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Southern region


 Welcome to the Southern Region

Regional Development Officer : Sharon Walker Tel: 07894 232358


My name is Sharon Walker and I am your Regional Development Officer.  My role is to help you develop, progress and learn more about your sport, regardless of which aspect of dressage is your focus.  With the help of the amazing Southern Region Committee we organise and support training days, camps, test riding, judge training, para events, competitions and shows plus much more.  In addition we are always interested in your ideas and opinions so don't hesitate to get in touch.  Contact me on the email address or telephone number above.

Southern Chairman - Sam Osborn

Sam was one of our original BYRDS members when Dane Rawlins and Egon Von Greyez set it up a few years ago now!  Sam has competed up to PSG and internationally as a Young Rider.  Sam is passionate about training and working with young people and will be in her element putting together training days which will cover lots of different topics from Biomechanics to sports psychology.  Contact Sam by email

Quick links :


BD Youth 







 All Bookings can be made using the bookwhen website via the link below 




  • Friday 11th January 7.00pm - Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3PG - a free evening for you to find out what events take place for our riders throughout the year, including training, demos and team events.  It is open to everyone, you do not need to be competing or even a BD member.  Come and meet our Senior Rider Reps, Emma Butler and Emma Roche.
  • Interested in becoming a judge or you are already training to be a judge, go down to our JUDGES section and see all the seminars, training and exams coming up in the next few months.  All can be booked through Bookwhen.
  • Now the clocks have changed, get looking at Bookwhen to see what exciting events we have coming up in the Southern Region.  Training, Youth camps etc.,
  • CONGRATULATIONS -  to our senior riders who are just back last week from the senior home international. Two teams in the top ten and lots of individual placings. Thank you Louisa Cuomo who sponsored the team gillets - they are amazing!!! 
  • Our BD Youth riders did amazingly at their Home International, with all three teams in the top 10, every rider was either placed individually or within their team. Well done to all of you.
  • CONGRATULATIONS -  to all our youth riders for a successful weekend at the inter regionals last weekend .
  • PARAS - new classification for National and International competitions - see Para page
  • If you feel you have any newsworthy features please email Sam or Caroline including pics

BD Youth 

  • Jane Lewis is your BD YOUTH SOUTHERN representative.  Jane is based in Horsham, West Sussex and has been our BD Youth Rep since 2017.  She has two children, one granddaughter, 5 horses and 6 dogs!!!  These all keep her very busy.   Please contact Jane if you have any queries or need any information by email.
  • Keep looking here as we have lots of clinics and training coming up in 2019
  • TIME FOR TRAINING - go to bookwhen to book your slot   
  • We are thrilled to announce DATATAG have sponsored BD Southern Youth Click here for more details
  • BD Youth is open to all riders 16-25 years old. If you are under 12 you can become a fledgling rider and take part in all activities and represent the region




  • Emma Butler and Emma Roche are you two BD SENIOR RIDER representatives.   Please contact either Emma if you are interested in anything Senior !!

  • Emma Butler lives in Hollingbourne in Kent with her husband Mark and son Rory, where they run a successful training and livery yard.  Emma competed to Medium level with her own skewbald Irish mare, Ballingowan Lilly (CP to her friends), with whom she represented TEAM SOUTHERN at two Home Internationals and two Inter Regionals, being part of the winning Inter Regional Team in 2014.  You can contact Emma by email

  • Emma Roche lives in Cranleigh in Surrey with her husband Sean and her 3 children.  After leaving school Emma trained for her BHSAI with the late Jennifer Sewell at the TTT.  Emma is currently competing 3 horses from Novice to Advanced.  Emma has ridden at two Inter Regionals and four Home Internationals since 2015 on her own horse Escamillo. You can contact Emma by email

  • TIME FOR TRAINING - All Senior training and events are located on the online booking page  We offer a wide variety of training with UKCC L3 / 4 accredited or UKCC L2 recognised coaches.  All coaches are happy to train what ever level you are competing at, and are extremely approachable.


