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DRESSAGE TEST LEVELS EXPLAINED

Our dressage tests have been designed shorter than a normal dressage test so that the video file size can be kept small. This makes them compatible with use on the Internet. Even though they are shorter than a conventional dressage test they are still testing and educational for both you and your horse. They have been tried out by a number of different riders of varying abilities on a wide range of horses. The levels are as follows:

 

STARTER DRESSAGE TESTS
ARE AIMED AT:

  • ANY RIDER WANTING TO GAIN EXPERIENCE
  • NOVICE HORSES
  • NERVOUS OR NOVICE RIDERS
  • DISABLED RIDERS
  • RIDING SCHOOL PUPILS
  • FIRST TIMERS

The judge will be looking for:

  • Accuracy
  • Balance of horse
  • Rhythm
  • Elasticity and freedom of paces
  • Responsiveness
  • Submission
  • Horse and rider in harmony
  • Rider in a secure position
  • Effectiveness of riders aids
  • Riders balance
  • INTERMEDIATE DRESSAGE TESTS
    ARE AIMED AT:

    • MORE EXPERIENCED RIDERS ON YOUNG OR NOVICE HORSES
    • SCHOOL MASTER HORSES WITH YOUNG OR INEXPERIENCED RIDERS
    • RIDERS WHO HAVE COMPETED IN DRESSAGE BEFORE
    • RIDERS WHO FEEL READY TO PROGRESS FROM THE STARTER TESTS

    The judge will be looking for all the skills in the Starter Dressage Tests, plus:

    • A rounder outline
    • Relaxed throughout
    • A greater degree of flexion and suppleness.
    • A greater degree of engagement, i.e. working ‘uphill’
    • A difference within the paces i.e. be able to lengthen and shorten the stride
    • Some lateral work

    ADVANCED DRESSAGE TESTS
    ARE AIMED AT:

    • HORSES AND RIDERS WHO ARE COMPETING REGULARLY
    • HORSES WHOSE FLATWORK IS WELL ESTABLISHED
    • RIDERS WHO ARE WANTING COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK BEFORE THEY MOVE UP A GRADE

    The judge will be looking for all the skills in the Starter and Intermediate Dressage Tests, plus:

    • Established collected, working, medium and extended work.
    • Established lateral work
    • Working with total engagement

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