Dressage offers the opportunity for riders to show a judge, parents, friends and helpers what has been achieved during the riding sessions.
It can also help an instructor to set goals, allowing the riders to demonstrate often hidden reservoirs of determination to achieve and can vividly show the benefits of previous instruction. Dressage can be easily linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum.
In this section you will find all the resources and guidance you need to include dressage in your RDA sessions and to enter RDA competitions.
National Dressage Conference
On Sunday 12th March 2017 we will be holding the first RDA National Dressage Conference at Scropton RDA in Derbyshire. We will be covering, Training in Group Sessions, Classification, Preparing for Competitions and Freestyle Tests. To confirm your place please print and return the booking form no later than 2 weeks prior to the conference.
Dressage Judge Training
Monday 20th March we have our annual Dressage Judges Training Day which is also open to Coaches, Riders and Regional Dressage Reps. This will be held at Urchinwood Manor Equestrian Centre, Congresbury, Nr Bristol, BS49 5AP. We will also be holding an additional Judges Training Day in the Autumn in the North, details are yet to be confirmed.
BEF Para-Equestrian Entry Programme
This training initiative supported by funding from Sport England offers up to 2 training days a year in five England regions and is taken by top International coaches. The aim of this is to encourage young riders to make the next steps towards competing in British Dressage (BD) Para-Equestrian competitions and entry onto the talent pathway. This programme assists these riders to move onto the more advanced talent pathway schemes leading to the BEF Excel Talent Programme. These regional training sessions take place in RDA centres this offers an opportunity for riders from their own group and local groups to ride on these training days.
For more details please see http://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Para-Equestrian-Entry-Programme
Intro Para-Equestrian Competitions
This competition series helps ‘bridge the gap’ between competing at RDA dressage competitions and affiliated British Dressage (BD) competitions. The aims is to break down some of the perceived barriers that stop riders starting in what is now one of the best competition pathways in the World. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps in to the BD competition structure.
For more details please see http://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Para-Intro-Shows
Want to get started in British Dressage? Then why not take part in the new Open RDA classes?
From 1st August 2015 Intro Shows will now include an Open RDA class – This class is a non-qualifier class open to riders who are eligible to compete in the RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2013) walk, trot and canter. It is a requirement that riders must be members of an RDA centre and this should be clearly stated on the entry form. The test used will be the RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2013) walk, trot and canter and this competition will be run under RDA rules. This class is not a qualifier for the British Dressage Intro Show Championships.