1. Watson-Greaves continues campaign in style

    This weekend the third leg of the World Cup Dressage 2017/2018 Western European League took place in Stuttgart, Germany (16 – 18 November). The sole representative travelling to South West Germany for Great Britain was LeMieux National Champion Hayley Watson-Greaves with her superstar partner Rubins Nite. Once again the successful combination enjoyed two great results in hot company.

    In the Grand Prix test, Hayley and ‘Squeaks’ scored 70.060% to place 10th overall. On Facebook Hayley commented that ‘Squeaks was a little tense but he produced the goods.’ Taking the win was reigning World Cup and European Champion Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD, they scored 82.080% to finish six percent ahead of fellow German team member Helen Langenhaneberg with the 15-year-old stallion Damsey FRH.

    Hayley improved by two places in the Freestyle to finish eighth after achieving an excellent score of 75.515%. Once again speaking about her results on Facebook Hayley said, ‘Squeaks was a star today, scored 75.515% for eighth place at Stuttgart German Masters World Cup qualifier. First prize giving under spotlight. We survived!’ Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD topped the class with a whopping 87.575% whilst Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis jr. moved into second improving on their fifth place Grand Prix finish from the previous day.

    Round four of the Western European League will take place in Salzburg, Austria over the first week of December before the World Cup wagon arrives in Great Britain the following week for the highly anticipated London Olympia Horse Show.


    Grand Prix
    1st Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD, 82.080%
    10th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 70.060%

    Grand Prix Freestyle
    1st Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD, 87.575%
    8th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 75.515%

    For full results click here.

    ClipMyHorse streamed the event, follow this link to watch the tests again.

  2. Open Letter to BD Members

    Open Letter to BD Members

    Dear Members,

    We are aware that a number of concerns and issues have been raised by members in the last two weeks in response to recent events and decisions taken by the BD Board.

    There is a Members’ Meeting after the first day of the National Convention at Hartpury College, at 4.00pm on Saturday 25 November, where the Chief Executive, Chair and BD Board of Directors will be on hand to answer all of your questions.  Entry is free and available to all current paid members of British Dressage.

    All members, including those who are unable to attend, are invited to submit their questions in advance by using the following email:  The CEO and Board will endeavour to answer as many of these questions as possible.

    As always, we welcome all constructive feedback from our members and are happy to be open, honest and transparent in our response, providing this is not anything of a commercially sensitive or confidential nature.

    A headline summary of the issues discussed at our members’ meeting will be posted on our website after the National Convention.  This will include a Q&A response for any subsequent follow-up questions, or on specific issues that we were unable to cover fully in the time available.

    We look forward to seeing many of you at the members’ meeting on Saturday and in the meantime thank you all for your ongoing support for British Dressage.

    BD Board of Directors and Chief Executive

  3. BD Abroad: Stuttgart CDI-W

    The following horse and rider combination has been selected to represent Great Britain at Stuttgart CDI-W in Germany (15 – 19 November 2017).

    Hayley Watson-Greaves (34) from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire with her own Rubin’s Nite (Black gelding, 16.3hh, 13yrs, s. Rubin Royal ds. Limbo).

    For start lists and results click here
    Watch the action via the live stream

    Photo credit: PSV Equita



  4. Changes to the BD Board of Directors

    British Dressage today announces some changes to the Board of Directors, with two members of the Board recently standing down from their positions. 

    Newly appointed Finance Director Karen Wilson tendered her resignation after only six weeks in post at the end of last month.  Maggie Copus, who was previously BD’s Finance Director until September this year, has therefore been co-opted back onto the Board with immediate effect and a formal election for this position will take place in due course.

    Jo Graham has also left her position of Judges Director after two years in office.  Jo’s deputy on the Judges Committee, Jane Peberdy, will take over as Chair of the committee on an interim basis and the Board will discuss a replacement Director appointment at their next meeting in December.  A formal announcement will then follow once the Board has fully considered the options available.

    BD Chairman Penny Pollard commented; “It’s always disappointing to lose valued colleagues.  I wish Karen well in her professional role with the oil industry in Scotland and hope that she will stay involved with BD in the future. 

    “We owe Jo an enormous debt of gratitude for her hard work and determination to modernise the Judges training and examination system.  With the help of the office team, technical committee and regional volunteers, BD has revolutionised its methods to the point that we’re now the envy of other countries.  She leaves judging in a healthy place and should be incredibly proud of her achievements.

    “We wish Jo well in her future projects and thank her for giving her time as a volunteer over the past two years in what is a challenging role.

    “We have a great deal of experience on the Board and we will now continue to build on the excellent progress that has already been achieved this year.  To have Maggie back will give us stability and continuity, so we can further our plans to develop a modern, vibrant and successful sport.”

  5. New Club horse registration launched

    Owners and riders of Associate registered horses can now upgrade to the new Club category by ringing the office.   As of 1 December, Associate registration only covers horses competing on a class ticket, to ride in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Combined Training and Associated Championships, horses will need to upgade to the new Club which is just £10 per year.

    Below is the copy from an email which went to all registered owners of Associate horses:

    Dear Member,

    Our records show that your horse HORSE NAME is currently registered as an Associate with us.
    A change in the 2018 rules means that Associate horse registration can now be only used with a class ticket when competing.

    Therefore we wanted to get in contact as we’re proud to launch Club horse registration. A fantastic opportunity to compete in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Music, Combined Training and Young Horse classes for £10 for the whole year – which works out at just 83p a month.

    If you’re intending on competing in any of these classes, after 30 November the horse will need a minimum of Club registration.
    To upgrade your horse to Club, just give the office a call on 02476 698832. Alternatively, in December 2017 you’ll be able to upgrade or register a new Club horse online – so keep an eye out!

    See you down the centre line!

    Michelle, Natasha and Stacey
    The Membership Team