Training opportunity for para dressage riders in 2024

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 12:36

British Dressage is delighted to announce the continuation of the Para Academy for 2024.


The Para Academy pathway was established to provide an additional training and education opportunity across all grades. The training pathway will help develop your training, education and skills within para dressage as well as horse welfare to assist you through the BD National para structure.

The Para Academy will comprise of two 2-day camps, running in October 2024 and April 2025 and will involve the following:

  • Test riding and ridden coaching
  • Rider profiling and goal setting
  • Rider physio and equine nutrition
  • Master saddlers talk 
  • Evening talks and demonstrations
  • Rider development portfolios

Lucy Mae Bush, a previous BD Para Academy rider spoke to us about her journey with the Para Academy and her ambitions for the future.

“This year I am ambitious to progress to international competition with the help and support from the Para Academy. After a fabulous year making contacts, friends, progress in training & competition, I am keen to take up the opportunity to develop and learn more as an athlete. I have thoroughly enjoyed and taken away huge amounts from all the sessions. Training with Billy at the last camp has enabled me to confidently compete at silver level, with another year as part of the Para Academy- we can grow as a partnership with the best knowledge to reach our goals.”


Applications close Thursday 1 August. A rider can re-apply for the academy, up to a maximum of three times, this doesn’t have to be in three consecutive years. Please complete and return the application form above to BD Para International Officer Natasha Pearce via email.