Learn the Dressage Court Letters
Standard size court and small court dimensions.
I would suggest to remember these letters so that you can ride your test without a reader. Sometimes it can be nervewracking to go in and show, and a reader helps give you that comfort level, but try hard to know where your letters are, it will help you ride precise figures and help you acheive accurate transitions. Being accurate and riding correct geometry will help to improve your scores dramatically.
Here is an example of what a standard and small dressage court looks like. You will see all the letters around the arena and inside the arena. When you are competing, you cannot see the letters in the middle of the dressage court, you will need to memorize them and know where they are once you get to the tests that call for the movements to be performed there. The dimensions of the standard dressage court is 20 meters wide by 60 meters long. The length of the standard dressage court is three 20 meter circles. The size for a small dressage court is 20 meters x 40 meters.
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"Always aim for positive, clear instructions with your horse."
Effective communication and harmony between horse and rider are among the goals of proper training.
Learn the letters in the dressage court.
In all riding, go for quality and apply the correct aids. The horse learns from consistency and repetition.
Make sure you measure properly. It can be a big surprise when you go to a show and your circles are not the right size, or if you don't have as much room as you thought between transitions.
If you have to make a home made Dressage court, you can use empty plant containers and paint the letters on them, or you can use cones and paint the letters on them.
For the rails, you can use white pvc pipes. They are easy to carry and if you have to move them when you are done riding in a community arena, they are easy to store and they are weatherproof!
Standard size court 20 meters by 60 meters.
Small size court 20 meters by 40 meters
As you can see below, I have put the dimensions in meters in between the letters on the long and short sides of the court so that you can get as accurate as possible if you are setting up your own arena.