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  1. BD Abroad: Stuttgart CDI-W

    The following horse and rider combination has been selected to represent Great Britain at Stuttgart CDI-W in Germany (15 – 19 November 2017).

    Hayley Watson-Greaves (34) from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire with her own Rubin’s Nite (Black gelding, 16.3hh, 13yrs, s. Rubin Royal ds. Limbo).

    For start lists and results click here
    Watch the action via the live stream

    Photo credit: PSV Equita



  2. Changes to the BD Board of Directors

    British Dressage today announces some changes to the Board of Directors, with two members of the Board recently standing down from their positions. 

    Newly appointed Finance Director Karen Wilson tendered her resignation after only six weeks in post at the end of last month.  Maggie Copus, who was previously BD’s Finance Director until September this year, has therefore been co-opted back onto the Board with immediate effect and a formal election for this position will take place in due course.

    Jo Graham has also left her position of Judges Director after two years in office.  Jo’s deputy on the Judges Committee, Jane Peberdy, will take over as Chair of the committee on an interim basis and the Board will discuss a replacement Director appointment at their next meeting in December.  A formal announcement will then follow once the Board has fully considered the options available.

    BD Chairman Penny Pollard commented; “It’s always disappointing to lose valued colleagues.  I wish Karen well in her professional role with the oil industry in Scotland and hope that she will stay involved with BD in the future. 

    “We owe Jo an enormous debt of gratitude for her hard work and determination to modernise the Judges training and examination system.  With the help of the office team, technical committee and regional volunteers, BD has revolutionised its methods to the point that we’re now the envy of other countries.  She leaves judging in a healthy place and should be incredibly proud of her achievements.

    “We wish Jo well in her future projects and thank her for giving her time as a volunteer over the past two years in what is a challenging role.

    “We have a great deal of experience on the Board and we will now continue to build on the excellent progress that has already been achieved this year.  To have Maggie back will give us stability and continuity, so we can further our plans to develop a modern, vibrant and successful sport.”

  3. New Club horse registration launched

    Owners and riders of Associate registered horses can now upgrade to the new Club category by ringing the office.   As of 1 December, Associate registration only covers horses competing on a class ticket, to ride in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Combined Training and Associated Championships, horses will need to upgade to the new Club which is just £10 per year.

    Below is the copy from an email which went to all registered owners of Associate horses:

    Dear Member,

    Our records show that your horse HORSE NAME is currently registered as an Associate with us.
    A change in the 2018 rules means that Associate horse registration can now be only used with a class ticket when competing.

    Therefore we wanted to get in contact as we’re proud to launch Club horse registration. A fantastic opportunity to compete in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Music, Combined Training and Young Horse classes for £10 for the whole year – which works out at just 83p a month.

    If you’re intending on competing in any of these classes, after 30 November the horse will need a minimum of Club registration.
    To upgrade your horse to Club, just give the office a call on 02476 698832. Alternatively, in December 2017 you’ll be able to upgrade or register a new Club horse online – so keep an eye out!

    See you down the centre line!

    Michelle, Natasha and Stacey
    The Membership Team

  4. BD Abroad: Lyon and Oldenburg

    The first week in November saw three of Britain’s Grand Prix stars enjoy great results overseas at the CDI-W Lyon and CDI Oldenburg shows (2 – 5 November).

    Hayley Watson-Greaves and Emile Faurie travelled to the dazzling show in Lyon to contest the World Cup qualifier. Hayley and Rubins Nite (pictured) continued their superb run of form achieving 71.02% in the Grand Prix test to place 11th before going on to improve several places earning eighth in the Grand Prix Kur to Music with 74.655%. Hayley was full of praise for both the show and ‘Squeaks’ on Facebook saying, ‘It (CDI-W Lyon) really does have something for everyone, not only World Cup Dressage and Showjumping they also have western, reining, cutting horses. So many shops!’ She added ‘Excellent finish, 74.6% in the freestyle, a few blips but finished 8th among the top riders. Extra carrots for Squeaks!’ after her ace freestyle result.

    European team member Emile Faurie returned to the arena with his Championship partner Lollipop. The elegant pair ranked 15th in both competitions scoring 69.36% and 70.015% respectively. Earning the top points toward World Cup qualification it was reigning European Champion Isabell Werth who blew the competition away and won both tests aboard her up and coming star Emilio.

    Across the border in Germany, Lara Butler shone at the CDI Oldenburg with Dr Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad. Lara and ‘Rufus’ performed two fantastic tests to place second in both classes. The successful combination notched up a new personal best score of 74.060% in the Grand Prix before going on to score 74.294% in the Grand Prix Special. Former German European team member Jessica von Bredow-Werndl returned after a baby break to just pinch the win from Lara with two 76% results aboard her Gribaldi sired stallion Unee BB.


