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Benefits of joining

We want to help you enjoy your horse.  As a member, you will meet many like-minded people who want to learn about dressage and have fun.

Here’s why you should join us:


  • Choose your shows from a packed schedule of 2,000 days of competition per year
  • You will be judged by judges who have passed exams and receive on-going training
  • You can improve your own and your horses’ performance through our competition structure
  • Be part of the glitz and glamour of a Petplan Equine Area Festival. It is easier than you think – all you need to do to qualify is score just 62% three times at one level from Prelim to Elementary and 60% from Medium to Inter II between 1 October and 14 days before the closing date for entries for your Area Festival
  • You can qualify for all types of different championships



  • There's regional training for riders at all levels given by British Dressage (BD) accredited trainers
  • We run regional training for coaches to improve standards of teaching, which you can join
  • You can work for a top trainer through our apprenticeship scheme 
  • There is a training scheme for young riders aged eight to 25 years called BD Youth
  • You can become a dressage judge


Insurance cover

  • Third party public liability insurance for all private equestrian activities provided by partners Shearwater Insurance
  • Personal accident insurance for all private equestrian activities, excluding racing (restrictions apply - see rule book for limits of cover) (insurance key facts are available here)


Legal Helpline

  • Access to a free legal helpline provided by our partners Harrison Clark Rickerbys


BD Magazine, Engage & Handbook

  • You'll receive the British Dressage magazine, published every two months, packed with news, training features and show schedules. Members and Associate members can also read the previous issue of the magazine as an online page turner here
  • Every month a copy of our e-news Engage will hit your in box with our latest updates, news, info and offers. Plus email updates from your region.
  • A copy of the current British Dressage Members' Handbookwhich has lots of info about what judges are looking for from you and your horse


  • Online access to competition records of all BD-registered riders and horses
  • BD members' forum where you can chat, debate and discuss all things dressage


Member discounts

  • You can buy tickets at a reduced rate for our annual National Championships and National Convention.


Music Licence

  • We have negotiated special music licensing terms, so you have a wealth of music to choose from for your freestyle tests


Join Now!

Click here to join online now or download a membership form to submit your application by post