British Dressage Convention November 24-25

British Dressage will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire  on November 24 – 25, supported by Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

This year, the event will be looking dressage with ‘20:20 vision’, from the viewpoint of a panel of leading experts, including elite riders and trainers Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Sophie Wells plus FEI 4* Judge Peter Storr and Dr Rachel Murray, Senior Orthopaedic Advisor at the Animal Health Trust.

British Dressage Convention

The term 20:20 vision is used to indicate perfect sight, which is what dressage riders, coaches and judges spend their careers striving for, in their attempt to achieve total harmony between horse and rider. The perfect ten, achieved through excellence, clarity, flawlessness… That’s always the focus but a number of different factors are involved in making it happen:

Rider: our own skill, our ability to train and realise potential and our aptitude to constantly evolve and learn in any given situation.

Coach: the talent for imparting knowledge with great clarity, reading a situation and capability of bringing the best out of both horse and rider.

Judge: seeing the complete picture, the knack of providing feedback in the right tone to encourage and providing riders with a fair measure of their training progress.

Support: veterinary, physiotherapy, nutrition, medical, psychology all have a key part to play.

Getting the best from horse and rider in modern times is all about taking a holistic approach for an all-round ‘team’ effort. It’s not just a rider in an arena; it’s a series of processes, a systematic methodology and a great deal of time.

Emile Faurie
Photo: British Dressage

It will take a journey through the career path of both horse and rider as they start at Novice before moving up the levels towards the ultimate aim, Grand Prix. With the year 2020 on the horizon, there is the chance to hear the inside track from three top riders on their plans for producing their top horses to peak for Tokyo and the associated challenges, alongside tips, advice and knowledge for anyone involved in dressage.

To celebrate 20 years, there is a new early-bird ticket rate on weekend and daily tickets available now until Sunday 23 September.  All tickets are just £72 for a weekend pass or £45 to enjoy one of the days.

After this, prices rise with rates for BD members, BHS members and non-members.  Also, we’re offering tickets at this rate for anyone under 25 throughout the booking process. You can book online via the BD online shop at or over the phone by calling 02476 698833/831. Please note that under 25 tickets must be booked by phone to verify age.

BD Training Director Paul Hayler commented; “We had to mark our 20th anniversary in some fashion and I’m proud to be able to bring five of Britain’s leading minds to one great weekend to give an all-round analysis of dressage.

“All of our presenters will bring their own style and beliefs to the sessions and these five will certainly get everyone thinking, whatever their role in dressage.  Our new early bird offer gives you the chance to save 10 per cent on ticket prices which is excellent news – but act quickly, as you only have until the Sunday of the Nationals to take advantage. We look forward to welcoming you to Hartpury for what promises to be a fantastic weekend.”


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