Regional committee

In the north we have a Regional Committee of volunteers who help to run the region - meet the team that keep the north on the map! 

N&E Counties

Each committee member has their own area of expertise, the regional committee for Northern consists of representatives for the following areas:

  • Chairman - Vikki Hayton
  • Youth - Jess Griffiths and Charlotte Clark
  • Senior training - Sarah Farrand and Rachel Longworth
  • Coaching - Charlotte Wilson
  • Para - Gillian Brown
  • Judges - Helen Copeland
  • Marketing - Sarah McClarron

Meet your committee

Vikki Hayton 


Vikki’s role as Regional Chairman is to provide leadership for the committee and to support the British Dressage Northern Region. Vikki has a strong interest in dressage, has been actively involved with the sport as a BD Trainer/UKCC Level 3 and list 3 Judge and BHSI with masters in Teaching.

She brings a balanced overview to the implementation of the policies agreed by the board and the main technical committees. Vikki works closely with Jo (our Northern Regional Development Officer) to ensure that the Regional Committee functions effectively to maximise the potential of each area. Vikki encourages collaborative working and assists in resolving any issues within the region.

Jess Griffiths


Jess studied a BSc in education studies and sport and a PGCE at university after which she worked in a primary school. She now works part time in a special needs school and coaches the rest of the time. Jess is an accredited BD coach having gained her UKCC Level 3, she is also a List 4 Judge. She has competed her own horse Blitz up to PSG who she has trained from a 4 year old. She enjoys training and continuing to expand her own knowledge to improve her riding, coaching and judging. She trains with Amy and Tracey Woodhead. She is excited to work with the BD youth riders and hopes to share she experience and knowledge to contribute to developing our youth riders into successful, knowledgeable, sportsmanlike riders of the future.

Charlotte Clark


Charlotte is well known to BD Youth members and for the last two years was an active Youth Ambassador. She competes two horse and has ridden at the National Championships, as well as having attended the Foundation Academy in 2019 and 2020; achieving A Squad as a rider. She joins Jess as a BD Youth Rep and brings her recent experience with her to support others.

Sarah Farrand


Sarah’s role is to look after senior training with an emphasis on teams and their preparation. She is a lawyer by profession, and has enjoyed her horses and dressage as a hobby whilst also running Richmond Horsebox Hire. She is an active competitor and BD Listed Judge. She has been a regular member of senior teams and a Chef d'equipe.

Rachel Longworth


Rachel is the new senior rider rep for the south of the North and East region. She owns and run a small dressage and livery yard based in Derbyshire. She owns two ex racehorses that she has retrained for dressage and her daughter Sophia is a successful BD youth rider with her two ponies. She is a trainee BD judge. She also owns two broodmares and expect their first dressage pony foal this June. She very much looks forward to being out and about representing and supporting the region. 

Charlotte Wilson


Charlotte is the regions Coaching Representative. Charlotte runs Snainton Riding Centre near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is a BD List 3a Judge, a UKCC Level 3 British Dressage Accredited Coach, and Youth Assessor and UKCC Level 3 Generic Coach. Charlotte also holds the British Horse Society’s Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship (BHSI). She coaches and competes, competing a variety of different types of horses, with a particular interest in ROR, being the former coach to the ROR Display Team. After developing a strong interest in coaching following the UKCC qualifications she took a Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching, which offered a sound basis to theory to attach to the practical knowledge gained through the years working in the industry. She is very keen to develop coaching opportunities within the region.

Gillian Brown


Gillian is the Para Dressage Representative. Gillian Brown has been a BD member since she was 18 years old; she helps run the family farm and competes her two horses on a regular basis both in able bodied and Para dressage. As a Para rider she has valuable insight in how to become a BD Para rider and the various options open to both new and already classified riders. Gillian trained at Etal with Lady Joicey and now trains with Angela Weiss and Gwyneth Lewis our Northern Judges Representative. Gillian is one of the most Northerly members in the Northern Region.

Helen Copeland


Helen is a List 3a and Para Judge with a passion for dressage. She has a small livery and training yard based in Gateshead and work within the equine sector. With experience as both a competitor and judge, she hopes to offer support and guidance across the levels especially towards the new exam and judge training system 

Sarah McClarron