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The NDG is affiliated to the BHS. If you would like to become a member please download the membership form below or book online. Our membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December each year but you can join anytime.


NDG does not have a junior section, membership is restricted to people aged 18 years and over

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Competition Schedule: 2022

Welcome to the competition fixtures for the coming season. It is anticipated that there may be additional competitions added to this scheduled, so please be sure to check the schedule for updates



BRC LogoFor those of you that compete at affiliated competitions, BRC have notified us of some significant hat rule changes.

You can view the full rule changes here >


29th Aug 2022Club CompetitionMyerscough Int. ArenaDianne WoodClick to view schedule-- BOOK
29th Aug 2022Area Team Qualifier - FSM MusicMyerscough Int. ArenaJanet Zaldats----
29th Aug 2022Introductory Championships (Intro and Prelim dressage)Myerscough Int. ArenaJanet Zaldats----
9th Oct 2022NDG ChampionshipsMyerscough Int. ArenaDianne WoodClick to view schedule---
13th Nov 2022Club CompetitionCrow WoodDianne WoodClick to view schedule---
11th Dec 2022NDG Christmas CompetitionMyerscough Int. ArenaDianne WoodClick to view schedule---



Please Note: Due to the recent outbreak of equine flu, all competitors and people riding at our events will be required to send a photo of their passport prior to the competition to the competition organsier to demonstrate correct vaccinations are in place. Please do not bring your passports to present at the show desk.

Any horse whose last annual vaccination was over 6 months ago, is advised to have a booster vaccination done, however this is not compulsory to compete. Any booster administered must be done so at least 7 days prior to the competition, as per FEI Rules.


Who can enter

Competitions are once again open to Member and non-members of the NDG.


Entry fees

Cost of entry is £15.00 per class for members.


Competition classes & arena sizes

Classes run from Intro level up to Advanced medium. Freestyle to Music classes are available from prelim up to advanced medium. NDG aims to provide something for everyone. Intro classes and the first Prelim test are run in a 20 x 40m arena, the rest of the classes are run in a 20 x 60m arena.


Want to do a test not on the competition schedule

Should you wish to try a test not on our schedule such as PSG etc, please contact Dianne Wood 2 weeks before the competition date to allow for test sheets to be purchased


Prelim freestyle to music

Can be either 20 x 40m or 20 x 60m – please specify the size you would like on your entry as it affects times/ arena change etc.


Training tests

Riders who may wish to ride a more advanced test for training purposes may do so. Please make your request well before the closing date to enable us to procure score sheets. Entry for a training test is secured on receipt of an entry fee (as above)


Competition closing dates

Entries are accepted up until the closing date which will be stated on the website, schedule and on Horsemonkey. Closing date will be 4 days before the competition unless otherwise stated. No late entries can be accepted once times have been published. If entry numbers are large then the closing date will be brought forward. Entries may be capped at between 70 and 75 tests.


Riding competition tests H/C

Riders are welcome to enter a class at any level Hors Concours (H/C). Normal entry procedures and tariffs apply.


How to enter

Entries are welcome through horsemonkey or by post with a cheque and entry form which is available to download from our website. All entries must be paid for by the closing date. On the odd occasion that you may be posting an entry at the last minute please inform the entry secretary that it is on the way.



Times will be available 2 days before the competition. These will be published via horsemonkey and available on our website. Times are also available from the entry secretary.



In the unfortunate event that you must withdraw please contact the entry secretary. If a withdrawal is made before the times are published it may be possible to return your entry fee or carry an entry over to the next competition. Once the times are published no refunds can be given.


