The standard dressage arena is marked using large printed letters placed at pre-designated intervals around the perimeter. This helps the dressage rider or the dressage instructor, to follow the correct path during tests
Dressage tests can be nerve racking and every little bit helps where competition nerves are concerned. A simple check list of dressage competition tips that you can work through before each competition is a must have
If you can ride down the centre line, halt at X, proceed to C, turn left or right, ride the corner and receive 10 marks for the movement, then your horse is ready for Grand Prix dressage and you certainly don’t need our advice. Losing marks on basic dressage movements is silly when you can use our dressage tips to make sure you don’t
Having decided to try dressage riding what dressage tack & equipment will you need to get started. Definitely not top end branded horse tack that’s for sure. Wait until you’ve advanced beyond novice before investing in top quality tack and equipment.
Use our winning dressage test tips to ensure you do well in your dressage competition and give yourself the best chance of success. To win you must be positive and believe you can. This means being focused before during and after your dressage test
Training the dressage horse requires dedication more than fancy tack or riding equipment. A decent 20×40 metre riding arena is probably the only truly essential thing you need besides yourself and your horse. Dressage associations will provide booklets about what they do and provide a few tips on starting dressage and training the dressage horse
British Dressage Tests are subject to change without notice – please ensure you confirm details of Prelim 4, with the event organiser before entering a dressage competion. The basic Prelim 4 Dressage Test (2002) is listed here as an aide memoir only
Although you are not marked for your dressage attire, it is still important to project the right image when competing. This is partly because dressage is an elegant sport and competitors attire should reflect this
Today Dressage Riding is the fastest growing Equestrian Sport and Dressage is no longer seen as unfashionable and simply posing about on horses. Dressage riding is now recognised as correct training, good riding and the basis for all other equestrian sports.
Dressage secrets to help make your horse supple, to move in rhythm and amplify his gaits to increase suspension. Tips and advice to ensure you present a fresh, willing, calm but focused horse to the dressage judge. A horse that can win is a horse that has been warmed up properly and is loose and relaxed
Every time the dressage rider uses a hand or a leg aid, the dressage horse must respond. Even a bad response is better than no response at all. If you aren’t getting what you want you must change what you are doing
The double bridle is not compulsory at any level in British Dressage. But there are rules governing the use of bridles and bits in dressage competitions. So when can you use a double bridle for dressage