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Welcome to the Northern Region page where you can find the latest news, activities and links to training and events.  

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Your Regional Development Officer is Jo Byrne
Email: Click here
Call Jo:  07783 791191
Jo represents British Dressage in the Northern Region, being the first point of contact and working closely with Head Office to develop, promote and support BD activities. She provides a key method of communicating the views and interests of the Northern Region’s members and works with the region’s competition centres planning dates, offering support to organisers and ensuring centres meet the BD criteria. 

Your Chairman is Vikki Hayton 
Email:   Click here
Call:     07860 276578
Vikki is our British Dressage Northern Region Chairman. Vikki’s role as Regional Chairman is to provide leadership for the committe and to support the British Dressage Northern Region. Vikki has a strong interest in dressage, has been actively involved with the sport as a BD Trainer/UKCC and list 4 Judge and BHSI with masters in Teaching. She brings a balanced overview to the implementation of the policies agreed by the board and the main technical committees. Vikki Chairman works closely with the Jo (RDO) to ensure that the Regional Committee functions effectively to maximise the potential of each area. Vikki encourages collaborative working and assists in resolving any issues within the region.

 Latest News

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Northern Region Presentation Dinner and Ball at Tankersley Manor Hotel on Saturday 26 January 2019

The Awards presented will be a combination of Nominations, Results, Youth Rider League and a member vote for your favourite Competition Venues. We will also recognise riders who have represented Great Britain.

Nominations are now invited for the following.  To nominate for any of the below categories please Click here. 

One form per member - please nominate and in no more than 250 words tell us why.  Nominations will close on 30 November 2018, the shortlists published and the winners announced on the night!

The Equitrek Trophy
Awarded to a Northern Region UKCC Coach for outstanding contribution to members development through regional training in 2018

The Chrissie Havis Shield
Awarded to a Northern Region Tutor Judge for outstanding contribution to members development in the region in 2018

The RDO Cup
Awarded to a Northern region volunteer making a significant contribution to the region and members in 2018

The Big Murph Cup, kindly donated by Alice Elliott                   
Awarded to a Northern rider, competing bronze or silver, achieving notable success with a Draught or part bred Draught horse in 2018 (
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The Catherine Marshall Cup. kindly donated by Catherine Marshall Physiotherapy                   
Awarded to a Northern rider/horse or combination overcoming individual physical challenges in 2018

The Hart Shield, kindly donated by Shirley Hart
Awarded to a Senior Team Member representing the region in year for outstanding contribution to Senior Teams in 2018

The Sheepgate Equestrian Youth Trophy
Awarded to the most promising Northern BD Youth rider of 2018 (nominee must be part of 2018 BD Youth published squad)

The following Trophies will be awarded on the night

The Mount St John Trophy
Awarded to the highest % achieved by a Northern Youth Rider (under 25) at the British Dressage National Sumnmer Championships 2018

The Benjamin Rosebowl, kindly donated by Caroline Tupling
Awarded to the highest % achieved by a Northern Rider at the Northern Petplan Area Festival Finals (Second Round) 2018

The Sophie Wells MBE Para Trophy
Awarded to the highest Individual combined % by a Northern PARA rider at the Home International in 2018

The Esberger Family Bronze                           
Awarded to a Northern region rider (under 25 at the end of the calendar year) having notable International success in 2018
The Sir Oliver Freestlyle Trophy                         
Awarded to the highest % achieved by a Northern Rider at the Winter Regional Championships in a Silver Freestyle Class

Certificates presented for Northern members representing the Region and competing Internationally home or away in 2018

Youth Rider League - Rosettes and Sashes to 10th

Under 12                  Equivisions Dressage to Music Design                                 
C Squad (A)            GB Bodybuilders                               
C Squad (B)            Sue Carson Saddles                       
B Squad                   Sheepgate Tack and Togs               
A Squad                   Victoria Spalding Physiotherapy                                     

For full results Click here


Chairs Awards - Vikki Hayton 
Member vote for Large Northern Venue of 2018 (Regularly running 2 competition arenas or more and/or holding Major BD Events)

Member vote for Small Northern Venue of 2018


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Our Sponsors 
  Sue Carson Saddles 07946 642578 / 01629 540343
  Email: Click here


Sue Carson Saddles have been manufacturing, retailing and fitting top quality, made to measure saddles using top quality leathers in the UK and Ireland for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on our service and only supply our saddles through our team of dedicated, countrywide saddle fitters.  Our independent distributors are all accomplished and experienced riders and fitters. Whatever your discipline and level, we can make the perfect saddle for you and your horse and support this on an ongoing basis.


Whether you are looking for a Dressage Saddle, a Jumping Saddle, a Show Saddle, a Pony Saddle or a General Purpose (GP) Saddle we can help. Please give us a call and see what we can do for you and your horse.