Qualifying for championships

Northern Dressage Group Championships will be held in October each year at a venue used by the club and will be open to MEMBERS ONLY. Riders are to be a current member at time of qualification. Dates and venue are subject to availability. Trophies and sashes will be awarded to each class winner.Rosettes to 6th place and unplaced riders will receive a championship qualifier rosette. Presentation (mounted/unmounted) will take place dependingon time. Arena walks will be available time permitting. Warm up classes open to members only and time permitting.If you have been placed first at two Championships in the same level, horse cannot compete at that level or below at the following year competition.This is to encourage progression to the higher levels. The committee will consider issuing Wild cards and each case will be considered individually. If combinations gain 35 BD/NDG points at a higher level thismay prevent eligibility for competing at a lower level. Eligibility concerns/clarity can be checked via Dianne Wood


Qualifying rules

2021 Combinations achieving 60% at a level will be eligible to compete. It will be the responsibility of combinations to ensure eligibility. 2022 – Change to qualification rule. Combinations to attend at least 2 club shows and achieve at least60% for qualification. It will be the responsibility of the rider toensure eligibility.


Eligibility for classes

• Intro classes – horse and rider combination not to have achieved more than 15 BD points at prelim or above. Once two scores at 65% or over in prelim classes have been achieved then the combination must move out of Intro level.

• Prelim classes – horse and rider combination not to have achieved more than 15 BD points at novice or above. Once a combination has achieved 70 NDG points they must move up to novice at the end of the season.

• Novice and above: combinations not to have more than 35 BD points at the level above that at which they are competing. (e.g a horse and rider with more than 35 BD points at elementary may not enter a novice class competitively)

• The committee recognises that many experienced riders often have young horses which benefit from a few outings at intro or prelim level. Therefore we do not take BD rider classification into account when looking at eligibility for classes at our club competitions. Please be aware that this could affect your eligibility to compete on a team at a riding club’s area qualifier.


NDG points

Points are awarded for each class depending on the percentage scored as follows:

60 - 61.99% = 1 point

62 - 63.99% = 2 points

64 - 65.99% = 3 points

66 - 67.99% = 4 points

68 - 69.99% = 5 points

70 - 71.99% = 6 points

72% + = 7 points


From 2021 the points season will run January to December, with awards presented at the AGM.


Where 2 classes are run at 1 level e.g. Prelim, then the highest points over the 2 classes becomes the winner. In the event of a tie the award will go to the 2nd section as the tests are more difficult in these sections. An overall points winner is also awarded. This is the horse and rider combination that has achieved the highest points in one class.


Points season

Points start again at zero at the beginning of a new season for the purposes of awards. However, a record of total points achieved is kept. Once 70 points have been accrued at prelim level the combination will be asked to move up to novice if they haven’t done so already. This is at the discretion of the committee and is in place to give everybody a fair chance.



Northern dressage group competitions will be judged by affiliated judges on the current BD judges panel. Judges may judge at levels higher than their current listing. Higher level judges will be used for the more advanced classes. Judges on the trainee list may be used for Intro and prelim tests (and, depending on their experience, novice.


BRC rules

Northern dressage group competitions are run under British Riding club rules. Hats to BRC standard must be worn and correctly fastened when mounted. Tack and dress guidelines must be observed.


Health & safety

During ALL club activities (competitions and training), everyone whilst mounted must wear a hard hat to at least British Riding Clubs minimum standard, with a harness correctly adjusted and fastened; boots with a heel and smooth sole and for cross country the correct body protection. Failure to do so will entail elimination. Medical armbands are also required for cross country. A complete set of rules is contained in "British Riding Club's Official Rules", obtainable from BHS bookshop - 0871 201918 or You can also contact any member of the committee for clarification, the NDG Health & Safety Policy is also availale here >


Refund policy

Cancellation of Competitions:

- Class refundS will be provided, however this will NOT include HorseMonkeyM or Stripe fees. This is classed as an administration fee.

- Entries can be transferred to another competition within the same competition season.


- Once a member has paid for a place on a team then refunds will not be provided if they pull out.

- If a replacement can be found and the place filled then a refund can be offered without the HM or Stripe fee (if applicable).

- Should a member withdraw due to serious illness or injury then the refund should be reviewed in each individual circumstances.


- No refunds.


- No refunds unless place can be filled. If an event is cancelled monies can be refunded without HM or Stripe fee. In additional they can be transferred to another training event.


- Entries can be transferred for like for like events.

- No HM or Stripe fees to be refunded. This is an administration fee.

- No top-ups although consideration would be given on merit for a cash top up towards another event. (This would save the member/non-member money in the long run)


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