    Grand Prix CDI-W Lyon
    1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 80.20%
    11th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 71.02%
    15th Emile Faurie with Lollipop, 69.36%

    Grand Prix Kur to Music CDI-W Lyon
    1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 86.115%
    8th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 74.655%
    15th Emile Faurie with Lollipop, 70.015%

    Grand Prix CDI Oldenburg
    1st Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with Unee BB, 76.560%
    2nd Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 74.060%

    Grand Prix Special CDI Oldenburg
    1st Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with Unee BB, 76.314%
    2nd Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 74.294%

    For full results from CDI-W Lyon click here

    For full results from CDI Oldenburg click here

    Photo kindly provided by PSV Equita.

  5. Vorster's victorious at Iberian Championships

    Iberian horses took centre stage last Sunday at Keysoe in Bedfordshire for the GBPRE and Lusitano Championships supported by Allen & Page (5 November 2017).

    One competitor, Nika Vorster, topped off a successful year by taking top honours in not one, but two classes - the Lusitano Elementary and the Lusitano Medium aboard Luisa Collins’ 10-year-old Portuguese-born gelding, Curioso (pictured).

    Nika (28), an equine and canine McTimoney Manipulator and Sports Massage therapist, works alongside Irish international rider Alice Hurley at Premier PRE Dressage in Oxfordshire. She and Curioso have enjoyed a fabulous year culminating in them representing Great Britain at the Masters Du Cheval Ibérique (MCI) Championships in Paris last month where they were reserve champions in the Golega (Elementary level) test.

    Taking to Facebook to talk about her achievements at Keysoe, Nika said; “Another unbelievable day at the office yesterday, making the 4.30am start well worth the trip! Curioso (Q) smashed both championship tests yesterday at Keysoe BD GB PRE and Luso Championships with a 71+% in Elementary 59 and a 66+% in Medium 75! I know I have said this before, but I am so proud of this horse, he has come such a long way and has taught me so much. What a way to end 2017 and bring on 2018!

    Rosie Coulson, who lives locally to Keysoe, also enjoyed a good show earning a personal best score to win the GBPRE Elementary Championship. With her good-looking 14-year-old Spanish gelding, Remador XIII, she was awarded just shy of 70% by judges Pamela Bushell at C and Diane Harvey at E.

    At the advanced levels, Frazer Ball’s nine-year-old PRE breeding stallion, Aquilino MK, took the GBPRE Prix St Georges expertly piloted by Emma Thomas. They scored 65.59%. Meanwhile the 2016 Advanced Medium winners, Jade Clark and Espirito, returned this time to win the Lusitano PSG with a super 68.62%. Espirito, an eight-year-old Portuguese gelding by Spartacus, has made a successful transition to the level, and remains unbeaten so far.

    Jade is a director at Brennan Equestrian where she produces and competes horses under the direction of trainer Sue Brennan. “Another late night yesterday but was totally worth it,” said Jade on the Brennan Equestrian Facebook page. “Espirito won the PSG Lusitano Championship overall with 68% and was 3% ahead. Such a special horse! Thank you Helen [Dolisznyj] for the opportunity with him and to Sue with all the help and support.”

    British Dressage thanks Simon Bates and the team at Keysoe for another successful Championships as well as event sponsor Allen & Page for their outstanding support. Congratulations to all winners and those who took part.

    The Champions:

    GBPRE Prelim
    Rachel Walbeoff with Monteno III, 68.96%

    GBPRE Novice
    Sammy Harrison with Angelito II, 68.37%

    GBPRE Elementary
    Rosie Coulson with Remador XIII, 69.77%

    GBPRE Medium
    Rebecca Brennand with Albero LXXX, 67.91%

    GBPRE Advanced Medium
    Sara Malpass with Pitingo II, 62.50%

    GBPRE Prix St Georges
    Emma Thomas with Aquilino MK, 65.59%

    Lusitano Novice
    Rui Campeao with Garibaldi Di D’Atera, 63.94%

    Lusitano Elementary
    Nika Vorster with Curioso, 71.72%

    Lusitano Medium
    Nika Vorster with Curioso, 66.55%

    Lusitano Advanced Medium
    Emma Pewter with San Rafael, 66.45%

    Lusitano Prix St Georges
    Jade Clark with Espirito, 68.62%

    For ful results click here.
    Photo from Nika Vorster Facebook 











  6. Draughts delight at Keysoe

    The second running of the Draught Horse Championships supported by Allen & Page took place at The College EC, Keysoe in Bedfordshire last weekend (Saturday 4 November 2017).

