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.
Para Rider Sports Science Day, 16th May, Usk College, Monmouthshire
The day is open to everyone, riders, coaches, judges, RDA and anyone else who is interested in learning more about para dressage. We are very lucky to have secured Ricky Balshaw who will be giving a talk on how he achieved his successes in paralympics and the journey that took him there and the “Road to Rio” Ricky will be joined by Rod Fisher – Team Vet to the Para Equestrian Dressage Team, giving us an insight into what that role entails and how to keep horses fit and sound. There will also be an International Steward and para coach available on the day and a physio be giving a demonstration on how riders can warm up in preparation for an event. We hope to end the day with a riding demonstration. The cost is just £15 which includes refreshments and a light lunch.
BEF Para-Equestrian Entry Programme
RDA, British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) are together, bringing Regional Para Dressage training to your local RDA centre!
This training initiative supported by funding from Sport England will offer up to 2 training days a year in five England regions and will be taken by top International coaches. The aim of this is to encourage young riders to make the next steps towards competing in BD Para-Equestrian competitions. These regional training sessions will take place in RDA centres and will offer 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/Para-Equestrian-Entry-Programme/
BD Para Intro Shows
As part of the 2013 – 2017 British Equestrian Federation Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have developed a new competition series of Para-Equestrian Dressage Competitions.
This series of competitions has been introduced to help “bridge the gap” between competing at RDA level competitions and affiliated BD competitions. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps into the British dressage competition structure.
For further information please see http://www.bef.co.uk/Para-Intro-Shows/ or http://schedules.britishdressage.co.uk/default.aspx for schedule information.
RDA Dressage Anywhere Championship
Do you struggle to get out and compete?
RDA and Dressage Anywhere are continuing working together to increase the opportunities for RDA Riders to compete in Dressage competitions. Simply record your test and send it to Dressage Anywhere… no travelling involved!
Please see this link for more information http://www.dressageanywhere.com/