As part of the Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage (BD) and the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have developed a new initiative, set to launch in 2014.
The initiative is aimed at helping riders to ‘bridge the gap’ between riding with their local Riding for the Disabled centre and British Dressage competitions. It is open to all ages and to people who do not have a full membership with British Dressage.
Lead for the BEF Excel Talent Programme and British Dressage Para Director David Hamer said;
“By now developing a level of British Dressage competition within regional RDA centres, we will hopefully break down some of the perceived barriers that stop riders starting in what is now one of the best competition pathways in the World. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps”.
The Diamond Centre in Surrey will be piloting the project on Sunday 3 November 2013, with the aim of testing the new competition format and structure. There are another four events planned for Spring/Summer 2014.
Riders who are classified Grades I-IV and meet the criteria of a BD Para Group E rider, will have the opportunity to ride a test twice on the day and get feedback from top level (international) coaches.
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