Update regarding Debbie MacDonald

We have just been informed that Debbie MacDonald, set to attend this year’s dressage convention as one of the presenters, will be unable to attend for personal reasons.
Carl says, ‘While we are obviously sorry that Debbie cannot join us, but with a star studded line-up including of Michael Klimke, Tristan Tucker, Laura Tomlinson (Bechtolsheimer) , Fiona Bigwood, Stephen Clarke and Claire Lomas then both Richard and I know we are all in for an educational and fun weekend. We plan on making it THE dressage party of the year !! ’
With tickets selling fast, book now.

Classical dressage principles take to the stage as Michael Klimke joins The Dressage Convention 2015

Ever wanted to know what lies behind the success of the legendary Klimke training philosophy?

Well here is your chance to gain an insight into the training methods behind one of the World’s most successful equestrian families when German Grand Prix star Michael Klimke makes a rare UK public appearance as he attends this year’s  The Dressage Convention at Bury Farm, on 16th & 17th October.

Equestrian pedigrees don’t come better than this; son of the legendary Dr Reiner Klimke, who to this day remains the most successful of all Olympic dressage riders with six gold and two bronze medals to his name, Michael is also brother to Ingrid Klimke, twice Olympic gold medallist with the German Eventing Team.

With numerous world cup achievements, and a short-listing for the Sydney Olympics of his own, Michael has never been far from top level competition. Following in his father’s footsteps, Michael runs his late father’s iconic stable yard in Munster from which so many champions have sprung, together with heading up the family law firm.

At the forefront of the international equestrian scene Michael will be making an exclusive appearance at The Dressage Convention 2015 to discuss his horses, their training and his thoughts on judging in the sport.

Having grown up with the Classical principles of training, Michael believes the role of the rider is to develop and encourage the horse, putting the horse’s welfare first.  His methods focus upon dressage as a long-term, health sustaining system of teaching and he will be discussing the importance of the equitation principles he has inherited and holds dear to his heart.

In a recent interview, Michael spoke out against the current judging system deeming the difference in percentages awarded by different judges as unacceptable. With strong opinions about the FEI plans to shorten the Grand Prix test in order to popularise the sport, his appearance promises to be a lively debate.

Join Richard and Carl at The Dressage Convention as they discover Michael’s real views on the sport, the current direction of International judging, the length of tests and how his father’s training methods have shaped him as the trainer and rider he is today.


Useful Information for The Dressage Convention Weekend


The Dressage Convention 2014 is nearly upon us!

We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming you to our 2 day convention and hope you find it enjoyable and educational.

Please find some important and useful information below to help you with the weekend.

The doors open & close for each day and performance are:

Saturday Main Performance:

(Trade stands also open at 10am)

Open 10:00 am

Close 17:00 pm

Saturday Evening Performance:

(Trade stands and cafe to be open whilst arena is closed)

Open 17:00 pm

Close 21:45 pm

Sunday Main Performance:

(Trade stands also open at 9.30am)

Open 9:30 am

Close 16:30 pm

Please allow sufficient time to park and enter the arena through the ticket barriers before the performance start times. Start times can be found either in the programme or in the FAQ section here.

What does doors open and doors close mean?

The doors open means you will be able to enter the arena and grandstand seating at the doors open time. Before this, entry to the seating will not be available.

To gain entry, you will need your ticket with the bar code on it.

Doors close means the time the arena and grandstand seating is closed to the public. The cafe and trade stands will be open in the meantime.

The start & finish times for each performance are as follows:

Saturday Main Performance:

11:00 am

16:30 pm

Saturday Evening Performance:

18:00 pm

21:30 pm

Sunday Main Performance:

10:30 am

16:00 pm

Please be seating in time for the start of each performance. We suggest you allow sufficient time to enter through the ticket entrances. See Gate open times for help.

Ticketing information:

Please remember to print off your tickets. You will need the part with the bar code on. If you bought individual tickets, you will need the corresponding ticket to the performance you are enervating to watch.

If you bought a weekend ticket, this ticket will work for each performance.

If you are struggling to find your tickets, please check your junk/spam folder. Tickets will have been delivered by the email address We suggest searching your inbox for this email.

If you cannot find your tickets, please contact Ticketscript via the email with the email that you used to purchase the tickets and any proof of payment you may have.

IMPORTANT please be aware not to duplicate your tickets. This system works the same as your boarding passes for an airport. If you duplicate your ticket to allow a person in who has not bought a ticket, the first ticket will be registered and the second will show as having already entered. 

Travel Information:

Postcode: LU7 9BT


Bury Farm

Mill Road



For a route planner and traffic conditions, please click here for the map.

Car park attendants will be on duty to help you park safely and securely for the duration of the event.

We ask that you do not bring animals including dogs with you to the event for animal welfare purposes.

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Find Us on Facebook!


You can now find us on Facebook here with all the usual updates and information as well as being able to buy tickets through the Facebook page.


Weekend Saver Deal finishes 28th September

There’s only 14 days left to grab your Weekend Saver Deal for The Dressage Convention 2014. The offer finishes at the end of Sunday 28th September 2014. You will still be able to purchase tickets for the weekend after this date but these will be at the full price rather than the discounted price. So buy yours now before the deal ends!

Buy your tickets here…



The Horse&Rider Competition Winner is…

Winner is


We’ve had a fantastic response to the Horse&Rider competition to win a place riding on The Dressage Convention 2014. The competition has no closed to new entries and it is time for the judging panel to choose the lucky entrant. It feels a little like X-Factor when the judges cannot agree on who to choose, we’ve got entries from all walks of the equestrian community!

One lucky Horse & Rider reader will not only have the opportunity to get help with their test riding by Olympic judge and the FEI Judge General, Stephen Clarke on day one, but will also receive personal training from Carl and Richard on day two.

We cannot wait to announce the winner, if you entered, it might be you!

Win coaching

Win a place riding on The Dressage Convention 2014.

Dressage superstars Carl Hester and Richard Davison are offering Horse & Rider readers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a weekend of training at The Dressage Convention 2014 on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October ’14 at Bury Farm.

One lucky Horse & Rider reader will not only have the opportunity to get help with their test riding by Olympic judge and the FEI Judge General, Stephen Clarke on day one, but will also receive personal training from Carl and Richard on day two.

This will be your chance to shine in front of a friendly and enthusiastic audience and feature in Horse & Rider Magazine as well as receiving Olympic standard training.

And what’s more,the training and advice is all completely free! Even your stabling will be provided free of charge.

The competition is open to all and to enter send Horse&Rider a short biography of you and your horse accompanied with a video of you riding or competing – a video via a link would be preferred.

Email your video and biog  to horseandrider @


Competition closes 31st August 2014

Ticket holders are promised a deeper insight into a variety of training methods than ever before through a series of practical sessions, lecture demos, panel discussions and questions and answers.

With 2013 a total sell-out, visit for details of ticket sales for this year’s event.

Buy Tickets

Weekend Saver Tickets Available

If you’re looking to visit for the whole weekend, the Weekend Saver Tickets offer entrance to all three performances with a discount of £10.00 when buying all three performance tickets

Weekend Saver tickets available from the Box Office.

We’ll be releasing more information over the coming week on the performances so keep your eyes peeled!