Regional committee

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

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

  • Chairman
  • Youth
  • Senior training
  • Coaching
  • Para
  • Judges
  • Marketing

Meet your committee

Chairman - Caroline Paterson


Caroline started her working life in the fast moving supply sector with two global brands, FedEx UK and McDonald’s. A decade was spent with the fast food giant working her way up the position of Field Marketing Executive before moving on to FedEx as General Manager at the Leicester depot. In 2009, she took the decision to retrain and follow her passion for equestrianism. She’s now a full time coach and holder of her UKCC Level 2 qualification as well as a BD list 3a judge. Caroline has been an active member of the Scotland region committee since 2018, first joining us in the position of judges representative.

Youth representative - Kerry Sutherland


With over 25 years in the equestrian industry Kerry is a qualified instructor with her own business, training and coaching individuals of all ages and standards, whether recreational or those looking to follow a career in the industry. Kerry took on the role as BD Youth rep in 2018 and works tirelessly to support Scotland's young riders.

Senior training representative - Linda Thomson


Linda is passionate about dressage having competed to Inter I including at Nationals and Premier League. Linda became a riding school instructor when leaving school at 16 and is now a freelance dressage trainer.

Coaching representative - Jean Stephen


Having been been involved in dressage for many years as a competitor, organiser, volunteer and coach Jean has a wealth of knowledge. Jean is a BD Accrediated coach and holds the UKCC level 3 qualification in both generic and dressage specific as well as BHS qualifications. 

Para representative - Johanne Picken


Johanne is a grade 4 para rider who competes two ex racehhorsesin dressageas well as a little low level, unaffiliated jumping with her older horse. Johanne has retrained both of ex racers herself, and was RDA Grade 4 Scottish champion in 2016 before going on to compete at the RDA National Championships in 2016 & 2017.

Judges representative - Gillian Peters


Gillian is a Chartered Accountant, teaching at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Gillian is a List 2a judge and has been judging throughout Scotland for over 25 years. As an active committee member of Gordon Dressage Group, Gillian as previously held the roles of Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. 

Marketing representative - Amelia Ratcliffe-Smith


Amelia has a an HND in Marketing and Degree in Public Relations (BA Hons) from Robert Gordon University. Amelia is the youngest member of our committee and was a member of the winning Scotland team at the 2017 BD Youth Home Internationals. Amelia has completed the bronze YELA award, hold the Pony Club B test in horse care and the UKCC level 1 coaching assistant qualification.