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BD Vacancy: Pony Selector

British Dressage is the National Governing Body of the sport of dressage in the UK and is responsible for the development of riders to represent Great Britain at all levels in FEI competitions, including our Under 21 International Teams. This is an exciting time to join British Dressage and the sport is enjoying a public profile like never before, with over 17,000 members taking part in 2,500 days of affiliated dressage competition every year.

The Pony Selector is a voluntary role, which requires excellent current knowledge and experience of international dressage and rules, a good understanding of elite sport and high performance systems, including the World Class Programmes, as well as an appreciation of the role / responsibilities of key organisations such as UK Sport, FEI, BEF and BD.

This role requires proven technical expertise, along with the willingness to learn, who can attend Viewing Days, Prime or Progress Squad sessions (when required), nominated Premier League and National competitions, as well as International competitions at home and abroad. In addition, you would be required to attend the pre-European Championships support team meetings, the Pony European Championships and two U21 International Team meetings per annum.

You will set and maintain the standard of Team GBR and BD values of fairness, integrity, good sportsmanship and mutual respect under the pressure of competition, championing the team first ethos in the pursuit of excellence. The ability to conduct your duties impartially and objectively, in accordance with the agreed policies and procedures, acting with sensitivity, tact and diplomacy at all times, is an essential part of the role.

You will be a confident communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to respond promptly to communications from colleagues and other stakeholders. Some weekend / evening work and international travel is integral to the role and you will be familiar with using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook as relevant.

For more information please see www.britishdressage.co.uk for a copy of the Job Description. To apply, please send a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV by email to Angela Green: angela.green@britishdressage.co.uk.

Voluntary role: Expenses only, under the BD Selectors Expenses Policy
Closing date: 14 September 2018
Interview date: w/c 24 September 2018

Posted: 20/08/2018
Showjumper buys exciting prospect in young stallion at Brightwells Elite auction for £22k
The elite showjumping sale took place at Addington Manor EC on Saturday 18 August with an average purchase price of £14,000
Posted: 20/08/2018
How to master sitting trot: 4 tips to help you become dressage ready
Credit: Karen Chaplin
Read these tips from an international dressage rider to help you learn how to ride a perfect sitting trot
Posted: 20/08/2018
BD Abroad: Donaueschingen CDI4*

Results of the British rider who competed last week at Donaueschingen CDI4* in Germany, 16 – 19 August 2018).

Grand Prix
1st Isabell Werth with Weihegold Old, 82.652% (GER)
6th Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 70.261% (GBR) - pictured earlier this year

Grand Prix Special
1st Sönke Rothenberger with Cosmo 59, 84.362%
6th Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 70.170%

For full results click here

Photo © Kevin Sparrow

Posted: 20/08/2018
Former four-star winner and European medallist among latest Burghley withdrawals
Burghley withdrawals
Paul Tapner and Bonza King Of Rouges win the MS Amlin eventers’ challenge at the Royal International 2018. Picture by Peter Nixon
Several potential top-10 contenders are among the latest horses to be withdrawn from next week’s Burghley
Posted: 20/08/2018
24 of the most embarrassing comments you’re likely to get from a dressage judge

When your test hasn't gone quite as planned, there are some comments from the judges that you have to laugh at (...in hindsight)

Nikki Crisp & Pasoa (299) - Horse Health Grand Prix Freestyle Championship - LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2014 - Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, United Kingdom - 21/09/2014 © Jon Stroud Media 2014, all rights reserved
When your test hasn’t gone quite as planned, there are some comments from the judges that you have to laugh at (...in hindsight)
Posted: 20/08/2018
BD Abroad: Exloo CDIY

Results of the British rider who competed last week at Exloo CDIYJP in the Netherlands, 15 – 17 August 2018.

