Training and talent pathway

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

Nicky Greenhill - with groom

Regional training

Once you’ve become a member, you’ll be part of a British Dressage region 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 giving para equestrian riders access to training conducted by top BD 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 Para Home International!

For more information on regional training, contact your Regional Para Rep or Regional Development Officer.

BEF Para Equestrian Entry Programme

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.

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. These regional training sessions take place in RDA centres. To find out more, visit the BEF website:


Talent Pathway

Would you like help to make it to the top? The British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) 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, but as the rider moves up the pathway, the focus then turns to the combination of horse and rider. 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.

Para Coaches, Judges and Stewards training

If you're interested in getting involved with officiating for para dressage, you can find out more below: