Our Regional Committee
In the South & West we have a Regional Committee of volunteers who help to run the region - meet the team that keep the South & West on the map!
South & West Regional Committee
Susie Cumine, has been involved in dressage for over forty years, has trained with David Hunt and Jane Bredin/Gregory, owner of Sandpitts Farm where Jane was based for eleven years. Rode and competed to PSG on many horses, as well as owned and competed Cupido who later, with Jane, was part of British team from 1994, at The Hague World Equestrian Games, Atlanta Olympics, as well as Europeans Championships. Co-owner of Lucky Star who represented GB at Being Olympics. Became a dressage judge after retiring from riding, and is at the moment a list 3a judge.
I am a BD Ukcc level 3 qualified coach, a List 2 and para dressage judge. Now retired after spending 30 years working in the Equine department at Duchy College, coaching beginners to advanced level throughout these years. An active member of BD since 1975 competing regularly and have been lucky enough to ride to PSG. I am now the Senior Training Rep and the Coaching Rep for the South & West Committee.
I have been involved in British Dressage since I was 14 years old and took part in the various Youth Activities (BYRDS) until I was 25 doing the Talent Spotting Scheme on two of my horses. When I was 18, I helped with the training in Cornwall BYRDS with Helen Sisson and enjoyed teaching the younger fledgling riders especially.
I currently train two Pony Clubs on a regular basis and am the BD Youth Rep for Cornwall, where I enjoy encouraging riders both at the start of their journey and working to develop the older riders progress through their training.
Clare is also a UKCC BD Specific Level 3 Coach, BD Youth Assessor, BD List 2 Judge, BD Judge Educator, BD Para Judge, Level 3 in Tutoring and Assessing as well as a BHS II freelance Coach and Rider – competing up to Int 1 level on my own horses and training people of all ages up to PSG level dressage / Adv eventing.
I am a BHS Accredited Professional coach and have my UKCC 3, I have an up-to-date Safeguarding certificate and First Aid certificate. I have worked in a variety of settings including Racing, Dressage, Eventing and 10 years working in a riding school - working my way up from working pupil to yard manager. For the past 20 years, until very recently I have owned and managed my own livery yard, we are now currently looking to purchase and develop a training facility.
During that time, I have been a freelance coach to a broad range of clients of all ages and abilities, studied Psychology and Psychotherapy at University and have become an Advanced Centre 10 Coach studying Applied Psychology for Equestrian Coaches with Charlie Unwin. I have recently completed a 6-month Accelerator programme with Sarah Huntly, during this course I have designed a 5-week Mindset Matters programme offering riders dismounted sessions to cover topics such as Goal Setting, Performance Profiling, Focus, Confidence and Mindset.
For the past 10 years I have been Somerset County Co-Ordinator for BD Youth and Seniors. I have enjoyed the role greatly, being part of a supportive team and helping to organise clinics and training has been brilliant fun, with a highlight being Somerset Youth riders winning the Inter County Challenge 2020.
I am also a trainee judge, having passed the DVD and Written paper and a mock exam, sadly with the disruption of Covid my practical exam was cancelled but I am keen to complete this as soon as possible.
After competing and training with my horses I decided to learn to become a Judge. I have worked my way through all levels from List 6 to List 2. I was Chairman of the South West Region for 8 years and I am now the Region’s Judges Rep.
I am a BHSI and RDA Advanced Coach. Trained several riders from RDA through to Para National level. I am an RDA national trainer, been part of the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence run by BE(F). I have trained and competed at Grand Prix and have gained points at Inter 2.
I have ridden since the age of 7 and competed in all disciplines up to the age of 30 when I decided to focus solely on dressage. I have competed successfully up to a few years ago when I sadly lost both my horses but continue to be involved through my work with British Dressage South & West. I have volunteered for them for 4 years and been on the committee for the last 3. I love being part of the team, the camaraderie and have made some wonderful friends for life!