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Training Opportunities

Trainers List 2018

Membership for the trainers list runs from 1st January 2018 - 31 December 2018. You must be a Full or Non-competing member to be part of the list. The cost is £25 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.

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 Assessors

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 Sharon Weir 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. 

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 Sharon Weir (email: or tel: 02476 698834) – please do not hesitate to contact them for further information, advice or support.