Photo Credit: Eventing Dressage
Champagne Supernova, shown as a Buckskin Sport Horse, is a Breyer SR Competitor owned by Mona McGraw. Comment: Horse is performing movement #12 of the USEF Preliminary Test B (E - Circle left 20m medium canter. E - working canter straight ahead.)- He is finishing the circle and continuing straight ahead.
Eventing Dressage tests are held during a specialized competition called Eventing. Also known as Horse Trials or Three-day Eventing, the Eventing competition is an equestrian triathlon which involves three phases: Dressage, Cross-country, and Show Jumping. Entries into the IMEHA Eventing Dressage class shall depict only the Eventing Dressage test phase of the event.
The Equestrian Eventing Dressage test was designed to demonstrate that military horses are supple and obedient and suitable for use at parades and other events where the rider might expect to perform for royalty or military commanders. The rider uses the Dressage phase to demonstrate that their horse is willing and able to perform a set test.
For an event rider to keep a strong eventing horse under control requires great knowledge and understanding, although Eventing Dressage, even at the highest level, is not as demanding as pure Dressage. At the highest level of competition, the Eventing Dressage test is roughly equivalent to the USDF Third Level, and may ask for half-pass at trot, shoulder-in, travers, collected, medium and extended gaits, single flying changes, and counter-canter.
The Eventing Dressage tests may not ask for Grand Prix movements such as piaffe or passage.
As with pure Dressage, the Eventing Dressage phase is ridden in a dressage arena (20x60m or 20x40m) with dressage letters. The judges will judge an Eventing Dressage test in a similar manner as a pure dressage test that includes technical marks for the movement, impulsion, submission and riding. Competitors are awarded marks (from 0 to 10) for each movement and overall collective marks by the judges.
A dressage arena (indoor or outdoor) and visible letter.
A description of the test and movement.
The requirements for Tack and Attire for Eventing Dressage, although similar to pure Dressage, do have some differences. See Eventing Dressage specifics for Tack and Attire below.
The most noteable difference between pure Dressage and Eventing Dressage are the Eventing Dressage Test Levels, which are:
Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced.
LOWER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (Beginner Novice through Preliminary):
UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (Intermediate and Advanced):
Members of the Armed Services and police units may ride in the uniform of their service at any level. Riders choosing to wear Armed Services or police uniform must wear the appropriate military/police cap or hat for their branch of service, or protective headgear.
DRESSAGE ENTRANTS PLEASE NOTE:
The above list of Tack and Attire requirements is merely a simplified version. FOR COMPLETE RULES, DETAILS AND SPECIFICS please see the USEF EVENTING Division Rulebook or the USEA Rulebook.
TEST PORTIONS WHICH INVOLVE ENTERING, EXITING,
OR HALT/ SALUTE THE JUDGE:
Are to be shown ONLY in Dressage All Others, Awards, Horse Entering, Horse Exiting Arena, etc.
Photo Credit: Eventing Dressage
Ronan shown as a Bay roan QH gelding, is an OF Peter Stone performance horse, Renegade. Shown by Robin Nere with the comment line: Preliminary Dressage test. At "C" - halt, rein back one horse length and immediately proceed in medium walk. Here, starting to rein back.
See these links for Full rules for Eventing Dressage: