BD North& West Youth
If you're aged between six and 25 and want to get involved in dressage in your region, then BD Youth in the North & West region is for you!
BD Youth offers not only competitions, teams, prizes and top training, but also the chance to make new friends and have fun! Wherever you live there's a BD Youth group near you - so taking part is easy, simple and enjoyable.
North & West Youth Regional Representative
Your Youth Regional Rep is Sue Blackshaw. Sue is on hand to answer any questions you have about getting involved with BD Youth in the North & West region - you can call her on 07528 570681, or email her:
Here in the North & West region we host loads of training sessions and social activities throughout the year that you can get involved with! Have lessons with national and local coaches, meet fellow young riders with a passion for dressage and have great fun progressing towards your training goals. Sessions and camps run during the school holidays and over weekends and include everything from test riding and training to unmounted workshops, DVD sessions and social activities.
BD Youth Squads
When you start your BD Youth training journey within your region, you can attend assessment days to be allocated to a BD Youth Regional Squad. Being squad assessed opens up a whole bunch of opportunities for team competition, including the Home International, BD Youth U25s Championships and Inter Regionals.
If you're ready to be squad assessed then you can book onto an assessment day within the region:
Squad Assessments and Horse Care Course
In 2020 we launched our BD Horse Care course designed to help you as a rider learn all of the fundamentals in caring for horses. If you’re a BD Youth rider who is looking to be eligible to compete our regional teams after December 2020, you’ll need to have begun working through the horse care online course.
We have three BD Youth Ambassadors in the region; Lucy McKeown, Hannah Bailey and Ella Stuttard, through our Youth Ambassador Scheme. If you see them out and about make sure you say hi!
BD Youth Rider League
A friendly competition within the Northern region for anyone who has been squad assessed! Compete within the category that is the level you've been assessed at during the squad assessment process (D Squad, C Squad, C+ Squad, B Squad, B+ Squad, A Squad) - each category will have an overall winner, with placings down to 10th.