GB Bodybuilders (Horseboxes)  07967 454213 / 01388 666773

 Email: Click here


A family run business which provides quality built horseboxes and Sporthomes at affordable prices.


Our aim is to give you exactly what you need from your horsebox or sporthome and we offer an after sales service, which is there when you need it.  We also offer insurance work, box conversions and other repair work.  The majority of our horseboxes are bespoke to our customer’s satisfaction. With your ideas and our expertise and advice we can offer an excellent service leaving you with a horsebox that you enjoy driving and are happy with.  Regular updates and communications throughout the build of these bespoke horseboxes.


  Sheepgate Tack and Togs
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Sheepgate is a family run business and a popular BD Venue, hosting affiliated competitions, Premier League and the Sheepgate Under 25 Championships. 'Well worth the journey'
Tack and Togs is an onsite retail shop, selling everything horse and rider could need and stocking all the major brands.  They are also available online and the website has recently been re launched and is 'Well worth a click!''

View and Search BD Schedules: Click Here
Major Competition dates 2018 and provisional for 2019: Click Here
BD Venues: Click Here

Quest Venues: Click Here

 Your Coaching Representative is Charlotte Wilson
 Email: Click here
 Call:   07949 076141
Charlotte is the regions Coaching Representative. Charlotte runs Snainton Riding Centre near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is a BD List 4 dressage Judge, a UKCC Level 3 British Dressage Accredited Coach and UKCC Level 3 Generic Coach. Charlotte also holds the British Horse society's Instructors certificate (BHSI) She is very keen to develop coaching opportunities within the region.
UK Coaching Certificate
As part of a national initiative to standardise and benchmark the quality of sports coaching in the UK, the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) has been introduced, and will ultimately be tailored to meet the needs of all sports.
Equestrian, including dressage, is in the first set of 21 priority sports to be putting the UKCC into practice. The aim is for the UKCC to be recognised as a mark of safe, quality coaching, as well as providing a clear, structured path for personal improvement for coaches.
 For more information - Click Here
UKCC Level 3



Senior Training 
Your Senior Training/Rider Representative
    Sarah Wade
    Email:     Click Here
    Call:         07941 640148
Sarah has joined the committee to look after Senior Training with an emphasis on teams and their preparation. She is a Lawyer by profession and has enjoyed her horses and dressage as a hobby. She is an active competitor and BD Listed Judge. She has been a regular member of Senior Teams and Chef d 'equipe.
 Are you interested in riding for Northern Region in 2018? A handy guide has been produced for Senior Teams Click here
Fiona Lowrey
Email:     Click Here
Call:         07790 289442    
Fiona is the Senior Training Representative and has been involved with horses most of her life, competing in showing,hunter trials and riding club activities and has previously been a riding club committee member. Based in the north of the region near Newcastle on Tyne, she is working to develop training opportunities. Fiona is also a BD Listed Judge.

Your Para Representative is Gillian Brown
Email:       Click Here
Call:           07872 923456

Gillian is the Para Dressage Representative. Gillian Brown has been a BD member since she was 18 years old; she helps run the family farm and competes her two horses on a regular basis both in able bodied and Para dressage. As a Para rider she has valuable insight in how to become a BD Para rider and the various options open to both new and already classified riders. Gillian trained at Etal with Lady Joicey and now trains with Angela Weiss and Gwyneth Lewis our Northern judges Representative. Gillian is one of the most Northerly members in the Northern Region.

New Para Competition Structure
From 1 Dec 2018 there will be a revised competition structure that mirrors able bodied structures, qualifying periods, and ability to progress young or inexperienced horses and riders. The ultimate aim is to provide a supportive competitive environment that provides incentive to progress with harmony.  It will also provide a pathway for the development of combinations from entry level to international selectability.    
Transitional Arrangements for the Winter Championships 2019
Gold riders unaffected as they had to qualify for their semi final at Wellington, which was before the old cut off.  To confirm, all points accrued after Wellington will count towards winter qualification. 12 points needed for Winter Championships 2019 and 6 of these can come from CPEDIs that occur in the qualifying period.
Silver and bronze riders, Summer Championship qualifying period ends on 30 Jul 18.  The winter qualifying period is 31 Jul to 30 Nov; this is shorter period due to the changeover.
Silver riders – accrue 8 points in the period 31 Jul – 30 Nov.  This is a one off regulation designed purely to bridge a hard changeover to the new date periods.   In future years, the period will be 17 Jun – 30 Nov as above.
Bronze riders now have their own Winter Championship at Myerscough in Feb 19. Gain 2 x 60%+’s in the period 31 Jul – 30 Nov for an invite to compete at the inaugural Bronze Winter Championships.


Getting started with PARA

For further information on competing, or to request a free booklet to help get you started, contact Rachel tel: 02476 698837. 