    The leading combination of the show, with an incredible two titles to their name, was Kirstie Clarke with the gorgeous grey Irish Draught Hawklands Argento Amore (Avanti Amorous Archie x Silver Jasper). Kirstie (18) and the seven-year-old gelding won both the Preliminary and Novice Championships for pure-bred draught horses with scores of 72.91% and 69.03% respectively.

    “We are so thrilled with him,” said owner Charlotte Gilston. “None of us ever expected this. He’s really exceeded all our expectations!”

    ‘Gento’, a much-loved family horse, already has accolades in the show ring with Charlotte’s daughter Floriann but it was a twist of fate that led to this foray into dressage.

    “Both Floriann and Kirstie, who are good friends, had recently passed their driving tests. Kirstie drove round to ours for a cup of coffee and to show us her first car, and it was then that she first clapped eyes on Gento. Kirstie, who normally rides warmbloods, straightaway thought he was talented and agreed to ride him for us. So it went from a cup of coffee to winning two championships!”

    “Kirstie has won a lot on him including her class at the British Riding Clubs National Championships. He moves like a warmblood and Kirstie loves his temperament. He squeals and gets excited when learning new things and smiles once on the centre line!”

    In the show ring Gento has successfully competed in middleweight hunter classes with Floriann, including qualifying for this year’s Royal International Horse Show. “He’ll continue his showing career. It’s been suggested by judges that we show him as a maxi cob and we also hope to show him under side saddle.”

    Halesowen rider Amy Parkes (31) and her Haflinger stallion Stagsden Amaretto (by Oxenead Aristocrat) - pictured - also enjoyed a successful show. Amy, who works as yard manager at the Sivretta Stud in Romsley, reigned supreme in the Elementary for pure-breds winning the class with 67.34%.

    “Wow, what a day! Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this!” said Amy via her Facebook page. “[We] managed to win the first test (E57) which made my day and then I went into the championship test and had no expectations. He went really well and felt amazing doing a really consistent test. [I] had a cuppa and then went to check scores and I couldn't believe we had won! He really is one amazing horse which I owe so much to. He is my rock and my best friend. One very special moment.”

    British Dressage thanks The College EC at Keysoe for another great Championships as well as event sponsor Allen & Page for their outstanding support. Congratulations to all winners and those who took part.

    The Champions:

    Intro for Pure-Breds
    Danielle Ashford with Kessy Van De Honesch, 64.02%

    Intro B for Part-Breds
    Eleanor Bruce with Gold Dust, 61.52%

    Prelim for Pure-Breds
    Kirstie Clarke with Hawklands Argento Amore, 72.91%

    Prelim for Part-Breds
    Helen Delagaudio with Ballycoog Silver Bells, 71.14%

    Novice for Pure-Breds
    Kirstie Clarke with Hawklands Argento Amore, 69.03%

    Novice for Part-Breds
    Liz Driver with Millthyme Lovejoy, 71.15%

    Elementary for Pure-Breds
    Amy Parkes with Stagsden Amaretto, 67.34%

    Elementary for Part-Breds
    Shelagh Morley with Badgerhill Gringo, 67.66%

    For full results click here.





  7. The results are in...

    On Thursday 2 November the Horse and Hound Awards returned for the second year with a glittering ceremony to mark the occasion. The achievements of the dressage world were recognized with two personalities picking up awards and two others shortlisted.

    Triple para gold medalist Julie Payne was deservedly presented with the H & H inspiration award for her phenomenal results at this year’s European Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Former advanced eventer, dressage rider and International endurance rider Julie was diagnosed with MSA and told five years ago that she wouldn’t be able to speak or walk within two years. Despite this she has gone on to achieve at the highest level and constantly maintained an amazing positive outlook. This year she surpassed all expectations aboard Athene Lindebjerg when the pair won every gold medal available to them at the Para European Championships. Outside of the white boards Julie has completed several incredible challenges for charity including climbing Snowdon, completing the world’s highest zip wire and abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit building in London.

    Carl Hester’s wonderful Olympic partner Nip Tuck, owned by Jane de la Mar, was awarded the Cavalor horse of the year accolade.

    13-year-old Barney has had an outstanding year including finishing second to Rio silver medalists Isabel Werth and Weihegold at the World Cup finals in February and coming a close fourth place to just miss out on the medals in the Freestyle event at the European Championships in August.

    Jo Lees represented our amazing volunteers and was only one of four announced in the prestigious shortlist.

