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Wales region


Regional Development Officer, Wales - Vanessa Archer
Tel 07398 763414
For those of you who don't know me, I am Vanessa Archer the Regional Development Officer for Wales. I have been doing the role since February 2016. I have a background in Equestrian Event Management and worked at The David Broome Event Centre for 10 years. Any Questions regarding BD Wales, please get in touch. Email Vanessa

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



A BD Wales Newsletter is emailed out to all members once or twice a month with updates on Regional Training and Events. To have a look at past newsletters or to join our mailing list, click on the link below. 

Past Newsletters

Membership Information

 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 

Youth 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  

Marketing Representative - Sarah Dallard-Jones - 07470 041663 - Email Sarah

Quest Club Representative - Lorry Davies - 07940 449002 - Email Lorry


South Wales
The David Broome Event Centre - BD, Para Dressage
Beacons Equestrian - BD, Quest Club
Lower Stocklands - BD, Quest Club
Coleg Sir Gar - BD, Para Dressage
Little Mill Equestrian - BD, Quest Club
Sunnybank EC - BD, Quest Club (New to 2018!)
Ponderosa EC - Quest Club only (New to 2018!)
Ynysymond Stables - Quest Club only (New to 2018!)
West Wales
Lluest EC - BD, Quest Club, Para PYO
Moor Farm - BD, Quest Club

Mid Wales
Radfords Equestrian - BD, Quest Club, Para PYO

North Wales
Northop College - BD, Quest Club, Para Dressage
Marian Bach - Quest Club only
Trefor Stables - Quest Club only

Our biannual Organiser's Conference produced some great information this year. Please follow the link to view the presentations.


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 BookWhen. Follow the link to see our full list of forthcoming training dates.


If there is a trainer you’d like to see used in your area please email Vanessa. If you are struggling to book on to a clinic please get in touch. 



Training Venues in Wales

South Wales
West Wales
Mid Wales

North Wales

Team Events 

Each year, all 8 British Dressage 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 have to be regularly attending BD training and BD competitions. Riders submit their training attendance dates and BD competition scores to be selected. We send Senior, Para and Youth Teams.
The team events are a lot of fun and a great way to meet other dressage riders in the Region. 
BD Wales Clothing!
Don't forget your BD Wales regional clothing! Ideal for team events!

Team Selection 2018 - What you need to know

Every time you attend BD training and BD competitions, your attendance and scores could count towards you being selected to represent Wales. If you regularly attend training and compete then you may already have what is required to represent Wales on either a Senior, Para or Youth Team.
Each team event has a cut off date for you to submit your competition and training records. 

Click here to view the 2018 Team Selection Policies and Progress Charts

Selection Policies apply to the selection of riders / teams for the following events:

  • Para Home International
  • Senior Inter Regional Competition
  • Youth Inter Regional Competition
  • Youth Home International
  • Sheepgate Under 25s Championships
  • Senior Home International

All teams for all events will be selected in accordance with the Regional Selection Policy 2018 and BD Rules 2018. Please look at Section 9 - Team Competitions in the BD Members Handbook 2018 for rules of these events. 

Senior Training and Teams


Wales Senior Regional Representative: 

Sue Cottrell - Contact Number: 07787 510568 - EMAIL SUE 

All Senior Wales events and training are available to view and book online: BOOKWHEN 

If you would like additional training or a cetain trainer in your area please get in touch with the Senior Rep or the RDO. 

Senior Team Events to aim for in 2018 are: 

 SENIOR INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION, Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire, 12th - 13th May 2018

SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, Bishop Burton College, Humberside, 31st August - 2nd September 2018

 All teams for all events will be selected in accordance with the Regional Selection Policy 2018 and BD Rules 2018.


  BD Wales Youth

 Training and Teams Competitions

Wales Youth Regional Representative: 

Sioned Roberts - Contact Number – 07960 618099 - EMAIL SIONED

All BD Wales Youth events and training are available to view and book online - BOOKWHEN

If you are aged between 11 and 25 you are eligible to become a BD Youth Rider. From the Under 12 Squad to the A Squad, you can find out more about the Youth Squadding structure by contacting BD Wales Youth Rep Sioned Roberts.

Please note: For Under 12 squad (previously Fledglings) the age is defined as ‘To the end of the year of their 11th birthday’. 

BD Wales Youth Teams to aim for in 2018 are:

YOUTH INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION, Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire, 30th June - 1st July 2018


BRITISH DRESSAGE UNDER 25’s CHAMPIONSHIPS, Sheepgate EC, 20th - 25th August 2018

 All teams for all events will be selected in accordance with the Regional Selection Policy 2018 and BD Rules 2018.

