January 28, 2010
Welcome back to the first BD newsletter of 2010. As the snow finally (fingers crossed!) looks to be on its way out, preparations can begin in earnest for what we’re sure will be banner year for dressage. It’s been an exciting start to the season with Laura and Alf breaking two British records in Amsterdam last week & closing the gap on Gal and Totilas. With Regionals next month & Winter Championships less than three months away, there’s no shortage of competition & entertainment coming your way; make sure you don’t miss out on all that’s on offer!
Keep up with all the action and results online at
>> Major Dates 2010
>> BD News Pages
>> BD Message Forum
>> Young Professionals Award Final 15 February, Talland EC
>> National Judges Convention
31 March, Glos
>> BD Winter Championships
7-11 April, Glos
BD Snow Days!
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Step up, Step Forward: Go Affiliated launches
BD has joined forces with British Eventing and British Showjumping to encourage more people to take up competitive riding. We are giving away £1000 cash to one lucky winner... read more
Twenty of the nation’s top equestrian photographers have come together to offer their support to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal.On offer are twenty stunning original equestrian images which will be sold though an online auction...
National Steward Day
The National Steward Training Day 17 March 2010 at Moulton College, promises to be an educational & interactive day for those wanting to improve their stewarding knowledge or for those getting involved for the first time...
Laura B sets two British records
Laura & Alf start off 2010 with a bang at Amsterdam
Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Horjis kicked off the New Year in impressive style at the 2010 CDI-W Amsterdam where they smashed current British records in the Grand Prix and Kur – coming within just four percent of dynamic Dutch duo Edward Gal and Totilas. Taking second in the GP on a record 78.04%, Laura with Alf stepped up their game and put the pressure on Gal and Totilas who finished first on 82.17%.
“I was really happy with the (GP) test as he had no mistakes—he was really relaxed and easy to ride,” said Laura. “The only critique I received from my dad that our extensions weren’t as expressive as they could have been. So I took that feedback into the Freestyle... >>read more
>>View current British and world record holders
Dressage Anywhere launches
Compete without leaving your yard
Dressage Anywhere, a new online dressage competition site has just been launched. Wherever you live you can now ride a British Dressage test of your choice and have it judged by a top British Dressage judge without even leaving the yard! The idea is the brain child of British Dressage List 1 judge and trainer Nereide Goodman together with partners, Lucinda Freeman and Ruth Chappell. They have been developing the project over the past 18 months, working closely with British Dressage and gaining great ideas and... >>read more
World Class Applications open
Programme opens this week to find the best in Britain
Do you have the exceptional talent and dedication to ride and win at Olympic or Paralympic level? Are you are aged between 14 - 30 and eligible to ride for Great Britain & Northern Ireland? If so, the Equestrian World Class Development Programme needs you. The application process for the World Class Development programme for 2011/2012 will open on 30th January 2010...>>read more
BGA release employers book
BD members receive 10% off industry handbook
The British Grooms Association (BGA) announce the launch of their Equine Employers Handbook, the first ever dedicated guide to employing staff in the equestrian industry. The handbook addresses issues from recruiting to discipline and termination, employment facts, sickness and employee relations. Tailored specifically to the challenges of the equine industry, the Handbook includes: Case studies, sample letter templates, practical handy tips, useful links, the legal facts and check lists...>>read more