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Training Opportunities

 National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence 2018/19

Aimed at coaches who sustain and grow participation in equestrian sports 

 The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence is aimed at coaches working with adult and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation motives. Coaches wanting to join this programme will be ambitious in improving their own performance and will already have success in getting more people participating in equestrian sport and retaining them in the sport by creating enjoyable coaching environments. This is a cross discipline programme involving; British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing.

Aims of the programme:

To recognise the importance of  high performing coaches working with riders at grass roots  level

To use research and case studies from within and outside of equestrian sport to inform coaching practice at grass roots level

To support coaches to reflect and review their own performance and set personal development plans

To develop coaches with expertise to influence coaching programmes that improve rider’s experiences

What the programme will involve:

A 12 month programme with eight contact days

A mix of seminar and practical workshops

A group of up to 20 coaches to be involved from across a range of equestrian disciplines.

Starting in Autumn 2018

The cost for the programme is £250 with Sport England supporting 50% of the overall cost.

All places will be allocated following an interview process.

Who should apply?

Any coach who wants to improve their own performance and is particularly interested in supporting recreational competitors

Coaches should already hold a UKCC level 3 qualification (or equivalent)

Coaches who already demonstrate a degree of the high performing criteria listed below.

High Performing Grassroots Coach Criteria:

Ability to think innovatively and put ideas into action

Able to build strong relationships with riders and between riders

Able to establish and maintain a positive environment for riders

Aid the development of riders on an individual basis and are perceptive to their needs and wants

Build and sustain rider’s love of the sport and their involvement

Show a commitment to on-going learning and personal development

Act as an ambassador for the sport and positively influence the development of programmes to improve rider and driver experiences

Understand participant pathways into and across equestrian sport

Successful candidates for NDPCE cohort 2018/19

Patsy Bartram

Melissa Beer

Amy Blount

Leonie Brown

Angela Eastwood

Gillian Liggins

Alison Kenward

Liz Properjohn

Applications for 2018/2019 have now closed. Applications for the following year 2019/2020 will open in May 2019.


Trainers List 2019

Membership for the trainers list runs from 1st January 2019 - 31 December 2019. You must be a Full or Non-competing member to be part of the list. The cost is £30 for the year. To join, please click here

As well as completing the online application above, you will need to complete and return the Personal Disclosure Form. To download the Personal Disclosure form please click here. To download a copy of our Coaches Code of Conduct then please click here.

For more information on the trainers list, please contact Viki Dicesare on 02476698833 or 


As a coach you will need a minimum of public liability insurance, to cover you when working as a coach within the industry. We recommend Shearwater Insurance who provide various levels of covers, as well as offering all BD members a small discount.

If you are a BHS Accredited Professional Coach, we will require proof that you took out the additional insurance cover, and are not just using the standard cover which covers you for recreational activities only. We will also need the expiry date of your membership to enable us to monitor when your insurance cover will be due for renewal.

First Aid

The first aid qualifications accepted for the trainers list are:

The two-day initial BHS equine specific first aid course, followed by the one-refresher BHS equine specific first aid course every two years. These course are held regularly all over the country and details of these can be found here.

A three-day First Aid in the Workplace course, followed by a refresher FAW course when stated by the independent course provider. Advised providers include The Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance.

An Ofqual accredited level 3 certificate where the course has been run over three days.

No other first aid courses, including those done online, will be accepted.

Safeguarding Courses

British Dressage recommends the following safeguarding courses:-

British Horse Society

Sports Coach UK

Your safeguarding course can be renewed online after three years. 6 years after the initial course you will be required to do a face-to-face course again.

Coaches who work with Para riders are encouraged to attend one of the Safeguarding courses that are run by the RDA and cover Adults at Risk.

Regional BD Youth Coaches / BD Youth Rider Test Assessor

Please note there is a set criteria for BD Youth Regional Coaches and Rider Test Assessors which includes Safeguarding and attending BD Youth Rider Test Development sessions.  If you would like more details on this, please contact Hannah James in the BD Youth Dept. All trainers working with riders under the age of 18 must attend a Safeguarding workshop to increase awareness and understanding, to be able to identify and cope with any concerns.  These trainers will also be DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service which was CRB) every 3 yrs which is standard practice in many sports involving young people. The cost of your DBS check is £61.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

DBS checks can be done on-line and if done through the British Horse Society, BD, Pony Club, BE or BS can be used for any of these disciplines as we are all under the umbrella of the BHS.  The cost of this is £61 including the cost of your documents being sent recorded delivery.

In any other instance unless an extra fee is paid on line, DBS checks are not transferable from one position to another.

The login details for British Dressage members to do a Disclosure and Barring Service check is as below:-

Disclosure and Barring website

User No:              britishremote

Password:            british93592

There is an information sheet to assist you to do the check – please email Sharon Weir if you would like a copy of this.

Please ensure that you put in details to go Route 1 (this includes passport, driving licence) or there is an additional fee to have your documents verified.

Your original documents to support this application will have to be sent (recorded delivery please) or brought into the BD office once you have completed your application so that we can verify it for you.

Safeguarding concerns

Please send any concerns to Charlotte Osborne (email: or tel: 02476 087809) also please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte for further information, advice or support.