At Fletchers Farm Riding School, we hold Dressage shows between April and September each year. These shows are aimed at encouraging riders to try Dressage and are also an ideal outing for young horses or riders looking for a friendly and supportive environment to compete in.
April 2020 - Vaccinations update - Please note that we highly recommend your horse is vaccinated within the last 6 months but at the very least your horse must be up to date with their annual vaccinations to come to the site. Spot checks on passports will be carried out on the day. Please ensure you have your horses passport with you, thank you for your co-operation.
**DRESSAGE Show dates for 2021**
To be confirmed
Saturday Unaffiliated Dressage Competition
Unaffiliated Dressage Competition - Typical Schedule
Class 1 Intro B (2009)
- Combination not to have won a Walk - Trot test twice.
Results will be split into junior & senior placings.
Class 2 Prelim Test 2 (2016)
- Combination not to have won two classes at prelim level or above.
Class 3 Prelim Test 18 (2016)
- Combination not to have won twice at novice level or above.
Class 4 Novice Test 34 (2016)
- Open to all.
Classes 1 - 4: Rosettes 1st – 3rd place, more if entries warrant.
Classes 1 – 4: £10.00 Members, £12.00 Non-Members.
Horse Hire for riding school clients is £15 per class.
Entries can be made through our website calendar page and then paid for over the phone. If paying by cheque please make payable to: Fletchers Farm Riding School
Entries close The Wednesday before the event at 12 noon or earlier if full. Please enter as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Any late entries accepted will be at a £2.00 additional cost per class.
Please Telephone for times on the Friday before the event between 1000hrs and 1400hrs or see our website page under the Show Times tab.
Learn your test well and make sure you practice it. Walk it through on foot at home or write it out to help you. You could draw out a number of arenas and put each separate movement required onto one of your arenas so that you can see and learn the shapes correctly, using different colours for walk/trot/canter so it is clear where transitions are made. Alternatively, test practice sheets can be purchased through British Dressage. If you learn better by hearing it, get a friend/parent to call the test to you when practising, or, if you need to visualise it, have a look at the many downloaded ridden tests that are on Youtube (and maybe mark them yourself!).
Make sure you understand what each shape requires, many marks can be gained by just riding the correct shape and size – for example a 20m circle at A, should touch the sides of the 20m x 40m arena riding to tangent points.
Practice your centre line entry - this is the judges first impression and you want it to be a good one (a straight line with a forward going rhythm).
Read what the judge is looking for in each movement so that you can try and work towards this.
Work on the scales of training within your lessons or schooling sessions - rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness and collection.
Check British Dressage rules for tack that is allowed/not allowed.
Smile and enjoy, its meant to be fun for both of you, if things don’t go to plan, think about what happened and practice it for another day!
Fletchers Farm Riding School Dressage Show rules
Where classes are split into junior/senior – junior riders are classed as riders who are 16 years old and under as of the 1st January 2021. All other riders will be classed in the senior category.
Whilst BD rules require numbers for competitors to be displayed, we do not currently require riders to follow this rule.
No entry will be accepted without the appropriate fee and signed entry form. Entries from competitors online who then have paid over the telephone or by Bacs are taken on the understanding of all parties that the competitor /and parents (if under 18 years old) have read, understood and agreed to abide by the show rules. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry, vary the order or composition of, or cancel any event in this schedule at any time.
Correct riding dress should be worn and hat with a fixed harness to a minimum standard of PAS 015 must be worn by riders at all times.
Judged under BD, however the Judges' decision is final.
Riders may be asked to perform their tests up to 10 minutes before their allocated times.
The organisers have taken reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructors and the organiser, officials and stewards.
Please ensure that dogs are kept on a lead at all times.
Please use designated warm up area only, (normally the indoor school). Do not stand on the track where others are riding and cause an obstruction. Please ride responsibly observing manage etiquette.
Please do not re-enter the warm up arena once you have finished your test.
No lunging allowed on the show ground.
All lorries and horse trailers to be parked in designated grass area or on the large tarmac area opposite the main entrance – signs will be out on the day to indicate which area is being used for parking.
Parking can be restricted if the show is busy so please park close to the next horse box and considerately.
Please tidy hay, droppings and mess from the parking area before leaving.
Photographs of winners / placed riders may be printed and shared on our website/Facebook site and printed media such as Absolute Horse. Please can you email the manager if you would prefer not to have any winner/placing photos shared (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is assumed by entering the competition that you have read and have agreed to the rules above.