DRESSAGE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: TRAINING THROUGH SECOND LEVEL

Hey, y'all! Today's post will be an all-you-need guide to the dressage levels and what is required in each. There is a lot of info on the different levels online, but I am here to simplify and strip down to the basics! This article will include levels from Training level all the way up to Grand Prix. It is essential to understand the different levels of dressage, especially if you are a dressage rider!

Training Level


As the name implies, training level is designed to be the level where horses begin their training. To be successful at this level you need to have a solid foundation at dressage.*


Training 1

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Training 2

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Training 3

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First Level


First Level builds off what is tested in the Training levels. Horses are asked to make smaller circles and make more adjustments to their stride.


First Level Test 1

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First Level Test 2

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First Level Test 3

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Second Level


At the second level, horses are asked to collect their stride. Transitions are expected to be crisp and clean, building off of first level. Lateral movements also become more complex at second level.


Second Level Test 1

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Second Level Test 2

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Second Level Test 3

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I hope I was able to simplify some things for you guys! This post is just Training Level through Second Level, the more advanced levels will be coming out at a later date, I figured throwing it all in one article would be a bit overwhelming!


Best wishes

-Alison:)


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