Dressage is it all the training done on the flat (no jumping), teaching the skills necessary to compete in any English class.
Here's a video that explains the levels:
What model do I need?
Warmbloods are the most common breeds used. Breyer models Totilas, Mistral Hojris, and Salinero are portrait models of real dressage horses and are performing actual movements.
Mistral Hojris and Salinero are performing a half-halt or passage.
If you want to enter a standing warmblood in this class write a description like "Diamond is standing still while Sally salutes the judge before beginning her test". Then make sure Diamond is looking straight ahead. A horse looking straight will always place over one who is turning its head.
Breyer's Police Horse Trooper could be a lower level dressage horse at a working trot.
A walking horse with a curve in the body as if wrapped around the rider's leg can be doing a shoulder-in. The shoulder should form an angle of about thirty degrees to the track.
The model should have a braided or banged tail. The mane can be braided or pulled short.
What tack does the model wear?
A horse competing under second level may wear a regular English saddle. Horses above second level should wear a dressage saddle.
The saddle blanket is usually white and square with black or white trim.
The horse can wear a snaffle bridle with a drop, cavesson, or flash noseband. The noseband may be padded. Many acceptable bridles are black with white padding on the noseband and browband. An white paper circle with a black number should be attached to the browband or saddle pad.
In fourth or fifth level, the horse can wear a double bridle with a bridoon, curb bit, and curb chain. Double bridles are required for FEI tests.
Your horse may wear a crupper and breastplate. Also, a qualifying rider may ride in military tack.
You may not use- martingales or tiedowns, hoods, nose covers, saddle seat covers, tail bandages, side reins, bit guards, pelham bits, ear muffs, or flowers and ribbons in the tail. Leg wraps are only allowed in Pas de Deux or Quadrille.
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What does the rider doll wear?
Riders in Training to Fourth level competitions wear short riding coats, a tie, choker, or stock tie, cream breeches, English boots or jodhpur boots, gloves, and a top hat or helmet.
Riders in tests for fourth to fifth level must wear a shadbelly coat, a black top hat, white breeches and gloves, black riding boots, and a hunting stock.
If your rider is a man then he may wear a short coat and a black bowler hat instead.
Military uniforms may be worn by qualifying riders.
What should the rider be doing?
The rider should be sitting centered and straight. She may not lean forward, like she is encouraging the horse forward. Her leg should be just behind the girth. Both hands should be at the same height, with the reins even (unless she's turning).
She should not lean back when trotting.
If the horse is preforming travers, then the rider's inside leg should be on the girth and her outside leg should be behind the girth. She should look straight ahead. Renvers is the opposite.
Sidesaddle dressage should be entered in the sidesaddle division of the show.
IMEHA requires a description of a FEI, USEF, or USDF sanctioned level, test and movement the horse is preforming along with your entry, as well as a dressage fence with an appropriate letter marker behind the horse in the photo.
50 ways to get eliminated from a show - your rider won't get ejected for #12 "Late entry into the ring" but might get bounced for #29 "Competing in a test with a brightly colored saddle pad".