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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

Senior Inter Regionals 2018 - Keysoe EC 12-13 May 2018

Progress Chart for Applications now available Click here For Word Version and Click Here for PDF

The cut off date for competition scores and training is 11 April 2018

All the Information about Team competitions is available: Click Here

Senior Selection: 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. 


 Equissage Pulse PARA Home International

Applications are now invited for selection for the Northern Team at the Equissage Pulse PARA Home International at ValeView Equestrian 27 to 29 April 2018. The cut off date for criteria to be filled is 18 March and can include the training event that day. The schedule, selection criteria and form can all be downloaded from here and the form should be emailed to RDO

PARA Selection: Click here

Our Sponsors 
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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

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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: 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 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.

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


Other useful Documents

PARA Dressage Competition Guide 

PARA National Calendar- events and activities


Could you ride for the Northern Region?

PARA Regional Selection Policy 2017

PARA Home International Competition 27th - 29th April 2018 - Vale View Equestrian, Leicestershire

PARA Home International Schedule - not available yet

PARA Home International Competition Record - not available yet

(Rule book reference Section 9, page 58 & Section 13, page 82)



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 are looking to apoint two Youth Ambassadors for Northern Region. Jack Wainwright has been a pathfinder for this role and as he steps down we recognise his contribution - thank you Jack!
Ideally we are looking for one ambassador in the south and another in the north.  If you think this is something you would like to do please see below. The full role description and application form is in the links at the bottom. If you would like an informal chat about what is involved, please contact Lucinda Bird.
The BD Youth Ambassador Scheme is to acknowledge the contribution of our older BD Youth riders. Each region will have a maximum of two BD Youth Ambassadors at any one time. So, if you are aged between 18 – 25 yrs old and have contributed to your region through helping at BD Youth competitions, supporting BD Youth activities and regional events and feel you fulfil the criteria listed below then why not apply for the ambassador scheme.
Ambassador criteria:-
  • Be a minimum Premier Club member of British Dressage
  • Must be 18 yrs old or over (includes members from the beginning of the calendar year of their 18th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 25th birthday)
  • Have been involved in Regional BD Youth for a minimum of 2 years
  • To have demonstrated themselves to be a good role model within their region
  • Have actively been involved within the region and supportive of younger riders
Applicants should complete an application form highlighting how they have fulfilled the above criteria. This will be reviewed by the Regional Committee and ratified by the BD Youth Main Committee. Ambassadors will serve a 6 month probationary period and after that time they will become a fully fledged BD Youth Regional ambassador and help to contribute towards developments within their region.
For the role description Click here
For the application form Click here 
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)

Dates still available for assessment:
24 March at Moody Dressage, South Yorkshire Click here
25 March at Stotford Crest Stables, Teeside Click here
25 March at College Farm, Notts Click here
31 March at Lane Farm EC, Northumberland Click here
 BD Youth Selection: Click here

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 (Vacancies currently advertised - please see main page)
Contact RDO Jo Byrne


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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