Scotland 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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Scotland Regional Committee

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.

Linda Thomson

Senior training representative

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.

Kerry Sutherland

Youth representative

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.

Gillian Peters

Judges representative

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. 

Johanne Picken

Para representative

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.

Sam Turpitt

Marketing Representative

Sam works full time as an IT project manager for the Sword IT group as well as volunteering for numerous dressage related organisations including Gordon Dressage Group, Dressage Supporters Scotland Club and British Dressage Scotland Region. Sam is based in Aberdeenshire and understands the geographical challenges of our region, regularly making the long trip south to compete in National Championships and Home Internationals.

Jade Struthers

Marketing Representative

Jade has recently completed her 3rd year of university at SRUC Edinburgh studying for a degree in Rural Business Management and manages the social media for an equine jewellery business. Jade has been a member of British Dressage for almost 12 years having started her journey as a member of BD Youth and regularly competes at National Championships.