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Welcome to Dressage for  Juniors!
Click here to read our Interview with Erin Williams of Great Britain.
Click here to read our Interview with Hayley Buckingham
  Click here to read our Interview with Kelli Newton
Remember to braid your horse's mane when you go to a rated show, schooling shows you do not have to braid, but it is a chance to practice braiding if you are learning. 
Practice makes perfect!
United States Dressage    Federation 
You can download Intro level tests A & B for free. Click on Education tab, click on Forms & Documents, Click Test of choice.

 Sit with supple hips. The hips and seat must be able to move in harmony with the horse's movement.  Never hang onto your horse's mouth for balance.
 Don't forget to keep your ankles supple, otherwise this can create more bounciness in your trot work. 

Try stretching excercises every day. Good old two-point in the saddle is an excellent way to stretch the entire leg, your ankles and help with balance.
Your upper arm should rest in a light contact with the side of your body when you are sitting in the saddle.
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Any competitor may wear protective headgear at any level of competition without a penalty from the judge, this is outlined in the  USEF rulebook.
Click here to read our Interview with Madelyn Bricken
Click here to read our Interview with Catherine Chamberlain
Click here to read our interview with Becky Kuc 
Click here to read our Interview with Adriane Alvord
Training tip:
If you use spurs, make sure you only use them at the moment you are asking, you don't want your spur to be hitting your horse's side with every stride. 
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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.

If  you are a non-member of USEF it is a $30.00 fee to compete at each show. Click below to go to the USEF website and join.

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Click here to read our Interview with Alexa Derr

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!

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You can download Training level tests to Fourth level tests for free. Click Disiplines, click International, click Dressage, click Dressage Tests.
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Rider of the Month for December/January is Leah Tenney  Click here to read her interview!
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 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.

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