This year’s British Dressage National Convention will showcase its home-grown talent with a “Best of British” theme, headlined by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.
Widely acknowledged as the leading dressage learning showcase, the convention has traditionally featured a single, high profile presenter but this year there will be a departure from that formula with several presenters in a packed programme which will cover a variety of topics across the levels.
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 and answers sessions with some room for healthy debate. British Dressage is working to secure more major names to add to the bill.
Presenters could not get any higher in profile than Charlotte Dujardin, who remains world number one with her Olympic, World and European medals, and Carl Hester, who is recognised world-wide as one of dressage’s leading lights. The pair will focus on different ends of the training spectrum with Hester concentrating on grand prix while Dujardin will share her methods on producing young horses, with the help of Mount St John Stud.
British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler said revitalising the National Convention was one of his main ambitions when he was elected to his role. “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.”
Tickets for the convention, at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, over the weekend of November 21 and 22, are on sale now. While the presenters will be the same all weekend, daily content will be different.
To book, visit the BD website or phone Claire Carter 02476 698833.
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