Dressage Shows


Competitive dressage involves progressively difficult levels, incorporating multiple tests within each level. Each test is a series of movements that must be performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge on a scale of 0-10. Special tests are also written for musical freestyle, sport horse breeding and performances incorporating multiple horses and riders. Levels of Dressage competition range from Introductory: where the horse is required to perform walk and trot, circles to Grand Prix. Thus, requiring more advanced and complex dressage movements from the horse and rider such as piaffe (trotting on the spot) and canter pirouettes where the horse turns on its hindquarters whilst in canter.