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Under 25 training opportunities

Dressage is all about training and BD Youth aims to give you the best possible start for a lifetime in the sport. On this page you can find all the information about what training is available to you and how you can get involved. Work through the page from grassroots to elite to learn about how you can start moving up the BD Youth levels.

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Regional Training
What can be better than meeting people your own age, who share the same interests as you and live just around the corner?! Each region hosts loads of training sessions and social activities throughout the year, so there's plenty of opportunity to have lessons with national and local trainers - plus make lots of new friends along the way. Plus, each region runs at least one session or camp during the school holidays.

The best part is, you don't need to be a BD member to have a taster of BD Youth but if after one session you'd like to continue with us, we'd love to have you as a member - give our Club membership a try. At just £35 for the year, it's jam-packed with loads of great benefits. Click here to find out more.

To find out what training is on in your area please take a look at the Regional Activities Page.

Training sessions / camps
BD Youth Regional Training days are open to all ages of riders from 25 and under. These invaluable days are designed to give you thorough basic training with your horse/pony to help you develop your skills and meet your goals.

Regional training sessions/camps run during the school holidays and include everything from test riding and training sessions to unmounted workshops and social activities.

There are special groups designed for under 11s riders that run alongside BD Youth Regional Training, to give even the youngest riders the best of starts.

Riders do not have to join British Dressage for their first session but will be encouraged to join BD as a minimum of a BD Youth member thereafter. Riders who wish to compete in affiliated classes dressage must be full members and also register their pony/horse.

Regional Squads
Squads will be developed within the Regions and an Inter Regional Team competition will be held each year. Combinations who show particular talent will be encouraged by their Regional Development Officer or BD Youth Regional Representative to apply for National Training.

Foundation Academies 
Do you want to be a BD Youth Foundation Academy rider?

You will receive coaching from a selection of leading riders including Dan Greenwood, Hannah Moody, Kate Cowell, Dan Sherriff, Hannah Biggs, Becky Moody, Andrew Gould and Harry Payne.

As a BD Youth Foundation Academy rider you will attend two 2-day camps running at four locations across the UK which include:

· Test riding with a top class Judge
· One to one performance profiling and goal setting
· Rider fitness, balance & core strength workshop
· Lecture demo by an inspirational rider
· Sports psychology workshops.
· BD branded Academy clothing
· Automatic eligibility for selection to the BEF funded National Academy


Three Foundation Academy camps in 2019 will be held at the following locations:

Alnwick Ford on the 19&20 October and the 14&15 December
Field House on the 5&6 October and Arena UK on the 16&17 November
Keysoe on the 26&27 October and Parwood on the 7&8 December

Applications for 2019 Foundation Academies will open on 1 May 2019 and close at midnight on 14 July.

For the 2019 Foundation Academy application criteria and application form click here


Regional Teams
Regions also select teams for Friendly Internationals in Ireland, the Home International and the BD Youth U25s Championships at Sheepgate EC, Lincolnshire.

Riders who are selected/invited to compete on BD Youth Regional teams must be full competing members of British Dressage and ponies/horses must be registered unless they are competing at Prelim level and competing at either the BD Youth Inter-Regional Squad competition, BD Youth Home International or BD Youth U25s Championship at Sheepgate. For all other competitions such as the friendly Internationals at Marlton and Cavan; the Irish competitions, riders must be full competing members and ponies/horses must be registered.

For information regarding the 2018 selection criteria please see the links below:

Regional Selection Policy

Progress Chart Inter Regionals 2018

Inter Regionals Information Sheet 2018

Progress Chart Sheepgate 2018

Sheepgate Teams Information Sheet 2018

Progress Chart Home International 2018

Home International Information Sheet 2018

Home International Schedule


Pony Team Test Riding Sessions

These sessions will be open to combinations who have achieved 63% or above in FEI Pony Team tests or Medium 73/75/76. Combinations will ride through the Team test in front of an FEI judge and receive feedback to help pick up those extra marks and maximize scores. The following day, combinations will work with one of the Pony trainers on the judge comments received to help improve test riding and help our Pony riders to start their 2018 season in fine form!

For any test riding or international queries please contact Sharon Weir on 02476 698834.

Squad training
The Prime and Progress squads are a vital stepping stone for Under 21s riders on their journey to International competitions and NAF Championship teams. Annual selection days see combinations submitted to either the Progress squad for developing riders showing great potential or the Prime squad for riders and horses with the ability to compete for Great Britain at CDI shows across Europe. Both squads offer highly valuable training camps which provide young riders with first class training both in and out of the saddle. 


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