Dressage Test

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Ten Tips to Improve Your Score on Your Next Dressage Test

Cesar Torrente gives you easy fixes to increase your scores and improve your ride at every level

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Find Your Focus in the Dressage Show Ring

USDF gold medalist Kim Herslow explains how mental preparation can help you ride a better dressage test.

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At What Level In Dressage Are You Required to Sit the Trot?

Find out when you should be prepared to ride the sitting trot in dressage competition.

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Create Dressage Students Who Think and Feel

Gerhard Politz explains how correct rider assessment and the appropriate use of praise are key elements to effective instruction.

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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Use this conceptual tool to help your riding in a practical way.

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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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How to Win Dressage Test Points with Accuracy

Learn how accuracy can give you an advantage in the show ring.

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A Daughter’s Gratitude

DT’s managing editor shares her appreciation for the unwavering support of her family.

Riders in lower-level tests often drift off the centerline, away from the direction of the turn at C, as shown by the green line above if the turn is toward the left.

A Turn for the Better

Learn to ride a 10-meter loop, not a 13-meter over-ripe banana

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How to Ride A Dressage Test... Mentally

Sports psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, explains that developing the mental strategy of test-riding is a skill of successful riders that is often overlooked.

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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: Amy K. Dragoo If you have a horse who tends to become mentally excited and nervous when sharing warm-up arena space with many other horses, it would be best to find an area with the least amount of interference from others.

Warm-Up Exercises for First Level Dressage

Lisa El-Ramey Hyslop shares her tips for a proper warm-up.

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Tips for Dressage Show-Season Prep

Use this timeline and checklist to plan ahead for a less stressful year.

Credit: Terri Miller At home, your training goal should be to have a very good ride every day. Then, at a show, just ride as well as you do at home.

Jan Ebeling: How to Prepare for Show-Ring Success

Pan Am Games gold medalist Jan Ebeling shares tips on preparing the horse for competition.

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Pro Tips to Help You Memorize Your Dressage Test

Try these tips to memorize your dressage test and ride it with accuracy while staying calm and cool on show day.

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The Unwritten Rules of Dressage Test Riding

Follow these points for each dressage level to improve your dressage test scores.

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How to Maximize Points for Dressage Test Success with Janet Foy

FEI 5* judge Janet Foy explains how attention to detail can earn you those extra points in the show ring—from making a strong first impression to riding each movement with precision, these helpful hints will turn your test from average to great.