Senior/U25 selection information
If you're a current or aspiring Senior international athlete, take a look at the links below to get to grips with the current squad requirements, selection policies and further information.
When starting out on the international competition scene, it's a good idea to begin either on home turf (Hartpury or Keysoe) or at a foreign competition just across the channel in northern France, Belgium or Holland, as many of these organisers welcome riders in Small Tour competitions.
If you’re interested in competing in any international competitions, please take a look at the information document below or contact Senior International Officer Lianne Martin who will be happy to help you.
FEI Riders licenses, FEI Horse passports & WADA
All international dressage competitions are run under FEI rules. All riders and horses competing at an international show need to be registered with the FEI, which costs £20 per horse/rider annually. Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure you and your horses are currently registered with the FEI. FEI registration forms are available from Lianne.
If your horse is competing in a CDI, you are required to have an FEI recognition card (FEI passport). If your horse has a national passport, we will give it an FEI cover, which costs £220. FEI recognition is valid for four years. Please let the office know at least two months before you are due to go abroad to allow enough time for the paperwork to be processed. Download the FEI recognition form here.
Please be aware that those with FEI riders licences will need to have therapeutic use exemption forms and / or declaration of use forms before they compete whilst taking a prohibited substance. In order for riders to check the status of a substance, the Global Drug Reference Online website should be referred to. We advise athletes to print a record of their searches. In addition, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has published its list of prohibited substances.
Riders living abroad
If you are a British rider living abroad and wish to compete in national competitions in your country of residence, you need to apply for permission from BD and be a current Full competing member. You will need to apply in writing and you will receive a signed and stamped paper, which you must take with you to shows. There is no charge for this.
If you are living abroad, would like to compete in international competitions and have not been seen by any of the selectors, you need to send a letter with a list of your results as well as a video of you and your horse to BD.
Please bear in mind you always need permission from your National Federation in order to compete abroad even if you have a private invitation from a show organiser or are competing nationally.