For the main BD Para page please click here


Intro Shows

PARA Intro Judges - Click here

PARA BEF Entry Programme

Information and applications

PARA Classification

PARA Classification Policy - Click here

FEI PARA Equestrian Classification Manual  - Click Here

National Classification Forms - Click Here

British Blind Sport Information - Click Here

PARA /RDA Dressage National Classification Policy -Click here

 RDA Website for Classification information Click here

Other useful Documents

PARA Dressage Competition Guide 

PARA National Calendar- events and activities


Your BD Youth Representative is Lucinda Bird
Email:     Click here
Call:       07846 893109
Lucinda competes in British Dressage from Prelim to Advanced, is a UKCC level 2 and a BD List 5 Judge. 


*** NEW! BD Youth Rider Squad Tests & Information Click here *****
New to BD Youth?

If you are aged between 6 and 25 and enjoy your dressage then BD Youth is for you. Training, camps and taster sessions are all open to BD members and non members, but of course we would love you to become part of our 'club' 
Club membership gives you access to Team Quest, My Quest, Preliminary competitions (bronze or gold sections), music classes and combined training.  Full membership is access to everything, including our BD Youth team competitions.
BD Youth is committed to rider development and we have a clear pathway through ages and abilities.  At each level there are a number of rider tests, ridden as a dressage test but judged in three sections:
  • Riders seat and effectiveness of aids
  • Riders influence on the way of going
  • Riders control of movements in test
Between January and April each year we hold coaching and assessment sessions.  These comprise a shared coaching session with a BD Youth assessor/coach and a ride through one of the tests. They also include a session  with parents to talk about plans and opportunities for the year ahead and to answer any questions you have.  We hold these at BD venues and they are friendly and inclusive days to meet other riders and parents too.

BD Youth Rider Squad Tests & Information Click here


Riders stay in the squad they are assessed for the year and a reassessed each year to see if they are ready to move up.

During the year we then have a spring and autumn two day camp, day camps, training days, and access to flexi training with our BD Assessor coaches who are all on our database, are trained in safeguarding and are DBS checked.
BD Youth Ambassador Scheme
 We have appointed three new ambassadors 
Charlotte Clark - age 22
Maisie Turnbull - age 18
Emily Clarke-Attwood - age 18
BD Youth Rider League 2019
For more information Click here

Open to riders who have attended a coaching and assessment day between 1 December 2018 and 14 April 2019  Once you have been assessed and your squad is agreed you can ride further BD Youth Rider tests at competitions, camps, training days and at flexi training with a BD Youth assessor.  Send in your results and collect your points. Your best 4 scores to the end of September including Inter Regionals can be used and progress will be published in the BD Youth section below. Awards will be presented at our Awards Ball in January 2020 to celebrate achievements over the year and sponsored by our regional sponsors Sheepgate Tack and Togs, Sue Carson Saddles and GB Bodybuilders (Horseboxes)

 BD Youth Selection: (Published Soon)
BD Youth Foundation Academies A, B & B+ Squad Riders 2019
Information Coming Soon
BD Youth Team Squads for 2019

If you are considering applying for teams please read the eligibility (Coming Soon) carefully under Regional Activities/Team Competitions.


Regional Teams
Rule book references - Page 146 - 148 (Rules 166 - 171) Team Competitions

 Your Judges Representative is Gwyneth Lewis 
  Email:   Click here
  Call:         07710 021279 
Gwyneth is the Judges Representative for the Northern Region. Gwyneth is point of contact for judges, competitors and organisers with judging issues. Gwyneth regularly feeds back info to British Dressage Head Office and is responsible for organising judge training in the region. There are ongoing sessions this summer. 
Could you be a Judge

Are you interested becoming a judge? There is a new system in place for exams and how to apply to become one. Please click here for more details.

Judge Testing

Exam system explained 2017


Regional Judge Training

We now have a National Judges Calendar which shows all training and events for all regions click here to view


Your Marketing Representative is
        Lynne White
        Email: Click here
        Phone: 07962 261617
Lynne is the marketing representative for the seniors, para and coaching. She has worked in the marketing profession for almost 20 years with both a degree and postgraduate diploma in the subject. She has recently started competing in British Dressage.


Key Benefits:

  • Promotion in all our regional newsletters, flyers, webpage and Social Media campaigns
  • Social Media reach to more than just our members, informing them about your product and any special offers
  • Opportunities to introduce your product at special events and training camps
  • Brand awareness via our marketing through events, social media and regional communications
  • Feedback on click rates through regional commincations so you can monitor yourselves the interest your product is getting

Sponsorship package details


If you are interested and would like to discuss further then please contact Jo Byrne on 07783 791191 or email Jo


Regional Clothing 


BD Youth


Fan Wear



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