I'm writing a story that involves dressage. I have always admired the sport from afar, but I have never had the opportunity to actually so it. I know a few things, but not enough to write about it. I have a few questions, and I would greatly appreciate any help I can get.
When showing, how do you know what to do? Do you make up your own routine and preform it or do you have to perform a specific one?
Do you enter shows by level? I guess you do, but I'm just making sure.
Do small shows offer Grand Prix level?? For those who have some free time and don't want to go across the country??
What levels do these fall under:
That things where the horse skips. They do a lead change with every stride in the canter - left lead, right lead, left lead, right lead, etc. every stride.
And how might one describe the command used to get the horse to do those things?
Thanks in advance!