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! 

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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
  • Senior training - Sarah Farrand
  • Coaching - Charlotte Wilson
  • Para - Gillian Brown
  • Judges - Gwyneth Lewis
  • 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 Uni 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 upto 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, knowledgable, sportsmanlike riders of the future.

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 Chef d 'equipe.

Charlotte Wilson


Charlotte is the regions Coaching Representative. Charlotte runs Snainton Riding Centre near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is a BD List 3a dressage 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.

Gwyneth Lewis


Gwyneth is a list 1 judge and UKCC level 3 coach and has competed up to Grand Prix. She is the Judges Representative for the Northern Region. Gwyneth is point of contact for judges, competitors and organisers and regularly feeds back info to British Dressage Head Office. She is responsible for organising judge training in the region. She is always happy to help judges competitors and organisers with any queries etc they may have as is experienced in the dressage world from all aspects.

Sarah McClarron