Useful Information


Dressage offers the opportunity for riders to show a judge, parents, friends and helpers what has been achieved during the riding sessions.

It can also help an instructor to set goals, allowing the riders to demonstrate often hidden reservoirs of determination to achieve and can vividly show the benefits of previous instruction. Dressage can be easily linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In this section you will find all the resources and guidance you need to include dressage in your RDA sessions and to enter RDA competitions.

RDA offers a number of dressage tests for both classified and non classified riders, all of these tests can be found here.  Our tests are reviewed from time to time so please ensure you are using the correct version.  A number of tests have been completely re-written for 2020, whilst others may have simple changes.  Please note carefully any changes to tests in particular the free walk movement, this has been updated as follows:

Stretching on a longer rein – In order to execute the exercise “stretching on a longer rein” correctly, the Athlete must lengthen the reins as the horse stretches gradually forward and downward.  As the neck stretches forwards and downwards, the mouth should reach more or less to the horizontal line corresponding with the point of the shoulder.  An elastic and consistent contact with the Athlete’s hands must be maintained to ensure the pace maintains its rhythm.  During the retake of the reins the horse must accept the contact without resistance in the mouth or poll.”  The purity of the walk and relaxation should not be compromised.

RDA works closely with both British Dressage (BD) and the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) to assist those riders wanting to progress to Para Equestrian Dressage, to find out what training and other opportunities are available please click here

RDA use qualified BD Judges for all Regional Qualifiers and National Championships.  If you would like to find out more about becoming a Judge or you would like to attend a refresher training course please click here

Link to BD handbook for 2021 rules

RDA Dressage Lead

From 1st September 2021 RDA has appointed a new Dressage Lead following the end of term for John Robinson. John has done a fantastic job for RDA over the past four years and we wish him well for the future. Sarah-Jane Prew has now taken on the role, she is an experienced Para Dressage judge as well as a rider and Dressage competitor herself. You can contact Sarah via email using sarahjaneprew@gmail.com

Learning Disability Championships Opportunity 2021

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) works with people who have learning disabilities across the UK in performance/elite sport. They are recognised by UK Sport and a member of the British Paralympic Association. They implement, manage and lead the eligibility and classification system for athletes with learning disability from across the UK and across a number of sports. Once UKSA have classified athletes, they are then eligible to register their interest to compete in the Virtus Virtual World Championships. More recently Virtus have included Dressage as one of the sports on offer and have been running a virtual Dressage Championship which allows participants to compete against fellow competitors all over the world.

RDA have teamed up with UKSA to make this opportunity available for our ID competitors. If our RDA Championships were running at their usual time in July, then we would be using them as a qualifying base but due to the closing date for the Virtus Championships being in early October we will be using our Regional Qualifiers for 2021.

Junior competitors in classes ID Walk & Trot and ID Walk, Trot, Canter and Senior competitors in ID Walk, Trot, Canter who score the qualifying percentage of 60% and feature in the top three placings will be looked at by RDA National Office, Regional Organisers and Dressage Reps and the participant’s Coach. If they’re deemed suitable then they will be invited to go through the process which may lead them to be selected to compete at the Virtus Virtual World Championships representing Great Britain.  The process includes classification which will incur a fee payable by the individual or RDA group to UKSA. Please note that the criteria for classification are more restrictive than RDA definition of ID and so there will be some participants who will not be eligible.

You can find more info about this initiative here

For full results of this competition please click here 












Page Last Updated: November 9, 2021