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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

THE NORTHERN SHOW 23 and 24 June 2018

Entries are now open for the Northern Show 2018 at Port Royal EEC 23 -  24 June 2018.  For the schedule Click here   

In addition to our amazing Regional Sponsors Sue Carson Saddles Ltd, Sheepgate Tack and Togs and GB Bodybuilders (Horseboxes), we have secured support from some of your favourite northern equestrian businesses to bring you an opportunity during the weekend to contest a Fun Northern Championship.
The show will run as a normal BD Competition and over the weekend you can choose to:

  • Compete in BD tests and collect points for your Winter Regional Qualification or results for Area Festivals riding the tests used for both from Prelim to Inter 1, and Grand Prix, so great for a warm up 
  • Compete in My Quest and Team Quest
  • Compete in PARA Qualifiers
  • Compete in BD Youth Rider Tests
  • Bring along children and siblings under 10 years to compete in an Intro Lead rein competition (handlers to dress to impress)
  • Take part in Judge Training 
  • Shadow our regional stewards to learn about stewarding or to spend time fulfilling your Level 1 qualification criteria
  • Meet the Northern Region Committee Representatives


If you live in the Northern Region and ride two tests at the same level (as set out in the schedule) your scores will automatically go forward towards our Fun Northern Championship to win sponsored rosettes and a sash and trophy for the winner from the overall combined percentages, plus a prosecco presentation. 
(Please note, this Championship is not connected to Regional/National Qualification and no additional entries are required) 

Northern Preliminary Championship kindly sponsored by Snainton Riding Centre
Northern Novice Championship kindly sponsored by Sheepgate Tack and Togs
Northern Elementary Championship - Kindly sponsored by Foster Equestrian Ltd
Northern Medium Championship kindly sponsored by Rydale Clothing
Northern Advanced Medium Championship kindly sponsored by The Horse Bit Shop
Northern PSG Championship kindly sponsored by
Equivisions Dressage to Music Design
Northern Intermediate 1 Championship kindly sponsored by GB Bodybuilders (Horseboxes)
Northern Grand Prix Championship kindly sponsored by Sue Carson Saddles Ltd
Northern Intro Lead Rein Championship  (Under 10 yrs) kindly sponsored by Throstlenest Saddlery
Northern Short Arena Intro Championship kindly sponsored by Aiskew Equine and Pet Supplies
Northern Short Arena Prelim Championship kindly sponsored by Parklands Equestrian
Northern Short Arena Novice Championship kindly sponsored by Richmond Horsebox Hire
Northern Elementary Championship kindly sponsored by Foster Equestrian Ltd
Northern PARA Championship (at each grade) kindly sponsored by Victoria Spalding Physiotherapy
Northern Under 12 Rider Test Championship kindly sponsored by Pink Ponies
Northern C Squad (Both sections) B Squad and A Squad Rider Test Championship kindly sponsored by


The winners across the sections will be invited to ride at 'Northern's Got Talent' -  a follow on from the successful Strictly Come Dressage at Bishop Burton Arena on the evening of Saturday 3 November 2018 hosted by Hannah Moody and Andrea Smith.

More to come in a special Show Newsletter in June about our sponsors and another celebrating our winners afterwards.


Applications submitted on progress forms are now invited for the Youth Inter Regionals 30 June & 1 July at Keysoe College EC Click here for the Team competitions page where you will find the schedule, selection policy and a blank progress/application form at the bottom of the page.  You will need to read the selection policy and chapter 9 of the BD Handbook rules for team competitions. The cut offf eligibility date for rider test sheets, training and the competitors certificate or equivalent is 14 May.  Please only forward the form when it is complete and those are the scores you wish to be considered.They should be emailed (scanned or photographed) to If you are competing or training on 14 May they will be accepted no later than 48 hours afterwards.

Rider League

A reminder that only sheets  scanned and sent to me will be added to the rider league table, including those at competitions.    

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
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

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.

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


Could you ride for the Northern Region?

Equissage Pulse PARA Home International
The following riders have been selected to represent Northern Region at the Equissage UK PARA Home International ValeView Equestrian 28-29 April 18
Jane Lishman riding Lordana TG
Jess Dries riding C Princes
Sarah Davies riding Hundon Lodger
Jane Ogden riding Fairview Romeo
Gillian Brown riding Meikle Rustler
Keeley Squires riding Stanbeck by Request
Vicky Nurcombe riding Geronimo III




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 Representatives are
Seniors, PARA and Coaches
        Lynne White
        Email: Click here
        Phone: 07962 261716
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.
 BD Youth and Judges 
 Linda Whitelaw
Email: Click here
Phone: 07305 172788
Linda is a familiar face for BD Youth, supporting her daughter Alanna at training and competitions. She is a Social Media Manager for the Department of Work and Pensions and is keen to put something back into the sport.


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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