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Northern region

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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 Level 3 and list 3 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


BD Youth


The rider league has been updated Saturday 21 September. Please remember you need to be a minimum of a club member, have had two different assessors and a minimum of four tests to be placed.  I must also have your sheets by email (scan or photo) to verify. Click here to see the latest.  Go down to the BD Youth section to download the full criteria. The league finishes 30 September.

Senior Home International Selection



 TACK ROOM TO 5K Challenge

We are hugely fortunate to have sponsorship from Sheepgate Tack and Togs, GB Bodybuilders, Sue Carson Saddles and new this year Hird and Partners (Sheffield) and we have done more this year with fundraising from last to support a range of events and importantly this year the costs of a Coach on hand at our team competitions.  I am often asked if we can fund more and indeed our fundraising in comparison to some regions is fairly modest, so here is our challenge to try to do more both in preparation for and to support team activities in 2020.

Rather than Couch to 5k as we now you are already active, the challenge is Tack room to 5k
5K is 6562 steps rounded up, but you can achieve the equivalent on foot/bike/horse/creatively, and that may mean encouraging our back-up teams for our PARA riders to get involved.
We are looking to announce the figure raised at our Northern Ball on January 25th 2020, so we will run this to the end of the year.
This doesn’t have to be a solo venture and if you want to do something similar as a group that would be great. For everyone raising monies/groups there will be a certificate and recognition in an early 2020 newsletter.
Click here for a Sponsor Form and we have also set up a Just Giving Page

To download a sponsor form Click here


Applications are now invited for the Senior Home International at Wellington Riding 18-20 October 2019. To apply please Click here

For further information on Team Competitions, including the Senior Selection Policy please follow this link -Team Competitions 


Senior Northern Region Rider Test League 2019

The league is intended as a friendly competition for Bronze and Silver Riders in the region and there will be an overall winner for each level and placings down to 10th.  The prize giving will be at the presentation ball in January 2020 with premium rosettes at each level.


·        Preliminary                      P17a (Long) P18 (Short)

·        Novice                               N23(Long)  N34(Short)

·        Elementary                       E53(Long) E50 (Short)

·        Medium                             M73(Long) M71 (Short)

·        Advanced Medium           AM91 (Long) AM93 (Short)

What to enter?

·    Ride a test in training at the level you are eligible Bronze or Silver as a combination

What to do?

·    Ride your test at any BD official training (flexi or a training/camp day) within the Northern region that is able to facilitate an arena with a regional coach assessor on the Flexi Training list. You must have a booking reference for your sheet to count.

·    The score sheet is different with marks for skills with an emphasis on your riding, influence on way of going and presentation of the test. Senior Score Sheets will be lilac.

·    To qualify for the league you must be a member and resident in the region.

·    To compete you submit your score sheet by email to as a scanned or photographed copy of your score sheet

·    All tests to be considered must be submitted by 31 December 2019

Who wins?

The rider in each category achieving the most points between the 7 August 19 to 31 December 2019

Only your best 3 scores will count

Riders submitting fewer than three sheets will not be place

Winners will be notified and the awards will take place at the Northern Presentation Ball on 25 January 2020

Eligibility & Rules

·    Riders must be eligible to ride at the level they wish to be ranked but may be any section other than Gold at that level.

·    At least 2 of the tests to count must be marked by a different coach

Riders must be a minimum of a Club Members on a BD Registered or Club horse or pony.

Coaches have to have completed the Youth Coach Assessors Course and listed on Flexi PAYG unless at an Regional organised event. www.bookwhen/flexipayg

Click here for the marking guide and example score sheet.   

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
  Shop Website: Click Here
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


Senior Training 
Your Senior Training/Rider Representative
    Sarah Farrand
    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.
Team Applications 2019 are going online!
All applications for team events will be made on the events page on bookwhen Click here.They will open approximately 5 weeks before the cut off dates for training and results for the event.
Please note that this is the only format accepted so do wait until you have all the information you want to submit. Your regional training will already be recorded on the system but you will need your membership/horse registration details and your results including date, test, score,venue and judge. The selection policies can be found at:

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.    
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)

If you ride more in flexi training you must photo/scan and email them to

 BD Youth Squads 2019

BD Youth Foundation Academies A, B & B+ Squad Riders 2019
The information is under academies on the main BD Youth Page
BD Youth Teams for 2019

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

Team Applications 2019 are going online!
All applications for team events will be made on the events page on bookwhen Click here.They will open approximately 5 weeks before the cut off dates for training and results for the event.
Please note that this is the only format accepted so do wait until you have all the information you want to submit. Your regional training will already be recorded on the system but you will need your membership/horse registration details and your results including date, test, score,venue and judge. The selection policies can be found at:

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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