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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 your taster session you'd like to continue with us, we'd love to have you as a member - join as a Club member and you can attend as many regional activities as you wish! 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 Club 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 a Youth 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.

Regional Teams
Regions also select teams for  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 and competing at either the BD Youth Inter-Regional Squad competition, BD Youth Home International or BD Youth U25s Championship at Sheepgate.

Information regarding the 2019 Eligibility and Requirements 

2019 Inter Regional Information Sheet

2019 Home International Information Sheet

Please be aware that in 2019 riders will be required to apply for selection to regional teams directly, this can be done via the relevant regional Bookwhen page.

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.