  • Yvonne Huber is your BD JUDGES representative, Yvonne is a BD judge, side saddle judge, BHSi.i.i and a ARBS trainer.  She has competed in showing, side saddle and dressage for many years.  As the Judges representative she is responsible for arranging Judge Training for all levels, plus arranges Judges Seminars and being there as a supporter of the judges in the Southern Region.  Please contact Yvonne if you need any information by email 
  • How to become 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. 
  • Part 1 & 2 Exam will be help at the Copthorne Hotel on the 14th January for all levels. Please book with Head office. It will start about 3.30 through to 7.  
  • Winter Regionals to be held at Merrist Wood from the 19th February to the 24th, Judge Training will take place, but at the moment I cannot state who will be the tutor judges as it takes rather a long time for BD to sort out who will be judging.  
  • This is the timetable of classes that will be offered for judge training:  Friday the 22nd PSG and possibly Intermediate. Thursday the 21st Advanced Medium. Wednesday the 20th Medium. Sunday the 24th Elementary. Saturday the 23rd Novice. Once I have more details as to whom will be taking the training and costs and times I will let you know, but I thought it would be helpful to you so can plan  ahead.  
  • Seminar on March 9th to be held at Belmoredean, Maplehurst Road, West Grinstead. Sussex . for List 5's & 6's and Trainees. Course will be taken by Jo Graham. 10 till 4.
  • Seminar on March 10th to be held at Belmoredean, Maplehurst Road, West Grinstead. Sussex. for List 3a and 3's and 4's . Course will be taken by Jo Graham. 10 till 4.   
  • The seminars as well as the judge training will be able to book on line through Southern Bookwhen, just not yet though, I will let you know when it has been listed.  
  • Please remember you are welcome to attend any seminars whether it is at the level you are listed or not; but it will not count as your official seminar unless it is your current listing. If you are thinking of up grading it will be a good opportunity to attend the next level.  
  • If you have any ideas as to what you would like the southern area to do, ie judging, training, discussions or a social meet up, coffee morning where we can have questions and answers , please let Yvonne know by email


  • Joyce Wood is your BD PARA representative, you can contact Joyce on email or phone 07949 035021
  • Are you a registered PARA rider? 
  • Interested? Perhaps you would like to ride through a test, come to a clinic or find out more about competitions you are eligible for.  For further information on competing, or to see what is going on in the area contact Joyce.
  • Useful documents - Click on the links below:-
  •  If you would like to find out more, have a look at the main BD Para page please click here


Samantha Mabb and Caroline Gibson are the Marketing Representatives for the Southern Region, so if you have anything you wish to send them, writeups, photos etc., please email to them.

Sam Mabb is a list 4 judge and a dressage coach, currently undertaking her UKCC qualification, as well as pursuing a wide variety of Equine interests and a keen competitor herself.  Her training methods are very holistic looking at the horse and rider as a combination and how to get the best out of both to develop the partnership. Sam is contactable via email

Caroline Gibson runs the Dorking Feed Office for Mole Valley Feed Solutions supplying our South East farmers.  She has ridden since the age of 9 and competes affiliated dressage up to Advanced on her own 13 years old gelding, Albion De Fantasia.  She has represented TEAM SOUTHERN at two Inter Regionals and two Home Internationals. She also represented NORTH WEST at a Home International.  Caroline is contactable via email


  • General UKCC Guide 

  • Courses - For all booking enquiries or information please email 



British Dressage Southern Region are delighted to be supported by Louisa Cuomo Saddles and Imperial Equestrian. For all of your equestrian needs!

 2019 Regional Sponsorship is now starting to take off and the Southern Region would be delighted if you would join us.

 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
  • It doesnt have to be a monotary package, we can tailor to your individual needs and finances
  • Payment plans can be arranged
  • Specific sponsorship packages I.E. Teams  / BD Youth / PARA etc

If you are interested and would like to discuss further then please contact Sharon Walker


We are very lucky to have great venues for you all to compete at, see the list below listed in counties.



Colgate Dressage at the Priory