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

RDA & British Dressage Intellectually Disabled Championships 2019

RDA and British Dressage delivered another successful day of competition at Solihull Riding Club for the second Intellectual Disability Championships.  29 of the 70 invited riders took part in this years competition, having been selected from from over 135 combinations that had competed at their RDA Regional Qualifier for the RDA National Championships.

Classes were once again offered in walk, walk & trot and walk, trot & canter, there were some fantastic tests as the scores below show.

Congratulations to everyone taking part and thank you to British Dressage, Solihull Riding Club, all of the participants, their coaches and supporters for making this event such a success.  Thank you also to Para Rider Julie Payne for once again being available to present prizes.


Dressage Anywhere 


The qualifiers for the 2020 RDA Online Dressage Championships are open!

Any RDA rider, graded or ungraded can take part in monthly competition classes with Dressage Anywhere.

The monthly RDA classes are also qualifiers for the RDA Online Dressage Championships and will run until the end of March 2020. To qualify, riders must be a member of an RDA group and achieve one score of 60% or above. Riders can only qualify for two different grades. We’ve added classes for all different types of rider:

  • Walk only – with or without a leader
  • Intellectual disability – walk and trot, canter
  • Grade 1 to Grade 5.

The Online Championship Show will be held online during May 2020 and champions from each level will be invited to attend the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire to receive their medals and rosettes.

This is great way to introduce dressage to your RDA groups, giving your riders something new to work towards. And it couldn’t be easier to get started. Set up a team for free on Dressage Anywhere, or invite your riders to create individual accounts. Film your rider riding their dressage test and then upload the video for judging. Each rider receives a scoresheet with marks and comments on their performance from a specialist Para judge, which is downloadable from Dressage Anywhere and there are rosettes on offer too!

RDA rules apply to the monthly classes and Championships. The Championship qualification is with the rider, so any pony or horse can be ridden in the Championship Show.

Feel free to get in touch with Dressage Anywhere if you have any questions about setting up a team or entering the competitions: info@dressageanywhere.com.












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