It is more cost effective to become a member of USDF and USEF if you are competing at a usdf or usef recognized show. For a non-member fee for USDF is $20.00 per rider, per owner, per competition and a extra $5.00 affidavit fee if you cannot provide a copy of your USDF nonmember card, except opportunity classes. Click below for more information.
For a horse that is not used to being round, moving from his hind end through his back will cause him to use completely different muscles than he is used to. Horses get sore like we do and will need time to build up the correct muscles. Be patient and remember this is a team effort.
Always check with an experienced trainer that can help you achieve the right level of engagement and drive. Talk with your trainer to incorporate these ideas into your lesson program and remember to write them down in your journal!
Strive to ride precisely. When you are practicing at home, try riding transitions within the same gait or at a different gait at the letters. Rule of thumb is when your leg is at the letter, you should be in the new movement. If you don't have a court set up, get some cones or empty plastic flower buckets from the nursery and paint the letters on them. You can make your own dressage court!
United States Equestrian Federation
You can download Training level tests to Fourth level tests for free. Click Disiplines, click International, click Dressage, click Dressage Tests.
Rider of the Month for May is Kate Cassidy! Click here to read her interview!
Click here updated interview with Catherine Chamberlain!
Dressage for Juniors Is a website dedicated to educating and promoting dressage for junior and young riders. We are adding new information here every month including videos, a dressage blog, rider of the month and much more!
Remember your horse should be your first and foremost priority. These equine partners are so generous and willing to accomodate us in our journey to ride this beautiful sport.