Dressage Rules & Tests

EA National Dressage Rules effective 1 July 2021

EA National Dressage Rules Clean - Effective 1 July 2021

EA National Dressage Rules Marked - Effective 1 July 2021

 30/06/2021 Update - Rule -  ‘Riders of Stallions’ has been amended to be effective as of 1 July 2021 and is not retrospective.

Summary of Dressage Rule Amendments effective 1 January 2022 available HERE 

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 01/07/21)

Rulebook Sections for ORGANISERS click HERE (Updated 01/07/21)

Rulebook Sections for FREESTYLES click HERE (Updated 01/07/21)

Rulebook sections for YOUNG HORSE click HERE (Updated 01/07/21)

Rulebook Sections for PARA EQUESTRIAN click HERE (Updated 21/01/21)

Rulebook Sections for JUDGE ACCREDITATION click HERE (Updated 01/07/21)

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

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

FEI Dressage Rules 

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Equipment Annex

For clarification of permitted and non-permitted equipment for official competition see the EA Equipment Annex below.  

For additional equipment queries, please do not hesitate to fill in and submit a query application to the Dressage Equipment Committee. 

  Equestrian Australia Equipment Annex - Version 19.1-July 2021.pdf


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Dressage Tests

FEI Dressage Tests

Click HERE to view the summary of changes - Updated January 2021

Freestyle tests

  2019 EA Novice Freestyle - 4-6-19.pdf 2019 EA Medium Freestyle - 18-3-19
2019 EA Elementary Freestyle - 18-3-19 2019 EA Advanced Freestyle - 18-3-19
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.pdf   2019 Preliminary 1B.pdf   2019 EA Preliminary 1C.pdf

Novice tests

  2019 EA Novice 2A.pdf  2019 EA Novice 2B  2019 EA Novice 2C

Elementary tests

2019 EA Elementary 3A  2019 EA Elementary 3B 2019 EA Elementary 3C

Medium tests

2019 EA Medium 4A.pdf    2019 EA Medium 4B  2019 EA Medium 4C

Advanced tests

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

Preparatory tests 2013 (no change for 2019)

EA_Prep_Test_A  EA_Prep_Test_D
EA_Prep_Test_B_40x20  EA_Prep_Test_E_60x20

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 :   AOR Guidelines Fact Sheet.pdf

(Criteria as from 1st July 2021)

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