    Jo is the BYRDS South-West rep and performs a vital role in supporting and educating many of our young riders. She has tirelessly worked as Chef d’Equipe at inter-regional competitions and home internationals, alongside organising training camps and other activities.

    Debbie Poynter was also nominated for Pikeur Amateur of the Year, a great achievement which reflected her success throughout the year in particular her Petplan Area Festival Championship win at Inter I level.

    For full results of the awards click here

    To view a photo gallery of the event click here


  8. Thrilling finish at Kent & Masters Team Quest Championships

    For another year the highly anticipated Kent & Masters Team Quest Championships returned to Bury Farm EC and thrilled competitors with a great weekend of competition (28 – 29 October).

    Once again the atmosphere, energy and team spirit was outstanding, proving exactly why this event is one of the most popular in the British Dressage calendar. Both the Open and Under 18s sections featured over 20 teams with riders completing two tests over the weekend to contribute to the total scores and Championship results. The Gala evening was also a returning popular element with Quest riders witnessing a superb performance by Leah Beckett to win the Prix St Georges Freestyle judged by Pam Bushell, Felicity Scott and Joyce Head.

    Open Section

    Taking home the spoils in the Open section was the South West based team It’s All About The Bling. The fabulous four are made up by Annette Guler, Annie Frampton-Hobbs, Jacqueline Warren-George and Moira Bonner as well as their equine partners Beckaford Princess Rose, Greenlanes Elidor and Llanidan Survivor. The team, synonymous with their sparkly gilets, lead from day one and finished their competition on a brilliant combined score of 416.97 leaving them almost five percent ahead of their nearest rivals the Chesire Chicks.

    The team’s highest overall scorer was Jacqueline aboard the super consistent Llanidan Survivor; the combination earned 71.54% and 69.87% at Prelim level to put the team in a great position which was well backed up by the other members who also excelled themselves at their respective levels.

    It’s All About The Bling showed off to its best a vital element of the Quest Championships – training and progression. In 2016 the group earned sixth place in the Open competition, this year’s results speak for themselves! The team took to Facebook to announce their win saying, ‘So excited to say that we WON the final of Team Quest 2017 at Bury Farm. What a brilliant weekend with great friends and three amazing horses!’

    Under 18s Section

    In the Under 18s section it was The Cookie Monsters who shone and came out on top in a close battle amongst the younger riders. Only 0.35% split the top three teams which saw the WMDG Bluebirds Team 5 and the Pocket Rockets completing the podium places.

    After sitting in second place overnight the team of Hannah Ullrich, Libby Cooper, Morven Easton and Niamh Murray fought hard on day two to pull themselves into the top spot, an achievement which saw them improve by 12 places on their 2016 finish. Morven, aboard Libby’s pony Woodside Tin Tin, earned the highest individual score of the complete Under 18s competition gaining 71.81% in her day two Introductory C test. In that particular test two of The Cookie Monsters took the two top spots with Libby finishing second with her ace six-year-old who proved to be key to success for the Ayrshire based team.

    On Facebook, proud mum Ann Ullrich praised the super quartet’s success, ‘The Cookie Monsters are still in shock and so are the grums (groom mums). We are so proud of our kids and their fab achievement. Thank you to Bury Farm and BD we all had a fab weekend and also we’ll done to Its All About the Bling.’

    Finishing on a fun note The Cookie Monsters even came to the Championships complete with their own team nicknames; Cool Cookie Hannah, Cute Cookie Morven, Crazy Cookie Libby and Comedy Cookie Niamh. What could capture the Team Quest spirit better?

    British Dressage thanks sponsors Kent & Masters for their generous support, as well as Bury Farm EC and all competitors and their connections who help to make this special event a roaring success.


    1st It’s All About The Bling, 416.97
    2nd Cheshire Chicks, 412.55
    3rd Could B Rounder, 412.31
    4th Enter At A Team, 410.27
    5th Norfolk Collection, 409.95
    6th Vodka Voltes, 409.24
    7th Northern Dancers, 406.49
    8th The Odd Bods, 403.86
    9th Lewis and the Norfolk Divas, 403.50
    10th Dressage Donuts, 400.85

    Under 18s
    1st The Cookie Monsters, 412.17
    2nd WMDG Bluebirds Team 5, 411.92
    3rd Pocket Rockets, 411.82
    4th Derbyshire Young Riders, 404.23
    5th Girls on Top, 401.96
    6th Clarke Res Rockets, 400.41
    7th WMDG Bluebirds Team 3, 397.07
    8th WMDG Bluebirds Team 1, 396.90
    9th The Only Way Is Dressage, 395.13
    10th Beaufort Belles, 392.56

    Full results for the Team Quest Championships click here.