CDIY – Young Rider Team Test
1st Carlijn Vaessen with Fossbury, 69.755% (NED)
4th Angus Corrie-Deane (pictured) with Tiny Tempur, 66.814% (GBR)
Full results

CDIY – Young Rider Individual Test
1st Carlijn Vaessen with Fossbury, 70.686% (NED)
3rd Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur, 67.794% (GBR)
Full results

CDIY Young Rider Freestyle
1st Alexa Westendarp with Der Prinz 4, 73.300% (GER)
4th Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur, 69.575% (GBR)
Full results

Posted: 20/08/2018
Major medal contender ruled out of the World Equestrian Games
Cathrine DUFOUR riding Atterupgaards Cassidy (CDIO5) DEN competing in the Grand Prix CDIO during the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen in Germany between 20 - 23th July 2017
Denmark’s team medal chances for WEG have suffered a major blow with the loss of a top rider
Posted: 20/08/2018
Crib-biting research could ‘inform human mental health’
‘Interfering with crib-biting could leave the horse vulnerable to the damaging effects of stress’
Posted: 20/08/2018
The Blair-bound blog — my first one-star: last-minute brakes testing and a gazebo disaster
Louise is preparing for the two-day journey to Scotland
Posted: 20/08/2018
How to manage your horse’s weight *H&H VIP*
Is our equine population heading towards an obesity crisis? A recent report brings the problem into sharp focus, as Andrea Oakes discovers
Posted: 20/08/2018
Where to stay at Burghley Horse Trials
CORNACREW Simon Grieve
Combine a weekend of world class sporting action with an overnight stay in Stamford, one of Lincolnshire’s finest towns
Posted: 20/08/2018
Jane Davies Memorial Lunch

Jane Davies sadly passed away on 26th May 2018 and in her memory there will be an informal lunch at House Farm on Tuesday 4th September.


Posted: 19/08/2018
Live Streaming from the Scope Festival

Posted: 19/08/2018
British Young Horse Showjumping Championships 2018

Posted: 19/08/2018
Facebook campaign opens doors for ‘diva’ donkey to compete at county show
‘I think there’s realisation that other equines may be different but can still do the job, and why shouldn’t they?’
Posted: 19/08/2018
Guy Williams finishes close 2nd in Deauville Grand Prix

Posted: 18/08/2018
Fry cooks up a storm at U25 Championships in Exloo

by Louise Parkes


Posted: 17/08/2018
AGM 2018 - update to proposed Articles of Association

At this year’s Annual General Meeting of British Dressage (AGM), to be held on 20 September 2018, it is proposed that new articles of association are adopted. Notice of the AGM was issued on 22 June 2018 and details of the new articles of association were uploaded onto British Dressage’s website on 10 July 2018.

As a result of feedback received from members of British Dressage, the BD Board of Directors have agreed to some further changes to the new articles of association. The final articles of association (to be adopted at the AGM), plus a comparison (showing all the proposed changes to be made to the existing articles of association) are now available on the British Dressage website (updated 17 August 2018), by following the links below.

Articles of Association of British Dressage

Comparison showing proposed changes

Posted: 17/08/2018
“Generation Z” athletes aiming to shine at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Over 100 “Generation Z” athletes - born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s - have been named on the nominated entry list for next month’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, the pinnacle of equestrian sport, in North Carolina (USA).

Amongst these athletes are three 10-year-old vaulters who, alongside their fellow “Gen Zs” from 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East, are bidding to represent their nation at the FEI World Equestrian Games™.

Posted: 17/08/2018
Freestyle GOLD for Fry

On the final day of competition at the 2018 U25s European Championships, held at the Hippisch Centrum Exloo, history was made by the invincible Charlotte Fry and her superstar dancing partner Dark Legend (13 – 17 August).

Rising star Charlotte has had a phenomenal month in which her talent and dedication has seen her enjoy results to dream of. With her own and Anne Van Olst’s 10-year-old gelding Dark Legend, an energetic freestyle brought her another FEI Championship medal, this time a historic gold.

The score for the duo was 82.14%, which left them an astonishing three percent in front of Germany’s Jill-Marielle Becks who’s performances throughout the week with Christian and Melanie Becks’ Damon’s Satellite have impressed the panel of judges and spectators alike. The two riders have been locked in battle at this event, each winning a test before today but Charlotte and Dark Legend capitalized on their late draw to blow the competition away.

