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    04-02-2012, 01:26 AM
Walk/trot tests

Hello, so I have wondered far into the English world (bought a saddle). I am taking lessons. This summer I am going to try for very low level dressage. So is that referred to as intro? Walk trot? If anyone could share a video on the ideal walk/trot test being done, please do! The show I am going to is local but competitive, so would tan breeches, black coat, brown cc saddle and bridle be acceptable? What about rubber boots? Or half chaps? I have no idea what I should do with his mane, I don't want my reiner to have a short mane. Anywho, if anyone has tips or answers I am very grateful!
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    04-03-2012, 07:12 AM
For Intro level you need light colored breeches so tan, light gray, etc will work. Think of the closest/lightest color you can get to white. The jacket color should be Navy or Black, preferably not pinstriped though again, Intro tests aren't as stringent and if you are going to a schooling show pinstripes won't matter. You need to wear a safety helmet. The shirt should be white or light in color, short or long sleeved..not sleeveless. If jackets are forgiven due to heat but you are wearing a sleeveless shirt, you would still have to wear the jacket. Yu can wear either the standard choker type collar or can get a stock tie..preferably one permanantly pre-tied as it is much easier :)

As for the rest, boots, either field or dress, I am making the assumption of an adult rider (18+) as I have never seen a dressage rider in jodpurs and paddock boots though I suppose they must exist as ponies do compete. As for half chaps, only leather type is allowed; no suede.

At the lower levels you can use a hunt seat or all purpose type saddle so the color difference between a brown shade or black isn't an issue. Just try not to mix the colors between bridle and saddle..go all black or all brown...it just looks better in any case regardless of type of riding :).

Use a conservative saddle pad color..white or black preferably regardless of color of tack. It can be a square pad rather than a fitted hunt style pad.

In a schooling show you don't need to braid but in the case of a longer mane, you can try a running or french braid of the mane. or do a search on a running braid...neither are extremely difficult but they DO take practice.

On your tests you are looking at Intro A and Intro B..these are your walk-trot. You can do a search on YouTube for watching someone ride the test..but here is a decent Intro B: and Intro A: You can find the tests themselves at USDF | Downloads | Forms and Documents

You are limited on the types of bits you can use in dressage so you need to make sure you are using a legal bit.

Here is the rulebook: http://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2012/08-DR.pdf

Even if you are only competing at Intro level, this is a good reference guide if you want to learn more about dressage and why it is done.
    04-03-2012, 08:41 PM
Thank you, I took a look at the equine Canada page as I am Canada, not sure if their different though.
    04-03-2012, 09:08 PM
Canada has 4 tests for Intro so that is one change...US only has three in the new tests that were implemented in December of 2010. Follow their rule book for turnout, bits and so on...they probably have similar comparisons. The "uniform" probaby won't change much, if at all. Dressage clothing seems to be pretty consistent but I think places like Great Britain require a more formal turnout even for the lower levels...ie, required braiding no matter the type of show, standard white breeches and black jacket etc. I could be wrong...:)
    04-03-2012, 10:50 PM
Your half chaps have to be leather at a dressage local show?? Just wondering about that bc I had never heard that before. I usually wear field boots at shows anyways.
    04-04-2012, 04:30 AM
I was going on USEF rules...it is in the rulebook.

Part One - Dress
DR120 Dress.
1. The dress code for Training through Fourth Levels is a short riding coat of conservative color, with tie, choker or stock tie, white or light-colored breeches or jodhpurs, boots or jodhpur boots, and protective headgear as defined in DR120.5 and in compliance with GR801. A cutaway coat (modified tailcoat) with short tails is permitted. Half chaps, gaiters and/or leggings are not allowed. Gloves of conservative color are recommended.

Exception: Riders through First Level may wear half-chaps, gaiters or leggings in solid black or brown, without fringe, matching the color of their boots, and made of smooth leather or leather-like material.
    04-04-2012, 08:05 AM
Oh yeah that's what I was wondering, they just have to be smooth, not necessarily leather. I have synthetic ones that are super smooth and look pretty much just like leather but are made from man-made material.

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