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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



BD Youth Rider League


A reminder that only sheets scanned and sent to me will be added to the rider league table, including those at competitions. You must ride a minimum of 4 tests between 1 Jan 2018 and 30th September 2018 to be placed when results are announced at the end of September. Prizes and rosettes down to 10th in each section will be presented at the Northern Ball 26 January 2019 at Tankersley Manor Hotel.  To book tickets Click here



The Rider league for 2018 is now closed.  The table has been updated to recent submissions and only to show riders who have ridden the minimum 4 tests including the Inter Regional results. The best 4 results count.  Click here for the final standings (updated 2/10/18)  


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: Click Here
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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

Exciting news! We have secured a UKCC Level 3 course at Bishop Burton Equine Centre starting Monday April 23 2018. Click here for full details, eligibility, dates on the Level 3 link and to obtain an application form. Applications close 30 March.
Medium and Advanced Medium/PSG combinations who would be interested in supporting these coaches by riding for the sessions please email
These will be experienced and established coaches, so a great opportunity for free tuition at a fabulous venue. 


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 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.

If you are coming for the first time you would ride the Under 12 test or the C squad test. For more information about the squads and expectations at each level see below.
  • Under 12 (This year for riders born in or after 2007 - if your 12th birthday is in 2018 you are C Squad)
  • C Squad Under 14 (This year for riders born in or after 2005)
  • C Squad over 14 (For riders up to age 25, unless you are assessed to move up to B, B+ or A Squad

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
Biographies to follow!
BD Youth Rider League 
For more information Click here

Open to riders who have attended a coaching and assessment day between 1 Jan and 31 March 2018.  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 up to 6 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 an event we are planning for January 2019 to celebrate achievements over the year and sponsored by our regional sponsors Sheepgate Tack and Togs, Sue Carson Saddles and GB Bodybuilders (Horseboxes)

For the latest league standings Click here
 BD Youth Selection: Click here
BD Youth Foundation Academies A, B & B+ Squad Riders 2018
Just released is the Information Sheet and Application Form for the Foundation Academies 2018.  Open to the above Squad Riders who will need to have been squadded in Region in 2018 (Last spaces for this can be found on plus meeting other criteria.
The Foundation Academies replace the High Performance camps and will feed into the National Academy
For the Information sheet Click here
For the application form (PDF) Click here
For the application form (Word) Click here
Cut off date for applications is 6 July and forms to be sent to
BD Youth Team Squads for 2018

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

Details of the Northern Rider League are below in the BD Youth section and in your envelopes now on route with certificates and Squad badges.  Wear them with pride. A big thank you to all of our Rider test assessors, by the time camp is over at the weekend we will have over 100 assessed this year. 


Olivia Langley


Susie White
Esmee Alex; Meghan Anderson; Emily Clark Attwood; Anna Bates; Charlotte Clark; Anna Harris; Geneva Low; Abigail Ingledew; Charlotte Martin; Ellie Mitchell; Ellie Roberts; Eleanor Rycroft; Leah Thourgood Davidson; Maisie Turnbull; Mollie Whitham; Ellen Wilson; Clara Withers. 

C (Section B)

Alexandra Askin; Eliza Atkinson; Abbie Berry; Megan Brown; Phoebe Corner; Freya Cox; Lily Crisp; Maia Daniel; Chloe Dring; Ruby Fullman; Charlotte Fox; Katie Louise Gibbins; Georgia Ivens; Megan Henry; Jessica Hickey; Emily Jayne Inglis; Grace Kerr; Natasha Lee; Kate Leverton; Charlotte Merrigan Martin; Gracie Morgan; Lucinda Mothersdale; Aimee Palin; Katie Rowbotham; Anna Sawicki McGough; Alice Stratton; Katharine Taylor; Jessica Whitfield; Molly Wilson; Francesca Young. 

C (Section A)

Eliza Alex; Emily Avery; Lucas Bell; Sophie Brooks; Emily Brown; Lola Boldison; Eleanor Clulow; Maddison Cox; Beatrice Davies; Constance Davies; Caitlin Dunne; Evie May Eeles; Lucy Fletcher; Lauren Geraghty; Beth Harrison; Megan Harrison; Kate Leverton; Erin McSloy; Shannon McSorley; Rebecca Moseley; Polly Nicholson; Ava Olive; Millie Platt; Tilly Pilkington; Martha Jobling Purser; Izzy Rowley; Heidi Samson; Amelia Maloney Sherwin; Lily Cordwell Smith; Harley Ruby Snell; Amy Tate; Tabitha Wood.


Under 12

Jamie Andrews; Tru Beevers;  Eve Corrigan; Molly Esberger Shepherd;  Amelia Hurst; Annabel McClaren; Freddie Nicholson; Bracken Parkhouse; Annabel Powell; Edie Ann Preston; Lauren Tate; Bethany Thomas; Elin Wilson.

Regional Teams
Rule book references - Page 58 Section 9 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


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