Their test saw them earn no less than 17 nines from the judges panel consisting of Francisco Guerra Diaz (ESP), Peter Storr (GBR), Francis Verbeek-van Rooy (NED), Magnus Ringmark (SWE) and Susanne Baarup (DEN). The five judges ranked her unanimously in first place.

A maximum number of three British riders came forward to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, with Ryan Todd and Rebecca Edwards also enjoying an exciting final test.

Rebecca Edwards and Sarah Oppenheimer’s experienced Dimaggio sired gelding Headmore Delegate set the standard at the start of the class scoring 70.77%. Becky and ‘Del’ earned their highest placing of the week in this class, finishing in an eventual 15th place.

Ryan Todd and his mother Julie’s Charlex Eskebjerg also produced a brilliant test to score 70.79% in their second U25s Championship together. Ryan and Charlie placed 14th to finish their time in the under 25s category in style.

Congratulations to all four riders on a history-making week from all at British Dressage. Thanks go to Equestrian Team GBR, Musto and FalPro for their support of the under 25s team.


Freestyle to Music
1st Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 82.14% (GBR)
14th Ryan Todd with Charlex Eskbjerg, 70.79% (GBR)
15th Rebecca Edwards with Headmore Delegate, 70.77% (GBR)

For full results, click here.

Posted: 17/08/2018
Great Britain's dressage team for WEG announced

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today confirmed the dressage team, selected by the British Dressage selection panel, for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 11-23 September 2018.

The athletes selected are (in alphabetical order);

Charlotte Dujardin CBE from Gloucestershire, with the Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Freestyle

Emile Faurie from Oxfordshire, with Hof Kasselmann KG’s Dono Di Maggio

Carl Hester MBE from Gloucestershire, with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato

Spencer Wilton from Reading, with Jen Goodman and his own Super Nova II

The selected reserves have been confirmed as;

Emile Faurie with Elena Knyaginicheva’s Delatio, as a direct reserve for Dono Di Maggio

Lara Butler from Gloucestershire, with Dr Wilfried and Mrs Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad

Dressage Performance Manager, Caroline Griffith comments; “It’s very exciting to be working with a team of riders that have such a wealth of experience between them and I know that they will use that experience to best effect. We have seen some great scores this year from those on the short list, which, for me, underlines the strength of the four athletes and horses that will be travelling to Tryon.

“If anyone can prepare this high calibre group of young horses for a World Equestrian Games, we know Carl, Charlotte, and Emile can. Add to that Spencer and we have capacity for some truly exciting team scores and a great competition.”

Chief Executive of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam adds; “We’re exceptionally lucky to be in a position to field four riders with Olympic experience in Carl, Charlotte, Emile and Spencer. In our team for WEG we have three exciting young horses making their Championship debut, alongside a fourth making his third consecutive team appearance. They have all been carefully campaigned through the year to peak for Tryon - and with the team’s vast experience of preparing for the big occasion; confidence in the camp is high. We are looking forward to seeing these combinations in action and wish them all the very best in the USA.”

Commenting on their selection;

Charlotte Dujardin: “I'm delighted and really excited to be going. Tryon was my aim for this year and I'm excited to be heading there with her [Mount St John Freestyle]; she is still only nine and inexperienced, but I feel really lucky, the sort of atmosphere she is going to experience there I know she can handle, she's fantastic in that sort of environment. I think it's going to be an amazing experience.”

Emile Faurie: “It was exciting to receive the call for the team and I can’t wait to head out there and take in what is sure to be an amazing atmosphere. We’ve got a really strong team this year with everyone scoring over 74%. Dono is an exceptional horse and he’s probably one of the best horses I’ve had at a championship.”

Carl Hester: “It’s an unusual situation because both of us [Carl and Charlotte] are taking out new horses, but I think they are very exciting, it will be an exciting championships. My passion is producing new horses so it is very satisfying when you get them to this level. From a team point of view, it’s a very experienced team, with four riders who have all competed at an Olympics. I am really looking forward to getting out there.”

