is to encourage young riders to make the next steps towards competing and entry onto the talent pathway leading to the BEF Podium Potential Programme. To find out more, visit the BEF website.


World Class Programme

Want to compete for your country on the international stage? British Equestrian's World Class Programme is second to none in offering training and education to talented riders. The development programme seeks to identify and develop riders who show potential.

Primarily focused on the rider at the early stages, with the focus then switching to the combination of horse and rider as the rider moves up the pathway. The pinnacle of the pathway is the Podium Programme where rider and horse combinations are challenging for team positions. Many of our top Podium riders today started out with RDA and followed this same route – could you be next?

To compete in international para equestrian competitions, a combination must first meet the criteria laid out in the selection policy, be FEI classified and then be selected to compete. The international calendar can be viewed on the FEI website and for further information, contact the BD office.