Leanne Wall, explains how the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) welcomes, encourages and supports the equestrian education of all children and young people

DECIDING whether and when to specialise in a particular discipline entirely depends on individual circumstances, but I feel that it is important for young riders to have a well-grounded general equitation education and that they don’t specialise too early. Your horse or pony will also benefit both physically and mentally from cross training — a variety of activities — even after you have decided that dressage is where your main interest lies . . .

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