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Wales region

                                                  

Mari O'Connor
Regional Development Officer, Wales
Tel 07398 763414
mari.o'connor@britishdressage.co.uk
 
Email Mari        
 
Welcome to the Wales regional page. For those of you who don't know me, I am Mari O'Connor the Regional Development Officer for Wales. I have been doing the role since August 2017 and am covering Vanessa Archer Maternity leave. Any Questions regarding BD Wales, please get in touch.

Keep up to date with what's on in Wales on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

 
                  

 

Find BD Training in Wales

All BD training in Wales can be found on Bookwhen. If there is a specific trainer you’d like to see used in your area please email Mari

 

Newsletters

I write regular newsletters to let you know exactly what's on in Wales and to also celebrate the acheivements of our riders. All of our previous newsletters can be viewed here.
  

If you would like to be added to our newsletter and information mailing list please Email me 
 
 

Regional Committee

 

In Wales we have a Regional Committee of volunteers who help to run the region. Each commitee member has their own area of expertise. Meet the team that keep Wales on the map! 


Chairman - Stephen Arnett 07974 479677 Email Steve

BYRDS Representative - Sioned Roberts 07960 618099 Email Sioned

Senior Training Representative - Sue Cottrell 07787 510568 Email Sue

Coaching Representative - Amanda Leaker 07980 309398 Email Amanda

Para Representative - Tracy Ormrod 07973 616497 Email Tracy

Judges Representative - Dianne Breeze 07491 531953 Email Dianne 

Quest Club Representative - Niki Brewer Email Niki

Marketing Representative South Wales - Emma Stowell-Corten 07400 404303 Email Emma

Marketing Representative North Wales - Sarah Dalland-Jones 07470 041663 Email Sarah

 

Additional Volunteers and Coordinators
 
BYRDS Ambassador - Briony Cutler 07889 817609 Email Briony
BYRDS Ambassador - Francesca Bradley 07584991995
North Wales (East) BYRDS Clinic Organiser - Angela Townsend 01244 660347/ 07789 225873 Email Angela 
 
BD Venues in Wales
 
 
South Wales
The David Broome Event Centre - BD, Quest Club, Para Dressage
Beacons Equestrian - BD, Quest Club
Lower Stocklands - BD, Quest Club
Coleg Sir Gar - BD, Para Dressage
Usk College - no longer running after July 2017
Little Mill Equestrian - Quest Club only
Sunnybank EC - BD, Quest Club (New to 2017!)

West Wales
Lluest EC - BD, Quest Club
Moor Farm - BD, Quest Club

Mid Wales
Radfords Equestrian - BD, Quest Club

North Wales
Maelor EC - no longer running after the 21st May 2017
Northop College - BD, Quest Club, Para Dressage
Marian Bach - Quest Club only
Trefor Stables - Quest Club only (New to 2017!)
 
Training in Wales

We host a variety of training including clinics, test riding, camps, fitness, social activities, yard visits, lecture demos and seminars. All of our training is available to book online on a site called Book When. Follow the link to see our full list of forthcoming training dates.

View and book all training dates in Wales! 

Training Venues in Wales

South Wales

West Wales
 
Mid Wales

North Wales

Team Events

 
Each year, all 8 regions send selected teams to various team events to battle it out for those vital podium places and rosettes. If you are interested in representing Wales then you just have to be regularly attending BD training and BD competitions. Riders submit their training attendance dates and BD competition scores to be selected. 
 
The team events are so much fun! Here are the 2016 and 2017 highlights!
 
BYRDS Home International 2016
 
 
Para Home International 2016
 
 
Senior Home international 2016 and 2017
 
 
 
 
Team Selection 2017

Don't forget that every time you attend British Dressage training and British Dressage competitions, your attendance and scores could count towards you being selected to represent Wales! If you regularly attend training and shows then you may already have what is required!
 
Each team event has a cut off date for you to submit your competition and training records and some of those dates are fast approaching.

Team Selection- What you need to know

The Selection Policy applies to the selection of riders / teams for the following events:
  • Para Home International
  • Senior Inter Regional Competition
  • BYRDS Inter Regional Competition
  • BYRDS Home International
  • Sheepgate Under 25s Championships
  • Senior Home International
 What do you need to be eligible?
 
PARA HOME INTERNATIONAL, Vale View EC - 7th - 9th April 2017
Cut off for training and results: 27th February
  • 3 highest scores from affiliated para dressage competitions in the 12 months preceding the selection date.
  • Attendance at 2 regional training days, one of which must be ridden.

Para Selection Policy 2017
Para Results and Training Record 2017

Para Guide to Home Internationals and Competing Internationally

SENIOR INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION, Keysoe - 13th - 14th May 2017
Cut off for training and results: 13th April

  • 4 highest scores (3 for PSG) at affiliated dressage competitions in the 12 months preceding selection. AT LEAST TWO OF WHICH are to be within 6 months of the deadline for submission of scores and at least two to be from qualifier tests. 
  • Attendance at 3 regional training events in the 12 months preceding the selection date.
Senior Selection Policy 2017
Senior Inter Regional Results and Training Record 2017

BYRDS INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION, Keysoe - 1st - 2nd July 2017
Cut off for training and results: 15th May
  • Riders must be squadded annually after 1 January. Selection will be based on the results from 3 squad test sheets in the preceding 12 months from cut-off date. One result must have been obtained after 1 January 2017.
  • Attendance at 3 regional training days in the 12 months preceding selection.
BYRDS Selection Policy 2017
BYRDS Inter Regionals Results and Training Record 2017

