07-19-2012, 10:12 PM
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For an easy to use guide - just have a look at dressage tests, in Australia its the Equestrain Australia website that will list them. In the US I'd assume your equestrian federation would show them.
The tests are ridden in order or difficulty in training. In Australia we start with preliminary, which is basic walk, trot and canter, with some long diagonals, 20m circles and basic lengthening of the trot in the final preliminary test. Gradually the levels increase in complexity, ending at Grand Prix which contains extremely difficult, complex movements such as the piaffe, passage and transitions between then, along with single tempi changes and very steep half pass angles, with pirouettes etc. etc. etc.
For a highly experienced, professional rider on a super talented international horse, they can have the horse at GP by around 8 years of age. Most 'normal' people with an extremely talented horse will be lucky to have a GP horse in it's teens. Not all horses can reach this level, very few in fact will even make it to the FEI levels at all, beginning with PSG.