Join us for BD at Home this November

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 06 Nov 2020 14:30 GMT

The current lockdown restrictions in England may mean we’re all having to press pause on our organised competition and training activity, but we still have plenty of exciting initiatives planned for our members over the next few weeks.

National Convention 2019 - Danny Morgan

Join us throughout November for our ‘BD at Home’ series, where you can hear from some of our top riders and experts from within the dressage community as they share their tips, advice and insight to help you work towards your competition and training goals.

Tune in this week as we kick start the programme of events with Laura Tomlinson: ‘From Home to the Arena’, ‘Coffee Break Catch Up’ with Abi Lyle and ‘Improving your Performance’ Pilates session with Deborah Jones.

Available exclusively online and free to BD members, there will be new content available on the BD website each week throughout November, which you can access on the BD website and through our social media channels.

Our BD at Home series also aims to support some of the charities closest to our hearts during these challenging times.  We are asking those of our members who enjoy the programme of online training and videos to make a small donation if they can, which will be shared between Brooke, World Horse Welfare and The Emile Faurie Foundation.

We’re also delighted to announce that the British Dressage National Convention, in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, will also still be going ahead as planned on 21 & 22 November – and weekend passes to get access to the live stream are now on sale.  This is the first time that the National Convention has been run remotely as a virtual event online, rather than attended in person, but this will enable us to reach a much wider audience across the whole of the country.

While the current government restrictions mean that this will need to be run behind closed doors under strict protocols, the National Convention will meet all legal requirements around permitted working and broadcast arrangements and be delivered in a COVID-secure environment for the hosts, demo riders and production crew.

You can join us for over ten hours of training with four of the sport’s leading experts, as Stephen Clarke, Ferdi Eilberg, Peter Storr and Clive Halsall host Training to Test Riding at our exciting new venue for 2020, the Cotswold Club. Streamed live throughout the weekend by Horse & Country, your digital ticket will also provide up to 90 days of unlimited viewing on demand after the event.

Tickets for BD members are available at a discounted price at just £25 for access to the full programme on both days (£35 for non-members), which is fantastic value for money. 


We’ll be bringing you further information on what you can expect from this year’s National Convention, including the rider announcement, over the next couple of days – but in the meantime, we can confirm the outline schedule for the weekend below:

Saturday 21 November | Training to Test Riding: From the Saddle

The ever-popular Stephen Clarke and Ferdi Eilberg return to present our very first online BD National Convention.  Each session will start with an evaluation from FEI 5* judge Stephen, before he hands the reins and microphone over to Ferdi Eilberg, who will work with each combination to see improvement in the areas suggested. The overarching theme will see us looking to make marginal gains in training and fixes to improve the performance and presentation in front of the judge – and we have two of the very best in the business to help us, and our demo riders, along the way.

Time Session
09.45 Welcome
10.00 Novice
10.49 Elementary
11.39 Medium
12.29 Advanced Medium
13.30 Lunch
14.02 Intermediate I
15.22 Grand Prix
16.30 Finish

Sunday 22 November | Training to Test Riding: From the Judges’ Box

Expert judges Peter Storr and Clive Halsall head the line-up for day two of the BD National Convention, where we’ll be focusing on how the judge looks at and assesses combinations riding key tests through the levels, from Novice to Grand Prix.  Our top presenters will be discussing the movements, way of going and exactly what the judges’ are looking for.

Time Session
09.45 Welcome
10.00 Novice 37A
10.46 Elementary 59
11.32 Medium 75
12.18 Advanced Medium 98
13.05 Lunch break
13.46 Prix St Georges
14.32 Intermediate I
15.17 Grand Prix
16.00 Finish

PLUS don’t miss your chance to get involved in our most interactive training forum yet – we’ll be offering the chance for you to judge each test from home using the Spectator Judging App, and you’ll be able to submit any questions you have as you’re watching throughout the weekend through our social media channels. Watch this space for more information coming soon.