Para Training and Teams 

Wales Para Regional Representative:

Tracy Ormrod - 07973 616497 - EMAIL TRACY 

All Welsh Para events and training are available to view and book online - BOOKWHEN 

 Getting started with PARA

For further information on competing, or to request a free booklet to help get you started, contact Rachel our BD Para Dressage Officer tel: 02476 698837.

PARA National Calendar - locate all regional events and national competitions. You can also view our Getting started webpage!


Para Teams Events to aim for in 2018 are:

PARA HOME INTERNATIONAL, 27th - 29th April 2018

 Para Guide to Home Internationals and Competing Internationally

 Other helpful information

 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

PARA Dressage Competition Guide

 Bishop Burton International FAQ's

British Dressage PARA Home page 


Wales Judges Regional Representative:

Dianne Breeze - 07491 531953 - EMAIL DIANNE 

All Welsh Judges events and training are available to view and book online - BOOKWHEN

Are you interested becoming a Judge? There is a new system in place for exams and how to apply to become one. 

How do I become a Judge?

Judge Testing System

Judge Testing FAQ's

National Judges Calendar - this shows all training and events for all Regions. 

 Wales Coaches - UKCC

Wales Coaching Regional Representative:

 Amanda Leaker - 07980 309398 - EMAIL AMANDA

All Welsh Coaching events and training are available to view and book online - BOOKWHEN . Or please contact Amanda Leaker our Coaching rep for any advice on training in Wales. 

UKCC Guide

For all booking enquiries or information regarding UKCC please contact Kelsey Smith & Viki Decesare at BD head office.


2018 Team Results 

Para Home International 27 - 29 April 2018

A much depleted Wales presence this year at the Para Home International due to illness both horse and rider. Our 2 Welsh riders Veronica Bower and Rowan Crosby joined Southern Region to become the Southern Dragons. With the theme of celebration, the Southern Dragons chose to commemorate the forthcoming royal wedding with appropriate masks and costumes!

Rowan Crosby sadly had to withdraw but the Southern Dragons still went on to take 4th place in the overall team event. Well done to Veronica Bower who flew the flag for Wales and won the Grade 3 Test 21 with a score of 67.5%. Eastern team retained the winners title, and went one better than last year placing third with their second team. Both Welsh riders thoroughly enjoyed the show and were grateful for the support from Disability Sport Wales!


Senior Inter Regionals 12 - 13 May 2018 

We had some great individual placings at the Senior Inter Regionals at Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire. Eliza Stanford Roberts was 3rd overall in the Prelim, Sam Whyley was 5th in the Novice and Vicky Western 9th in the Novice. The team competition was tough but our Barry Island team comprising of Ruth Gladman, Helen Hopewell, Sam Whyley and Eliza Stanford Roberts were placed 8th after climbing up from 9th overnight. Our other 2 Welsh beach inspired teams Poppit Sands (Sam Evans, Christy Shuall, Vicky Western and Danielle Fenrich) and Splash Point (Alex Hyde, Maisie Sturge, Steph Bradley, Michelle Case) finished 20th and 27th.


 Youth Inter Regionals 30 June - 1 July 2018

Team Tidy 15th:
Libby Johnson, Daisy May Allen, Amy Sibley, Francesca Cawley 
Team Chopsy 17th: 
Steph Parsley, Latisha Coles, Cerys Carrol Jones and Jess Fisher; 
Team Cwtch 19th: 
Erin George, Caitlan Birley, Anna Roberts, Sally Howell
Team Lush 35th:
Sam Fussell, Darcie Parker, Emilia Johns Powell, Elin Harries

Top 10 Places:
B Squad Libby Johnson 6th
C Squad section A Amy Sibley 4th, Francesca Cawley 7th, Sally Howell 8th
C Squad section B Anna Roberts 5th, Cerys Carrol Jones 6th, Jess Fisher 7th

BD Youth Home International 3 - 5 August 2018
Congratulations to the four girls making up our BD Wales Youth Home International Team this year, the team came a respectable 14th out of 25 teams (other regions have multiple teams to our one). Team Wales was made up of Grace Gillies, Caitlan Birley, Libby Johnson and Erin Jones. Libby Johnson had an individual placing of 7th overall.

Senior Home International 31 August 2 September 2018
Our lovable Team Cwtch comprising of Victoria Western, Jen Smithson, Anita Jones and Amanda Leaker were placed 8th overall. We also had some individual victories with Laura Fisher winning the overall Advanced Medium class, Jen Smithson was 2nd in the Individual Elementary and Anita Jones 7th in the Medium.
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