BYRDS HOME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, Rockrose, Scotland - 28th - 30th July 2017
Cut off for training and results: 19th June
  • At levels from Preliminary to Medium riders will be asked to submit their highest 4 scores at affiliated dressage competitions in the 12 months preceding selection. AT LEAST TWO OF WHICH are to be within 6 months of the deadline for submission of scores and at least two scores must be from qualifier tests.
  • Attendance at 3 regional training days in the 12 months preceding selection.
BYRDS Selection Policy 2017
BYRDS Home International Results and Training Record 2017

BRITISH DRESSAGE UNDER 25’s CHAMPIONSHIPS, Sheepgate EC - 21st – 26th August 2017
Cut off for training and results: 14th July
  • Riders and pony/horse combinations must obtain at least 4 scores of 64% or above at the level in which they apply to be selected.
  • Attendance at 3 regional training days in the 12 months preceding selection.
BYRDS Selection Policy 2017
Sheepgate Results and Training Record 2017

SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, The David Broome Event Centre -
6th - 8th October 2017

Cut off for training and results: 31st August
  • 4 highest scores (3 for PSG) at affiliated dressage competitions in the 12 months preceding selection. AT LEAST TWO OF WHICH are to be within 6 months of the deadline for submission of scores and at least two to be from qualifier tests. 
  • Attendance at 3 regional training events in the 12 months preceding the selection date.

Senior Selection Policy 2017
Senior Home International Results and Training Record 2017

All teams for all events will be selected in accordance with the Regional Selection Policy 2017 and BD Rules 2017.

Para Home International 7 - 9 April 2017

A much depleted Wales presence this year due to illness both horse and rider. Our 2 Welsh riders joined teams from other regions. Denise Smith joined a North West team which came 3rd overall and Janette Edwards joined a Northern team which was placed 8th. The North West Para Rep was thrilled to be placed 3rd as they have never had a team higher than 8th position in the past so I’m sure that Denise was a great asset!

We also had some successes in the individual classes. Out of the four tests that Denise entered, she had 3 x 1st and 1 x 3rd. Janette came 2nd in the grade 4 silver section in the summer qualifier with 66.9%, she had 3rd place in the silver grade 4 64.66% (3rd with one judge and 1st with the other) and a 2nd place with 63.45% (second from both judges). Both Welsh riders thoroughly enjoyed the show and were grateful for the support from Disability Sport Wales!


 
Above: Denise Smith and the North West gang

Above: Janette Edwards joins team Northern

Senior Inter Regionals 13 - 14 May 2017 Press Release

The roar of the dragon could be heard far and wide at the British Dressage Senior Inter-regional Championships earlier this month with Welsh teams flying the flag for the country.

Earning a massive 3 top 10 places from the 32 teams that were entered at the championships at Keysoe over the weekend of May 13 and 14, the Welsh riders and their dancing partners picked up some cracking scores.

The second place team overall (having just been pipped to the first-place podium by 0.6%) were It’s Not Unusual, comprising of Sue Cottrell, Laura Fisher, Briony Cutler and Amy Daye.

What’s New Pussycat roared in at 4th place thanks to the riding of Helen Hopewell, Georgia Herbert, Sam Whyley and Stef Mando-Mansell with Burning down the House pulling in 8th place with riders Sam Evans, Steph Bradley, Tracy Ormrod and Michelle Donald.

The individual scores were top-notch also, with many up in the 70s as a regular theme all weekend, such as  Laura Fisher’s 70.44% for her Medium test on her 16.2h Belgium Warmblood, Ozzy, and Stef Dando Mansell’s super-impressive 74.3% for her Prelim test on the first day of the show.

Some of the teams comprised of riders in their first year of Seniors, with previous BYRDS Georgia Herbert and Briony Cutler contributing to the podium placings, along with previous Seniors team riders and other newcomers to the squad.

What a fantastic start to the season for Team Wales! 

 

BYRDS Inter Regionals 1 - 2 July 2017 Press Release

Sweet Success For Welsh BYRDS

The 2017 inter Regionals was massively successful for the twenty Welsh riders that attended at the start of July.

Taking place at Keysoe, team Wales had a strong showing of riders from all squad levels.  The Gobstoppers team picked up a 4th in the overall team placings, while some of our young riders picked up some rather sweet individual ribbons too!


Riding the C Squad test (section A) on her pony Yarty Welsh Jack, twelve year old Catrin Stewart placed 2nd overall from the 32 riders in her class, with Pear Drops team member Ella Preston ranking 6th on her own Morrigan Shae.

Fifth and sixth placed went to Harri Williams and Erin George respectively in the C Squad sec B class, with Katie-Leigh Rees and her pony Amber picking up a 9th overall.

The sweet smell of success didn’t stop there either with team Wales riders also achieving top ten placings in the B Squad and A squad classes.

The Inter Regionals competition differs from the regular dressage competitions. Each rider rides a test based on the scales of training, which is appropriate to their level of riding. The test shows the skills and abilities of all riders on the squad level and takes into account the expertise of the rider and the partnership they have with their horse or pony.

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their ongoing support – without their investment into the training and development of our Welsh riders we wouldn't be unable to achieve such fabulous results. 

 

 
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