Are you ready for the ‘Best of British’?

10th Jul 2015

At British Dressage, we’ve got lots to celebrate… golden girl Charlotte Dujardin remains world number one with her Olympic, World and European medals still gleaming, Carl Hester is recognised world-wide as one of dressage’s leading lights, our talented riders, judges and officials are highly respected and in demand all over the world plus our membership continues to grow, meaning more and more people in Britain are enjoying dressage. So, we’re excited to announce that this year’s British Dressage National Convention will showcase the ‘Best of British’ featuring a never seen before line up.  Held at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire over 21 – 22 November, the event is simply a must-attend for any dressage enthusiast; trainers, judges, riders, officials, fans, you’re all invited to celebrate with us. 

Our first two names confirmed are none other than Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin!  The dynamic duo will focus on very different ends of the training spectrum with Carl concentrating on grand prix while Charlotte will share her methods on producing young horses, with the help of Mount St John Stud. It’s the perfect opportunity to gain an insight into the approaches from two of the world’s biggest names.

Widely acknowledged as the leading dressage learning showcase, the National Convention has traditionally featured a single, high profile presenter but we’re taking a departure from that in 2015 and going for number of presenters in a packed programme which will cover a variety of topics across the levels.   There’s so much talent to call on in Britain, so this year, it’ll be an assault on your senses, learning ability and memory bank!  The days will be broken down into sessions where some presenters may ride or they may have demo riders to teach as well as question & answers sessions with some room for healthy debate.

British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler commented; “When I was elected to the training role, revitalising the National Convention was one of my main ambitions.  With the BD team, we’ve done exactly that and visitors this year will find a professional showcase with top British talent.  While the entertainment level will be raised significantly, the essence of learning, thought-stimulation and questioning our methods will still play a vital part.  I’d urge everyone with an interest in the sport to attend as it promises to be one of the greatest dressage gatherings ever witnessed.  I’m very much looking forward to sharing our plans over the coming months!”

While the presenters will be the same all weekend, daily content will be different and with a two day ticket just £80 for BD paid members and £90 for non-members, you’ll be guaranteed not to miss a moment.  Daily tickets are £50 for members and £55 for non-members.  Tickets go on sale today, Friday 10 July.

Plans don’t stop there – we’re working to secure some other major names to add to the bill over the coming weeks but one thing is for certain, tickets will be in huge demand so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets are available through the BD website – via the shop or book over the phone with Claire Carter 02476 698833.