    To find out more about how to get involved in Team Quest and individual series My Quest head on over to the Team Quest webpage or the Team Quest Facebook page.

  9. 2017-18 Young Professionals selected

    The first intake of the revitalised Young Professional Programme has been announced following two selection days at the yards of international riders Sarah Millis and Emile Faurie.

    The 12-month BEF Young Professional Programme, funded by Sport England and run in conjunction with British Dressage, has been developed to support athletes to transition out of the youth development pathway. The Programme is designed to help young riders build a wider skill-set and support their personal and career development, enabling them to thrive and earn a living in the wider equestrian sport network.

    This revised programme features a series of interactive workshops, with the young athletes benefiting from the expertise of business mentors from their sport, Hartpury staff, and high profile speakers covering a range of topics. As a cross-discipline programme, it is delivered in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping.

    The first interactive workshop was held at University Centre Hartpury on 31 October where the inducted athletes met their mentors and the Head of Performance Pathways at BEF, David Hamer.

    Says David: “Many young athletes struggle with the finances needed to be able to continue in our sport. This initiative helps them to run a business and gain skills that will help their overall personal and professional development.

    “This first workshop gave the riders a taste of what to expect over the next 12 months and pushed them to think about what they need to do to achieve their aspiration. I am looking forward to seeing how this group of young professionals develop and what they can go on to achieve.”

    Fraser Doherty MBE, an award-winning Young Entrepreneur and motivational speaker, shared the motivating story of his business success ‘SuperJam’, a fruit jam company, before Professor Tony Ghaye and the careers team from Hartpury set the scene for the programme with the first personal development planning session.

    Daisy Coakley (pictured), a Young Professional selected for the programme and formerly on the BEF England Excel Talent Programme, says: “The first workshop exceeded all my expectations. It was very interesting to listen to Fraser and his presentation taught me that resilience and having belief in yourself will help you succeed. The interaction throughout the day really pushed me; I’m very excited to see what will happen next.”

    The BEF Young Professional Programme includes eight workshops, running until summer 2018.

    Young Professionals are as follows, by discipline:

    Dressage: Samantha Bloor, Emily Blount, Rosie Boulton, Daisy Coakley, Roberta Collyer, Charlotte Drakeley, Jezz Palmer, Amy Schiessl.
    Eventing: Charlotte Bacon, Charlotte Dennis, Tom Grant, Alexander Tordoff, Indie Vaughan-Jones.
    Showjumping: Rosie Bell, Sara Copley, Georgia Leader-White, Brandon Stalker.

  10. Carl set to debut new ride in Liverpool

    Legend Carl Hester is set to take centre-stage alongside a stellar line-up at this year’s Liverpool International Horse Show.
    A new addition to this exciting festive and New Year equestrian finale, Carl will ride the hugely talented and much-admired Hawtins Delicato in the Inter I Freestyle (Dressage to Music) class on the Friday evening.

    Hawtins Delicato was the ride of Charlotte Dujardin, when winning the Inter 1 at Bolesworth International in 2016, the Future Elite Championship at HOYS the same year and more recently the Inter II Championship at the British Dressage National Championships in September.

    Carl is yet to compete the attractive nine-year-old, bay gelding - jointly owned with long standing supporter Anne Cory - that has caught plenty of attention in the dressage arena.

    Said Carl: “To have dressage at the Liverpool International Horse Show is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to competing Hawtins Delicato at the Echo Arena.

    “As the sport has grown competitors in the world of dressage are very fortunate to have so many more prestigious shows and venues to compete at and it is great to add Liverpool to the calendar.”

    An international line-up will dance the night away to their chosen music at what looks set to be a brilliant evening performance on December 29.

    Liverpool International Horse Show President, Nina Barbour said: “We are delighted that Carl and Hawtins Delicato will be competing at the show.

    “Dressage is new to the timetable and attracting such a well-known international star as Carl is fantastic for the event.

    “The Echo Arena is a brilliant venue and there will certainly be plenty of atmosphere to give the crowd a real taste of top class dressage, showcasing some of our best riders, as well as up and coming equine stars of the future.”
    Hospitality at The Liverpool International Horse Show is second to none and makes a fantastic present for great friends and family. Whether on the purpose-built platform at the head of the arena or in one of the VIP boxes – you won’t be disappointed.

    This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from December 29 to 31, at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

    For further information and to book tickets visit

    To reserve VIP Hospitality tickets on the purpose-built stage at the head of the arena please contact Hospitality Manager, Melanie Simm on 01829 307676 or email


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