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  • A simple snaffle, regular caveson, flash, figure-eight or drop noseband are required. A noseband is required for dressage competitions unless prior approval to ride without one has been obtained. Twisted wire bits are not permitted.  Refer to USEF Rules for Dressage #DR121:  Saddlery and Equipment for a complete explanation of permitted saddlery and equipment as well as pictures of all permitted bits.
  • Bandages, boots, blinders, martingales, draw reins, side reins, running reins or artificial devices are not permitted. Lunging with side reins and riding or lunging with boots, bandages, ear muffs or a running martingale is permitted only in the warm-up arena.
  • Whips may be carried during a test, but may not exceed 47.2″ (120 cm). Only one whip may be used during warm-up and must not exceed 47.2″ (120 cm). Whips are not permitted in any championship classes.
  • Riders may have a reader (except in final and championship classes); however, it is the rider’s responsibility to know the test. Movements may be read only once. All FEI tests, including FEI Jr. tests, must be ridden from memory. Reference USEF Rule DR#122.
  • Use of voice while riding your test is not permitted.
  • Committing three course errors, leaving the arena during the test or marked lameness results in elimination.
  • Riders may not show under a judge from whom they have received private or semi-private instruction within 30 days of the show. The conducting of clinics or assistance in group activities, such as Pony Clubs, unless individual instruction is given, will not be considered as instruction, coaching or tutoring. Should a rider choose to show, s/he will then be riding “Hors de Concours” (HC). His/her score will not count toward awards.
  • Horses may not be entered in classes differing by more than one level at any one show. The number of classes entered must comply with the USEF rule limiting the total number of classes in which a horse may be ridden per day. Currently horses competing at 4th level and below may enter a maximum of 3 classes per day. Horses competing at the FEI level can enter a maximum of 2 classes per day. DSE, Quadrille and PDD classes are excluded from the maximum limit of rides per day.
  • A rider must enter the arena within 45 seconds of the judge’s signal (usually a bell or a whistle).
  • If jackets are excused, a shirt of conservative color, with sleeves, must be worn. Stock ties are to be removed and the shirt should be left open at the neck.
  • The current USEF rule on Protective Headgear will be enforced at all shows.

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The Classical Training Scale is the Dressage trainer’s guideline for developing a horse and rider. Classical training is done using a proven method developed over hundreds of years of military horsemanship.

Knowing how to plan your schooling is a tremendous help and a wonderful guideline as you train a horse for hunter/ jumper shows. The elements of the dressage training scale can be applied to a jumping horse with a few modifications, as we ride in a forward seat and need a more relaxed, stretched out frame.

The first Classical Training Scale guidelines are: Rhythm, Relaxation, and Contact. Whenever we have a problem with our riding or training program— it is usually because one of these foundation elements is weak– or missing completely! The best way to make steady progress with your horse is to review these training ideals, and apply them with each ride. I use rhythm every moment I ride and in every aspect of my training.

A Hunter needs to be in Rhythm and Relaxed to show the form necessary to place well in Hunter competitions. Rhythm is how we make the strides smoother between the jumps in a show. Contact for a jumping horse can mean we take a flexible feel of our horses mouth and by keeping the horse balanced in front of our leg, create positive energy and balanced beauty.

Riding a Dressage Training level test is a great warm up before jumping and can tell you where the weak spots are in your flatwork. I recommend that you invest some time to learn about USDF ‘ training level ‘ tests and apply their guidelines to your forward seat training — the results will amaze you!

The rest of the Dressage Training Scale is: Impulsion, Straightness, and Collection. These ideals can also be applied to our hunter/jumper training. Straightness is very important! A straight line in the horses body results in a straight line to the jumps and around the corners of the arena. There is a lot to schooling for “straightness’’ in a horse, and this type of “straightness’’ also means the correct bend around the corners of the hunter and jumper arena! True straightness in a jumping horse means the horses body is not falling in or out of the track to the jumps which is the foundation for balanced jumping!

Impulsion in a jumping horse can mean he has energy and pushing power from straightness in his body and well developed carrying power in the haunches. This attribute is more useful in a Showjumper who must jump higher fences. Too much Impulsion will destroy the calm look of a Hunter, yet it is useful for a rider to know how to ‘create impulsion,’ as this skill will also help the Hunter rider learn to dissipate it!

Collection to a jumping horse can mean his stride has become smoothly adjustable, making it easier to balance him to the fences and adjust his stride for a long or short take off spot at the jumps. Once again — too much collection in a Hunter can destroy the “flowing forward soft look” of a long relaxed stride and that is the style of a winning hunter! But to learn how to train a balanced horse will help with every aspect of jumping — in a hunter class or jumpers! Have fun with these training ideals and learn to apply them systematically to each ride! See you at the shows!

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