Jul 22 2015

Dressage Tests

Dressage Season is in full swing!

I had the honor of being a scribe for the Dressage Judge this past Sunday at a Horse Show at Black Horse Stables.


Showing Off

It has been a while since I did this, so I had to get into the swing of it. All the tests were different (or I didn’t quite remember them anymore ;)) and I had forgotten all the abbreviations necessary to keep up with the judge’s remarks! Especially the Western Dressage tests needed full concentration and a very quick hand!

I can watch horses all day long, I love dressage, and hearing all the judge’s opinions first hand was a real treat.

I remember my first dressage test. I practiced, and studied it, and did all I could to learn it by heart. My daughter, a Pony Clubber at the time, put together a dressage arena in the living room with all the letters and had me walk, trot, and canter the tests. Still, I opted for a caller — just in case. It put me at ease and allowed me to focus on my horse and me instead of being nervous about forgetting the next gait or pattern.

You can easily download the tests from the United States Dressage Federation’s ( USDF) website here.

Have a great ride!

Monique – so many horses to ride, so little time

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