Becoming a steward is great opportunity to travel, meet like minded people and, most importantly, be more involved in the sport we all love.

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What is a BD Steward?

British Dressage Stewards are an essential part of the team that put-on BD competitions. As a BD Steward you will receive regular training on the latest rules and regulation changes as well as the opportunity to upgrade to steward at higher-level competitions and championships, giving you a front row seat to the top riders and horses! 

Your responsibilities as a BD Steward are to ensure the smooth running of a competition, support riders, and look after the welfare of the horse. The role is vital and must be completed to a high standard to ensure that the competition can run with no issues. 

If you are interested in becoming a Steward, then get started on your training today! The process for becoming a Steward is straightforward and simple to make it as accessible as possible for anyone interested in taking on the role.

Becoming a BD Steward

You must be a minimum of 18 years old and a British Dressage Full (non-competing) member to start your Steward training. 

To get started on your Steward training, you need to book onto the Upgrading to Level 1 Steward training course. You can see the next available dates for this below. If there are no dates visible, please contact Mimi Baynes. 

Once you have booked onto the course more information will be sent to you. The course will aim to start your Steward education and cover the essential parts of stewarding that you must understand. It will also cover what you will need to complete for the remainder of your Steward training and the next steps that you need to take. 

After your Steward training course, the rest of the Steward Education System compromises of: 

  • Online knowledge check 
  • Shadowing requirements
  • Stewarding observation
  • Oral assessment  

All information around how you can complete each of these will be explained during your initial Steward training course. 

Book your steward training

For Steward training for new stewards, please see below.

Upgrade to Level 1 Course, 25 August 2022:


Get in touch

If you have any questions or queries about becoming a Steward, please get in touch with our Training and Education Assistant, Mimi Baynes.


Already a BD Steward and want to upgrade?

If you are already a Level 1 BD steward, then we currently have upgrade courses available for you to attend to upgrade to Level 2. If you would like to upgrade, then your first step would be to book onto the ‘Upgrading to Level 2 Stewarding course’. This course will cover the important topics that are part of the role as Level 2 steward. Once you have attended the training course you will be required to do the following: 

  • Provide the required proof of recent stewarding appointments at your current level
  • Fulfil the required shadowing appointments
  • Stewarding observation
  • Oral assessment

If you are a Level 2 Steward who wants to upgrade to Level 3 then we will be providing more information here shortly, once we have dates available.

We will also be sharing the details regarding the upgrading to Level 4 process as a BD Steward. 

Please see below for Steward training for existing Stewards

There are currently no courses available for existing Steward wishing to upgrade. Please contact Mimi Baynes to express your interest in these courses.