In Wales we have a Regional Committee of volunteers who help to run the region - meet the team that keep Wales on the map!
Each committee member has their own area of expertise, the regional committee for Wales consists of representatives for the following areas:
- Senior training
- Quest Club
Meet your Committee
Chairman - Mike Mullis
Mike is a retired Army Officer and Police Officer, who has spent the past 35 years as a volunteer within the Army Cadet Force; a youth organisation. He learnt to ride at Sandhurst, and was a member of the Great Britain Team that went to the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in 1973. Mike's been a competing member of BD for 10+ years, so brings a lot of experience to the role. He is however keen to learn more and always welcomes advice from our members!
I am sure by working together as a team, including members and committee members, BD Wales will achieve greater success over all areas in the coming few years, and who knows what we can achieve? I look forward to meeting many of you as I visit competitions...good luck to all of you.
Youth Representative - Kelly Bergheim
Kelly has been an active member of BD Wales for 15 years in many roles; as a rider up to PSG level, UKCC Level 2 Coach, BD List 3 Judge and a show organiser at Celaeron Equestrian Centre. Being passionate about the sport of dressage in the UK and within her area of West Wales has enabled Kelly to encourage many members from Quest Club upwards. Kelly is relatively new to the Youth Rep role but has lots of exciting ideas to drive our Youth activity.
Youth Representative - Megan Roberts
Megan has been a member of BD Wales since she was 10 years old. She has experience at all BD Youth Championships from Prelim to PSG and also at international level. As a UKCC Level 2 Coach, Megan especially enjoys coaching grassroots riders. Having participated in the recent BEF Young Professional Program and AASE course, Megan is excited to share her passion with other Youth riders and can’t wait to provide support and insight to fellow members.
Senior Representative - Bethan Powell
Bethan is one of our newest committee members. Based in Abergavenny, she helps manage Senior activities in South and West Wales. Having ridden on teams at the Senior Inter Regionals for the first time in 2019, Bethan is keen to share her experiences and encourage others to ride for Wales. As a regular participant of BD Wales activities, Bethan is also a List 6 BD Judge.
Senior Representative - Helen Hopewell
Helen is another new committee member working alongside Bethan whilst managing Senior activities in North Wales. Having represented Wales at team events for a number of years, Helen is able to offer her knowledge to the whole team selection process.
Coaches Representative - Amanda Leaker
Amanda is a UKCC Level 3 Coach and also attended the National Development Programme. Both of which have enabled Amanda to support and advise anyone interested in the coaching opportunities offered by British Dressage. Amanda identified the Sport Wales funding which enabled us to put 10 new coaches through their UKCC Level 2 qualification. Having hosted the course at her own venue, Amanda fully understands all aspects of the UKCC course from conception to delivery.
Para Representative - Tracy Ormrod
Tracy is a UKCC Level 2 Coach, Youth and Para trainer who has ridden a number of different horses up to Inter 1 level. She became involved with the Para world through her mum who is a grade 2 rider with MS. Since that date some years ago she has been involved with training para riders up to international level, sourcing and bringing on Para horses for riders and is passionate about getting more grass roots para riders involved. Tracy divides her time between running a technology company, riding and competing her own horses and coaching other riders.
Judges Representative - Dianne Breeze
Dianne is a BD List 3 Judge and UKCC Level 3 Coach. She is also an international dressage rider and has been placed at Regional and National Championships over many years at levels Novice - PSG. Having trained and competed many horses to Grand Prix, Dianne has herself trained with Stephen Clarke, Kalman DeJunerak, Ferdi Eilberg and over the last 30 years with Carl Hester. Dianne ensures that we have regular training, exams and activities for our judges in Wales.
Marketing Representative - Jen Smithson
Jen is based in Usk and has worked at management level in sales, marketing and recruitment for the last 15 years. As a keen amateur rider she has represented Wales at the Senior Home International for the last 3 years. Her main focus is on increasing the sponsorship appeal and opportunities of BD Wales.
Marketing Representative - Cethin Ravenhill
Cethin is from Pembrokeshire but based at Little Mill Equestrian in Carmarthen. She qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2018 and was a keen riding team and committee member throughout her university career. She has worked as an Equine Vet since graduating, but is currently having a break to focus on riding. Cethin has been an enthusiastic Pony Club member and has loved her transition to dressage over the last 5 years! She attended her first Wales team event last year - winning the Elementary championship at the Senior Home International. Cethin is passionate about dressage and can’t wait to start sharing rider profiles and event reports with the BD Wales family!
Quest Club Representative - Lorry Davies
Lorry has previously managed 2 Team Quest teams so she fully understands the support that our Quest Club members need. Lorry would like to get our Quest members more involved with BD Wales activities and has identified for need for Quest specific training clinics and camps.