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        04-04-2011, 01:05 AM

    Are dressage saddles required for showing (local club type shows - intro level)? Or will a regular english saddle be alright? My daughter is thinking of trying a local or schooling show this summer and we have one saddle and one saddle only!

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        04-04-2011, 01:47 AM
    You should be fine with a regular English saddle for now,
        04-04-2011, 03:06 AM
    Yes actually I believe that as long as you are not showing FEI you may show in any "english type" saddle regardless of the level of competition (recognized or schooling).

    Good luck!
        04-04-2011, 11:46 AM
    Yea! Thanks for all of the replies. After seeing the video posted by "cakemom" my daughter is intrigued. We are planning to go and watch a local show at the end of the month to see what it is all about and if she really wants to try it. I know NOTHING about dressage so I can't really be much help or explain the classes. Of course our new trainer has a dressage background so that helps but so far we've just been focusing on hunt seat stuff. Anyway, I figured before we do anything I'd better find out if it's even possible (no intention of buying a new saddle!) and it looks like it is!

    Thanks again!!
        04-04-2011, 11:51 AM
    Not only is it totally possible, it's a fantastic idea. If your daughter does some good dressage training and some shows this year it will give her a wonderful foundation to build on. I did it all the wrong way around, I didn't try dressage until last year, and I'm in my 50's, but I wish I'd done it sooner.

    The only purchase I had to make was a dressage legal bit, but that was a minor cost.

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