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.


British Dressage Para Intro Shows

As part of the 2013 – 17 Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage and British Equestrian Federation have developed a  Para-Dressage Intro competition which is aimed to help riders ‘bridge the gap’ between the RDA and the BD competition structure.

Venues already identified for Spring 2014 are The Diamond Centre in Surrey, Mid Cheshire RDA, Somerby Livery Centre in Leicestershire and The Unicorn Centre in Middlesbrough.


Mid Cheshire RDA  13th April

Somerby Livery Centre May18th

The Unicorn RDA 8th June

Diamond RDA Centre 15th June

Rider who are classified Grades I – IV will have the opportunity to compete against each other and get feedback to help them improve their test riding and will have the opportunity to ride the same test twice on the day. Further details are available on the British Dressage website on the competitions page and all future venues and dates will be published in future editions of the British Dressage Magazine


RDA Dressage Anywhere Championship

Do you struggle to get out and compete?

RDA and Dressage Anywhere have come together to increase the opportunities for RDA Riders to compete at Dressage. Simply record your test and send it to Dressage Anywhere… no travelling involved!

Please see this link for more information http://www.dressageanywhere.com/ or contact Sarah Hadley at the RDA National Office at shadley@rda.org.uk or 01926 405967. 


Open Competition for RDA & Para Riders

On the 3rd October 2014 Leamside Equestrian Centre in County Durham are holding a dressage competition for RDA & Para riders.  For the opportunity to compete at this new equestrian centre, gain competition experience and potentially take home a trophy & rosette please download an entry form http://leamsideequestrianltd.co.uk/event/rda-dressage-friday-3rd-october/


Last Updated: September 8, 2014