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Dressage Rules & Tests

Current rules:

EA National Dressage Rules Clean - Effective 1 January 2021 

04/03/2021 Update

  • typo amended in Annex E (point 3.7) to reflect change made to rule 3.7 (f) Entering the arena

15/03/2021 Update

  • oversight in 3.7 (j), reference to the wearing of a top hat has been removed   
  • typo amened in ‘Annex I’ relating to TD/Chief Steward maximum per day payment

12/05/2021 Update

  • oversight in 8.13, 'Transition from piaffe/passage and/or passage to piaffe' has been removed from table

07/06/2021 Update

  • oversight in Annex G - Notes for dressage event organsiers 

09/06/2021 Update

  • oversight in 8.11, 'Transition from piaffe/passage and/or passage to piaffe' has been removed from table for MED TOUR to reflect 8.13

EA National Dressage Rules MarkedEffective 1 January 2021 

04/03/2021, 15/3/21, 12/05/2021, 07/06/2021 & 09/06/2021 Updates as shown above

Summary of Dressage Rule Changes effective 1 January 2021 available HERE

Summary of Dressage Rule Amendments effective 1 July 2021 available HERE ( EA Board Approved)

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 15/03/21) 

Rulebook Sections for ORGANISERS click HERE (Updated 07/06/21)  

Rulebook Sections for FREESTYLES click HERE (Updated 09/06/21)

Rulebook sections for YOUNG HORSE click HERE (Updated 04/03/21) 

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

Rulebook Sections for JUDGE ACCREDITATION click HERE (Updated 15/03/21) 

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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How is dressage judged?

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Please note – the Equipment Annex is currently being updated, however please note the following which are not correct on the current document:

  • Top Hats are not allowed as of 01/01/2021
  • FEI have clarified Lace-up Top Boots are permitted provided they meet the colour requirement

Yellow Cards




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 - 1-10-19  2019 EA Novice 2C

Elementary tests

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

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

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 :

(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