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.

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

  • 8th November – Lowlands RDA, Warwickshire
  • 31st January – Diamond Centre, Surrey
  • 13th March – Unicorn Centre, Middlesbrough

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

Current Show Dates

  • 1st November – Mid Cheshire RDA, Cheshire
  • 8th November – Unicorn Centre, Middlesbrough
  • 22nd November – Diamond Centre, Surrey
  • 29th November – Prescott, Shropshire
  • 6th December – Lowlands, Warwickshire

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. 

Para-Equestrian National Classification

Classification ensures that athletes compete equitably with other Para-Equestrian athletes.  It provides a structure for competition and is undertaken to ensure that an athlete’s impairment is relevant to performance on the horse.  Classification aims to put athletes into classes or Grades according to how much their impairment impacts on the core determinants of success in the sport.

The purpose of the Para-Equestrian Classification is also to minimise the impact of impairment on the outcome of the competition, so that an athlete’s success in competition relies on training and personal equestrian skill.  Classification is an on-going process whereby all athletes are under regular observation by classifiers to ensure consistency and fairness for all athletes.

For further information please see the following documents







Last Updated: October 30, 2015