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National Convention

British Dressage National Convention 

Join us at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire 24 – 25 November as we celebrate our 20th anniversary with 2018’s British Dressage National Convention supported by Harrison Clark Rickerbys. This year, we’ll be looking at dressage with ‘20:20 vision’, from the viewpoint of a panel of leading experts including elite riders and trainers Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Sophie Wells plus FEI 4* Judge Peter Storr and Dr Rachel Murray, Senior Orthopaedic Advisor at the Animal Health Trust. 

The term 20:20 vision is used to indicate perfect sight, which is what dressage riders, coaches and judges spend their careers striving for, in their attempt to achieve total harmony between horse and rider. The perfect ten, achieved through excellence, clarity, flawlessness… That’s always the focus but a number of different factors are involved in making it happen.

To celebrate 20 years, our present to you is a new early-bird ticket rate on weekend and daily tickets available now until Sunday 23 September. All tickets are just £72 for a weekend pass or £45 to join us on one of the days. After this, prices rise with rates for BD members, BHS members and non-members. Also, we’re offering tickets at this rate for anyone under 25 throughout the booking process. You can book online via Eventbrite or over the phone by calling 02476 698833/831. Please note that under 25 tickets must be booked by phone to verify age.

Provisional timetable: 

Saturday 24 November  

10:00 Welcome and Introduction Paul Hayler, BD Training Director

10:00 -12:45 Building blocks - Novice to Small Tour

Expectations, turning potential to success and managing horse and rider.

Emile Faurie, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray 

14:00Para production

Discovering the ability in riders with a disability and producing medal winning combinations.

Sophie Wells, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

14:45 Inter inspiration

Increasing the intensity, looking towards international ambition and the increased demands on combinations.

Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray 

15:15 GP goals

The evolution of the sport’s elite level, developing the equine athlete and the challenges of management for peak performances.

Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

16:15 Closing comments

Questions, highlights and learnings from the day. Paul Hayler, Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

Sunday 25 November

10:00 – 12:45 Performing precisely Novice to Small Tour

Test riding from the view of the rider, coach and judge.

Emile Faurie, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

14:30 Inter intent

Test riding, bridging the gap to Grand Prix and management of the elite quine athlete.

Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray 

15:15 Freestyle formula

Evolution of the GP freestyle to dancing horse status, preparing a medal winning floorplan and balancing technical and artistic to wow the judges.

Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

16:15 Closing comments

 

Questions, highlights and learnings from the day. Paul Hayler, Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Peter Storr and Rachel Murray

 

Previous National Convention hosts:

2017 - The German Way Forward: Innovation, Insight, Inspiration - Michael Klimke and Ulf Moller

2016 - Dressage for all

2015 - Best of British

2014 - Helen Langehanenberg

2013 - Adelinde Cornelissen

2012 - Carl Hester

2011 - The Bartels family

2010 - Klaus Balkenhol and the Bechtolsheimers

2009 - Jean Bemelmans

2008 - Jean Bemelmans

2007 - Hubertus Schmidt

2006 - Anky van Grunsven

2005 - Beatriz Ferrer-Salat

2004 - Ulla Salzgeber

2003 - Jo Hinnermann

2002 - Jo Hinnermann

2001 - Conrad Schumacher

 

 


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