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  • Difference between assiciate & official dressage
  • What is the difference between associate dressage and official dressage?

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    07-25-2009, 08:55 PM
Questions on Dressage

I may be entering into an official/associate dressage comp soon and I have a few questions:
Can I wear chaps? I have the Dublin suede type (black)
Does my horse need to be plaited?
Whats the difference between an official and associate? Is associate just less competitive?

You can tell i've never done much dressage!
Any help would be great, thanks
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    07-25-2009, 09:43 PM
I don't know the rules and regulations in Australia

But if I were riding in a Dressage Show, whether it be schooling or recognized, I would prepare myself and my horse the same.

Braided Mane. Spic and Span tack. Leather Tall Boots. White Breeches. White show blouse, stock pin. Black Velvet Helmet. Black Gloves. Horse clean, tidy and sparkling.
    07-26-2009, 03:02 AM
You can always email the place the event is at to find out the dress code - I would have no idea what your standards are - Our registered and unregistered days are very different over here and vary from place to place
    07-26-2009, 04:27 AM
No suede chaps are allowed :) You have to have full leather gaiters with ankle boots, or full leather top boots, depending on what you prefer. I would plait him up.. most judges want to see a plaited horsie. Even if its just very basic plaits (if your only doing prep/prelim then they don't really have to be anything flash, as long as they are neat and tidy).

To do official tests I'm pretty confident you and your horse must be registered with EFA.. the point of official tests is mainly for those serious competitors who gain points from each test etc. If you are just there to gain experience (like I do when I go) then associate tests are probably the way to go. I find there are usually alot more people entering associate tests (in my area) than official tests. The prep and prelim associate tests are always the biggest.

Someone else could probably tell you a bit more about the difference between official and associate and how that side of it works, because I never worry about it. Hehe
    07-26-2009, 04:29 AM
You can also get the dressage rules from the EFA website Before I did a test I printed out the booklet and read through it just to make sure everything was sweet before I turned up :)
    08-04-2009, 07:02 PM
Ok, thanks!

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