At Fletchers Farm Riding School, we hold Dressage shows which 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.
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. Please ensure you have your horses passport with you, thank you for your co-operation.
DRESSAGE COMPETITIONS 2023 dates
Saturday 15th April
Saturday 10th June
Saturday 9th September
Open to riding school clients, liveries and external riders.
Rosettes 1-3rd place in each class/category.
As per each individual schedule.
Riding School clients can hire our horses at £15 a class.
Payment must be made at the time of booking and is non-refundable. It is a requirment of enrty that you have read and agree to the show rules.
Entries can be made through our calender page.
Times will be allocated, clients MUST list 3 horses they are able and happy to ride as you may not always get your first choice if there is a high demand.
Places will be limited and close at 12.00 on the Wednesday before the date or earlier if paces are full. No entries accepted after this time.
Warm up in the indoor arena. Ride the test in the large outdoor arena.
Judged under BD rules however this is an encouraging and fun show event and the judge on the day may not be BD registered but their decision is final.
Unaffiliated Dressage Competition
Saturday 9th September 2023
Class 1 Intro B (2009)
- Combination not to have won a Walk - Trot test
Results will be split into junior & senior placings.
Class 2 Prelim Test 18 (2016)
- Combination not to have won two classes at prelim level or above.
Results will be split into junior & senior placings.
Class 3 Prelim Test 14 (2016)
- Combination not to have won twice at novice level or above.
Class 4 Novice Test 34 (2016)
Rosettes 1st – 4th place, more if entries warrant
£11.50 Riding School Members / livery riders
£14.00 Riding School Non-Members / external riders
Riding school clients horse hire charge per class is £15.00
Entries can be made through our website calendar page and then paid for over the phone.
Entries close the Wednesday before the event at 12 noon or earlier if full. Please enter as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Times will be available on our website from the Thursday on the Show/Clinics Tabs under Dressage Times.
A catering van will be in attendance
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 2023. 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. Please ensure you ride to the judges car to confirm your name.
No entry will be accepted without the appropriate fee. 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. Please note that entries are non-refundable.
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 and that you have third party liability insurance for your dog and your horse to attend the site.
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 menage etiquette.
Please do not re-enter the warm up arena once you have finished your test.
No lunging allowed on the show ground and no use of the other arenas to warm up for external riders.
All lorries and horse trailers to be parked in designated area on the large tarmac area opposite the main entrance. Parking can be restricted if the show is busy so please park close to the next horse box and considerately. Please do not leave a horse unattended tied up to a lorry/trailer, and all children under 16 years old must be supervised at all times.
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 email the manager if you would prefer not to have any winner/placing photos shared (email@example.com).
It is assumed by entering the competition that you have read and have agreed to the rules above.
Saturday Dressage Show 2023 Dates: 15th April, 10th June, 9th September