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National Convention 2022: The best in a generation

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:10 GMT

Dressage means training, and training means the National Convention! Join us for Generation BD, as the National Convention returns to Hartpury College and University on 26 & 27 November, hosted by the best of British.   

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Current and former World Championships team riders Gareth Hughes and Michael Eilberg will headline the 2022 National Convention, with the biggest training event in the BD calendar returning to a capacity in-person audience at Hartpury in November.

Tickets are now on sale, with in person prices frozen at pre-pandemic levels in order to offer the best value training experience for all BD members.   
 
Generation BD

The word ‘generation’ encompasses a sense of belonging, community and collective, and this is something we aim to bring to the forefront of this year’s event. The sharing of knowledge in dressage is vital for a sport that often spans generations – not just in that of riders, but also horses, where breeding embodies a wider sense that success across generations is achieved through longevity, repetition, practice, teamwork, and passion. 

We're currently experiencing the most successful generation of British Dressage in the history of the sport, with record membership levels and championship success, setting high standards of officiating, riding, and competing.  With this in mind, we want to ask the question, what do we want to take into the next generation of dressage?

In the future, topics such as horse welfare, sustainability in sport, best practise in breeding and developing technology will all have an influence on how the next generation train, ride and exist in the equestrian sphere.  With those contemporary themes in mind, we want to focus on the best training methods that we can learn from the current generation and share with the next. 

The British Dressage community is a generation of riders, coaches, judges, volunteers, and fans, connected not by relation or age, but by a shared love of dressage and horses. At this year's National Convention, join us to celebrate this connection, led by two of the most successful figures within the sport, Gareth Hughes and Michael Eilberg, as well as several special guest presenters, who also contribute to continued success of dressage across generations.  
 
Tickets now on sale

British Dressage is committed to delivering the best learning experiences, from our regions and camps, through to the flagship training event in our calendar, the National Convention. 

There’s no better training experience than being able to enjoy in person, close-up action and this year we’ll be returning to a capacity audience at Hartpury, for the first time since 2019. To celebrate this and recognise the nationwide cost-of-living challenges faced beyond equestrian, we’re freezing in person ticket prices at 2019 levels, with the promise of the very best in person training experience.

BD Members will benefit from a 10% advance booking discount, which we’re extending cross-discipline to our friends registered with the BHS, Pony Club and British Eventing.   
 
Weekend passes:  
BD Members: £80 | Non-members: £90  
 
Day tickets:   
BD Members: £45 | Non-members: £50  
 
Please note that the focus for this year’s National Convention is going to be based on providing the very best experience for those in attendance at Hartpury.  We will therefore not be live streaming the event in 2022.  However, for those unable to attend in person, we are looking forward to presenting fully accessible on-demand viewing post-event.

All spectator passes will also include complimentary online access for those attending in person so they can revisit the training tips and advice at their leisure after the event.  Further information about our on-demand service and ticket prices will be released later in the autumn. 

With a world class line up and two days of inspiring training ready to go, now’s the time to secure your passes to join us Hartpury for the National Convention 2022. 

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