As you move up the levels in dressage, the movements get more challenging to test your horse’s level of training.
At elementary you’ll see new movements introduced, including shallow loops, leg-yield, simple changes (canter-walk-canter), collected trot and canter, 10m canter circles and rein back.
“At elementary level I’m looking for an increased level of engagement and the start of collection,” says dressage judge Alex Gingell.
“The movements should flow and the combination of horse and rider should look harmonious. Although I’m still looking for rhythm, suppleness and contact, I’m also looking for a degree of elevation, cadence and self-carriage. The horse should look more uphill and engaged.”
Watch Lucy and Eires Rock’s dressage test below:
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