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 initiative 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 listed below that are able to host the training days and offers an opportunity for riders from their own group and local groups to ride on these training days.
To be eligible to apply to ride on these days riders must:
Hold a National classification within the Grades I – IV and be eligible to compete in British Dressage Para-Equestrian competition*
Be currently scoring 60% or above in their relevant grade at RDA qualifiers for the RDA National Championships
Your application will be accepted within one of the following age groups:
Group 1 - Riders between 10-14yrs
Group 2 - Riders between 15-20yrs
Group 3 - Riders 21 yrs and above
The limited places available at each training day will mean that rider places will be allocated across the age groups as appropriate.
Riders who wish to be considered for a place on a regional training day should download the application form below and return the completed application form with a copy of your RDA classification letter to: Georgie Wheeler, British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH.
Your application will then go on to our training database and once we have enough riders in a region to offer a training day, you will be notified by email of a date and venue.
BEF Para-Equestrian Entry Programme Contact: Georgie Wheeler
T: 02476 698904
*Riders with Learning Disabilities:
Currently under Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules, a rider with intellectual disabilities, who does not have a physical classification, is covered under Profile 39 of the Classification Guide (applicable to Grade III). This profile remains inactive at present so riders in Profile 39 are currently not eligible to compete in Para-Equestrian competition run under BD & FEI rules. This policy will reviewed in line with any future decisions made by the FEI.
BEF Entry Programme - Venues
The Unicorn Centre: Stainton Way, Hemlington, Middlesborough, TS8 9LX - ACTIVE
New Barn Farm: Chelford Road, Ollerton, Knutsford, WA16 8SZ - ACTIVE
Middleton Park EC: EC, Middleton, Leeds, LS11 5TZ
Mid Cheshire RDA: New Barn Livery, Chelford Road, Ollerton, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8SZ - ACTIVE
Scropton Group, The Riding Centre, Watery Lane, Scropton, DE65 5PL - ACTIVE
Abingdon RDA – training held at Gainfield Farm, Nr Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8QH – ACTIVE
Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders Ltd: Conquest Farm, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6PN
Avon RDA: Kings Weston Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QT ACTIVE
Cotswold RDA: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham RDA School, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH - ACTIVE
Lowlands Farm RDA: Shrewley, Warwickshire, CV35 7AX - ACTIVE
The Diamond Centre: Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4DT - ACTIVE
South Bucks RDA: Mill House Farm, Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4QR
Arrow Riding & Carriage Driving Centre: Darenth Park Ave, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6LZ
Little Brook Equestrian Centre: East Park Lane, Newchapel, Surrey, RH7 6HS
Penniwells RDA: Edgewarebury Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3RG
Chigwell Riding Trust: Grange Farm, High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP ACTIVE
Oaklands College: Smallford, Hatfield Road, Oaklands, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0JA ACTIVE