Build a career in dressage

Progress and perform in all aspects of the sport. Look at how you can improve your skills, gain new knowledge and build a career in the sport.

If you’re aged 18 or over and looking to start progressing towards a professional career in dressage, BD Youth is the perfect starting place. Take a look at our associated programmes to find the right pathway for you.

BD Apprenticeships

In partnership with Sport Structures, find out more about our employment pathway of nationally recognised Intermediate and Advanced apprenticeship equestrian qualifications, frequently asked questions and jobs board.


Young Professionals Programme

The BEF Young Professionals Programme, funded by Sport England, is designed to support the young athletes moving out of the talent pathway into the wider equestrian sport network. This 12 month programme includes up to eight core sessions presented by industry experts and covers topics such as business management and business operations, insurance and finance, media awareness, personal development and career enhancement.


Young judges and coaches

If you're 18 and above, you can train to be a listed judge, or apply to take your British Dressage Coaching Certificate. Through our judge training programme, it can take only six to eight months to become a listed judge. For the coach route once you hold a BDCC dressage specific qualification it demonstrates that you have the technical knowledge and practical ability to coach riders to the level of the qualification gained.


Podium Potential Pathway

Supported by UK Sport and Sport England, this exciting pathway provides education to develop foundation skills for successful future performance. This level of the World Class Programme aims to help athletes from national youth programmes, and those who have already progressed to senior level, make the transition into higher levels of the performance pathway. 

Selected athletes access top equestrian specialists whilst on the programme, including international coaches with human and equine sport science support from physiotherapists, sport psychologists, nutritionists, vets, farriers and saddlers.