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Dressage Rules & Tests

Current rules:

EA National Dressage Rules Clean - Effective 1 January 2021 

EA National Dressage Rules MarkedEffective 1 January 2021 

For convenience the Australian Dressage Rulebook can be downloaded in short versions for riders, organisers, freestyles, young horse, para equestrian and Judge accreditation. Please note the rules as per the full rulebook apply at all times.

Rulebook Sections for RIDERS click HERE (Updated 21/0121)   

Rulebook Sections for ORGANISERS click HERE (Updated 21/0121)  

Rulebook Sections for FREESTYLES click HERE (Updated 21/0121)

Rulebook sections for YOUNG HORSE click HERE (Updated 21/0121)  

Rulebook Sections for PARA EQUESTRIAN click HERE (Updated 21/0121)

Rulebook Sections for JUDGE ACCREDITATION click HERE (Updated 21/0121)  

Diameter of snaffle bits in National Dressage competitions - click HERE.

Table for Marking Ommissions and Incorrect Executions in Freestyle Tests - click HERE

FEI Dressage Rules 

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How is dressage judged?

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EA Equipment Annex - Version 18-Mar 2019_vers2.pdf


Nose Net Exemption Application Form.pdf

Yellow Cards




Dressage Tests

Explanatory Notes for Judges Riders 2019 - Final.pdf  FEI Dressage Rules

Click HERE to view the summary of changes - last test ammended 14.03.19

Freestyle tests

2019 EA Novice Freestyle - 4-6-19.pdf 2019 EA Medium Freestyle - 18-3-19.pdf
2019 EA Elementary Freestyle - 18-3-19.pdf 2019 EA Advanced Freestyle - 18-3-19.pdf
Freestyle tests effective 1 January 2021  
Novice Freestyle Eff. 1-1-21 - Final 12-11-20.pdf   Advanced Freestyle - Final Eff. 1-1-21.pdf

Preliminary tests

2019 EA Preliminary 1A 2019 Preliminary 1B 2019 EA Preliminary 1C

Novice tests

  2019 EA Novice 2A 2019 EA Novice 2B - 1-10-19.pdf 2019 EA Novice 2C

Elementary tests

2019 EA Elementary 3A  2019 EA Elementary 3B 2019 EA Elementary 3C - 31-7-19.pdf

Medium tests

2019 EA Medium 4A 2019 EA Medium 4B 2019 EA Medium 4C

Advanced tests

2019 EA Advanced 5A 2019 EA Advanced 5B.pdf 2020 EA Advanced 5C.pdf

Preparatory tests 2013 (no change for 2019)

EA_Prep_Test_A.pdf  EA_Prep_Test_D.pdf
EA_Prep_Test_B_40x20.pdf  EA_Prep_Test_E_60x20.pdf

Dressage Tests with diagrams

EA Dressage Tests with diagrams are not published by Equestrian Australia. They are made available thanks to the work of The Dressage Directory and can be downloaded here:

The diagrams are an indication only and should not be relied on for accuracy. They should always be used in conjunction with the official EA test sheets above which take precedence.

For any question about the DIAGRAM Tests, please contact [email protected] 

Para-Dressage tests

Para-dressage Tests 

Young Horse & Pony tests

Young Horse & Pony tests

FEI Dressage Tests

For all CDI events please use the FEI Dressage tests located on the link below.

From 1/1/2018 the only FEI tests which are valid and to be used by Clubs and Organising Committees are the FEI tests as in the link below. Note that only one error of course is permitted before elimination.

FEI Dressage tests

Amateur Owner rider 

For more information :

National_Adult_Amateur_Owner_Rider_2020_Division.pdf(Criteria as from 1st January 2020)

How to construct a Dressage arena

The following is a guide of how to erect a Dressage Arena to ensure it conforms with the correct dimensions.

Dressage Arena Guide