Dressage Judge

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Results from Dressage Today's First Virtual Horse Show

Check out the horse-and-rider pairs who took top placings in our first virtual dressage competition!

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The Art of Scribing in Dressage: A Beginner's Guide

If you're interested in scribing at a dressage show, check out these tips and advice from USEF “r” dressage judge Jacquelyn Stapel to help you get started.

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Keys to a Rewarding Dressage Journey

Maryal Barnett explains an important aspect of dressage training.

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Is Eventing Dressage Different from "Regular" Dressage?

Marilyn Payne discusses dressage within the context of eventing.

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How Do I Ride a Clean Walk-Canter Depart on My Dressage Horse?

USEF “S” dressage judge Debbie Rodriguez offers tips on schooling a clean walk-canter depart

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Good dressage judges have many responsibilities: to the sport, to horses and riders, to the federation and show management.

Is There Breed Bias In Dressage Judging?

Dressage judge Kathy Rowse answers this reader question and discusses the duties of a dressage judge.

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24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund

Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium.

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Don't Settle for the "Safe" Dressage Scores

Blogger and judge Margaret Freeman explains why higher scores are often worth the risk.

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Arabians From All Sides

Blogger and judge Margaret Freeman shares her observations from judging at a recent Arabian show.

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Judges’ Perspectives on Intercollegiate Catch Riding

Judges Debbie Rodriguez and Dorothy Maxfield answer popular questions on the minds of Intercollegiate Dressage Association riders.

It can be a good showmanship strategy to do a canter-to-trot transition near to the corner at Training Level.

The Role of Showmanship in Dressage Tests

Margaret Freeman explains the art of presenting your horse in the best light to the judge.

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Remembering Dressage Arena Letters

It’s easy to remember the position of the dressage letters when they’re right in front of you, but not so easy when they aren’t.

The judge is always searching for an effective way to convey information through her scribe to the rider.

From Judge to Scribe: Right Words, Right Time

The judge is always searching for an effective way to convey information through her scribe to the rider.

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Getting to the Ring on Time

In the end, it's the rider's responsibility to know the schedule

Choosing to not wear your show coat in beastly weather may be the healthier choice and also could optimize your performance.

Hot Weather Riding

If show management says "coats are waived," go for it.

The A end of the arena is where the judge has the clearest view of the horse and rider in profile.

Getting Bigger Results from the Arena’s Shorter End

The far end of the arena may be the most neglected part of a dressage test.

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Let's All Pitch In

Cleaning up is everyone's responsibility

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No Do-Overs in Dressage

FEI changes to dressage scores eliminate deliberate errors

At the end of every test, you halt facing the judge at C and salute. Sometimes it’s at G, as seen here, but more usually it’s at X.

Making Up A New Dressage Test

At the end of every test, you halt facing the judge at C and salute. Sometimes it’s at G, as seen here, but more usually it’s at X.

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9 Tips to Ride a Winning Dressage Test

Top dressage judges Lilo Fore, Anne Gribbons and Hilda Gurney weigh in.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl Judges must learn and use correct terminology and become extremely descriptive in order to give reflective comments.

The Benefits of a Dressage Judge’s Perspective

Kathy Rowse explains a lesson she wishes she had learned sooner in her dressage career.

Credit: Nancy Jaffer U.S. Olympic medalist Steffen Peters and Ravel earned an individual bronze medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He believes the beginning of the freestyle is just as important as the ending.

How to Impress Dressage Judges in Your Musical Freestyle

Top dressage riders share tips on how they impress judges from the moment they begin their freestyle.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Lilo Fore judges Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks at the 2013 CDI 5* in Wellington, Florida.

The Job of a Dressage Judge

Lilo Fore reflects on her promotion to the FEI’s top judge’s rank.