Training Level

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What is Correct Arm Position for Dressage Riders?

Sandy Osborn answers this reader-submitted question.

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Results from the Dressage Today Virtual Show III

See the top-placed pairs from our latest virtual dressage competition!

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Results from the Dressage Today Virtual Show II

See the top-placed pairs from our latest virtual dressage competition!

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How to Ride with a More Supple, Open Hip to Enhance Your Horse’s Movement

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a horse-and-rider pair at Training Level.

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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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One Good Turn Deserves Another

Blogger and judge Margaret Freeman shares a tip to help you nail the broken-line free walk.

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Create a Predictable Place for Better Dressage Training

Olympian Sue Blinks explains how to create a safe harbor for your horse by developing feel and focus and defining your standard of performance.

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Engage Your Core to Ride with More Forward Hands

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Erica Longenbach at Training Level.

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Carry Your Hands to Maintain an Active Core

Rider biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Barb Shannahan on Aero.

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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Discover Lateral Stability Within Your Upper Body

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Holly Kranz and her American Quarter Horse at Training Level.

Credit: Courtesy, Lynne Simonson Lynne Simonson and her 11-year-old Dutch/Thoroughbred-cross, Teaghan, compete at Training Level.

Establish a Comfort-Zone Trot

Susanne von Dietze critiques Lynne Simonson at Training and First Level.

Credit: Holly Linz Corinne Foxley rides Aragon GAF, owned by Cynthia and Craig Roberts of Glen Aryn Farm. At this moment, Foxley is lightening her inside rein to check Aragon’s ability to balance himself through the turn and to invite him to reach for the contact.

Are You Ready for First Level Dressage?

Make an educated and confident decision about moving up.


Build a Foundation with Suppleness

Doreen Horsey explains the importance of putting the training scale into practice.

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Understanding the New 2015 Dressage Tests

Janet Foy explains how the 2015 dressage tests have changed

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "Riding Back-to-Front"

Dressage trainer Melissa Jackson explains how to ride your horse from back to front and how to tell if your horse is doing it correctly.

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The Unwritten Rules of Dressage Test Riding

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