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.

EA National Dressage Rule updates effective 1 January 2022

2022 National Dressage Rules - clean version is available HERE (Effective 1 January 2022)

2022 National Dressage Rules - marked version is available HERE (Effective 1 January 2022)

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.  

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


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


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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

 2019 EA Elementary Freestyle

 2019 EA Medium Freestyle

 2019 EA Advanced Freestyle

Freestyle tests effective 1 January 2021

 Novice Freestyle - Final Eff. 1-1-21 

 Advanced Freestyle - Final Eff. 1-1-21

Preliminary tests

2019 EA Preliminary 1A (11-1-22)

2010 EA Preliminary 1B (11-1-22)

2019 EA Preliminary 1C (11-1-22)

Novice tests

2019 EA Novice 2A (11-1-22)

2019 EA Novice 2B (11-1-22)

2019 EA Novice 2C (11-1-22)

Elementary tests

2019 EA Elementary 3A (11-1-22)

2019 EA Elementary 3B (11-1-22)

2019 EA Elementary 3C (11-1-22)

Medium tests

2019 EA Medium 4A (11-1-22)

2019 EA Medium 4B (11-1-22)

2019 EA Medium 4C (11-1-22)

Advanced tests

2019 EA Advanced 5A (11-1-22)

2019 EA Advanced 5B (11-1-22)

2019 EA Advanced 5C (11-1-22)

Preparatory tests 2013 (no change for 2019)

EA Prep Test A (11-1-22)

EA Prep Test B 40x20 (11-1-22)

EA Prep Test C (11-1-22)

EA Prep Test D (11-1-22)

EA Prep Test E 60x20 (11-1-22)

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