Spencer Wilton: “I’m so happy for Jen; she has invested a lot of time and money and this really means a lot to us. We had a tricky start to the season with injuries but we’ve come back and performed well and Neville [Super Nova II] feels amazing. I’m very optimistic about this year and the team we have. Carl, Charlotte and Emile have all got bags of championship experience and I’ve got a couple of championships under my belt, and I think we could really impress people in Tryon.”

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.

Posted: 17/08/2018
INDIVIDUAL SILVER for Charlotte Fry at the Euros!

There's more fabulous news from the FEI u25 European Championships in Exloo, the Netherlands. Charlotte Fry has done us proud, taking the indvidual silver for Great Britain in the u25 Grand Prix aboard her own and Van Olst Horses' Dark Legend. This is in addition to the team bronze won by the Brits yesterday.

Charlotte and 10-year-old gelding Dark Legend (Zucchero x Tango) achieved a personal best score of 75.308% to finish a whisker behind Germany's Jill-Marielle Becks and Damon's Delight (Damon Hill x Rubin-Royal) who won the gold medal with 75.385%. Third spot on the podium was occupied by Denmark's Victoria E Vallentin and Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2 (74.000%).

Charlotte's teammates also put up good performances; Yorkshire's Ryan Todd and Charlex Eskebjerg, owned by Julie Todd, placed 15th with 68.872%; Becky Edwards with Sarah Oppenheimer's Headmore Delegate scored 67.718% for 18th; Claire Gallimore who, like Charlotte is based in the Netherlands, posted 66.077% with Jane Gallimore's lovely Scandic daughter Annette Ballerina for 28th.

For full results click here

Photo copyright Digishots

Posted: 17/08/2018
Watch the FEI World Equestrian Games at SsangYong Blenheim Palace

It has long been recognised that SsangYong Blenheim Palace’s CIC3* class for eight- and nine-year-old horses is the most significant stepping stone to success at championship level, and the recent announcements of teams for this year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) really underlines that.

Posted: 16/08/2018
British Eventing season extension

Following the recent member survey regarding the extension of the British Eventing season, we are happy to announce two additional fixtures; Aston Le Walls (5) on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October and Horseheath (3) on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018.

Posted: 16/08/2018
British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships

Posted: 16/08/2018
BRONZE for the u25s at the Euros!

News in from Exloo in the Netherlands that our u25 quartet have done us proud to secure a team bronze, narrowly missing the silver.  Yorkshire's Ryan Todd got us off to a great start in today's Inter II to settle the team medals with his mum Julie's Charlex Eskebjerg with a solid 68.91% which was closely followed by a 68.26% by Becky Edwards riding Sarah Oppenheimer's Headmore Delegate on 68.26%.

Dutch based Claire Gallimore scored 67.02% with Annette Ballerina before it was the turn of anchor rider Lottie Fry, brimming with confidence after her recent rides and gold medal at the World Breeding Championships with Glamourdale, with Van Olst Horses and her own Dark Legend (pictured). The duo are well established and have been competing in both senior and u25 CDIs this season and that clearly showed when the final mark settled on a stunning 74.94%.

Left to right: Charlotte Fry, Claire Gallimore, Becky Edwards, Ryan Todd and Chef d'Equipe Caroline Griffith.

No one could better Charlotte so she topped the podium and it was third in the end for the British quartet on 212.11 behind champions Germany on 219.70 and home side the Netherlands silver on 212.76.

Tommorow the intensity and difficulty is upped in the Grand Prix competition.  

Full results and times - click here

Photo copyright Digishots 

Posted: 16/08/2018
Dates announced for the 2018/2019 BE Winter Series

With two months of the eventing season remaining we can now share details and dates for the BE winter series, sponsored by Baileys, which will get underway with Arena Eventing on 3rd November at Epworth in South Yorkshire.

Posted: 15/08/2018
Step up to Gold Programme 2018/2019 applications are now open

Posted: 15/08/2018
British Showjumping?s Team NAF announced for Gijon CSIO5* FEI Nations Cup

Posted: 15/08/2018

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