National and State Policies DWA advocates Dressage Event organisers and riders familiarise themselves with all EA, EWA and DWA policies to ensure relevant policies (such as horse welfare, harassment and codes of conduct) are upheld at Dressage events. EWA member and affiliated club related policies can be downloaded at www.wa.equestrian.org.au/ and at www.dressagewa.org/. Equestrian Australian newly released a Hot Weather Policy effective September 2012 is available at http://www.equestrian.org.au/
Equestrian Australia Dressage Rules & Dressage Tests All Dressage events are conducted and scored under the current FEI Dressage Rules at www.fei.org and Equestrian Australia (EA) National Dressage Rules www.equestrian.org.au A summary of some National Dressage rules are included below, DWA advises clubs and riders to refer to the current ‘National Dressage Rules” for further information. Both the EA National Dressage Rules and EA Dressage Tests can be downloaded from www.equestrian.org.au.
Dressage Judges Scale of Marks Under both the FEI and EA rules, the scale of marks is as follows: 10 – Excellent 9 – Very Good 8 – Good 7 – Fairly Good 6 – Satisfactory 5 – Sufficient 4 – Insufficient 3 – Fairly bad 2 – Bad 1 – Very bad 0 – not executed
The marks 10 to 0 including half marks must be awarded where the performance warrants their use. Judges should state reasons when giving marks of 5 and below. ‘Not executed’ means that nothing of the required movement has been performed.
Dressage Number Competitor Dressage horses/ponies are issued by the EWA office with a dressage number. This number may be worn on the bridle or the saddle cloth. The number must be worn on both the right and left side of the horse. The number is to identify horses for Competitor competition and must be worn in the warm up and when riding a Dressage test. The Dressage number is not transferrable unless approved by the EWA Office.
Eligibility to compete in Competitor Dressage Competitions
Riders and owners of horses/ponies must be a Competitor member of Equestrian WA to be eligible compete at all levels of the sport being ‘competitive’ and ‘participation’ level.
Horses/ponies must have a current performance card for the year of competition. It is the owner's responsibility to record results in the performance card.
Ponies and horses compete in separate classes in Competitor Dressage competitions.
Ponies must possess a current height certificate.
A rider may compete as an Open Young Rider from the date they turn 16 years up to and including the end of the calendar year in which they turn 21 years.
Young Riders who compete in Open competitions (classes) can gain official grading points.
Young Riders and Junior Riders may compete in Open competitions to gain grading points according to their placing in these classes, or where they are offered, In Young Rider or Junior competitions, organisers should be aware that Young Riders and Junior Riders in the Open draw are not to be listed separately.
Separate classes for Ponies may be offered at all levels of Official Competition. However, to achieve grading points, Ponies must compete in Competitor competitions. Please see the new National Pony Dressage Rules available from http://www.equestrian.org.au/
Eligibility to Compete in Participant Dressage Competitions
Riders must be either a Competitor or a Participant member of EWA
Horses/ponies need not be registered with EWA
Dressage numbers are not required for Participant competitions.
Participant competitions may separate ponies or combine with horses.
Competitor Dressage Categories : FEI – Grand Prix, Intermediate ll, Intermediate l, Prix St Georges, Advanced, Medium, Elementary, Novice, Preliminary, FEI Para- Equestrian, Preparatory Tests, National Para-Dressage tests of all grades Participant Dressage Categories : Novice, Preliminary, Preparatory National Para Dressage- tests of all grades
Eligibility to Compete as a Young Rider and Junior Rider A rider may compete as Open Young Rider from the date they turn 16 years up to and including the end of the calendar year in which they turn 21 years. Young Riders who compete in Open competitions (classes) can gain grading points. Riders must be full financial Senior or Junior members of EWA Young Riders and Junior Riders may compete in Open competitions (classes) to gain grading points according to their placing in these classes, or where they are offered, in Young Rider or Junior competitions (classes). Organisers should be aware that Young Riders and Junior Riders in the Open draw are not to be listed separately. National Pony Dressage Rules Separate classes for Pony may be offered at all levels in Competitor competition, however to achieve grading points, Ponies must compete in Open Competition Please see the new National Pony Dressage Rules available from http://www.equestrian.org.au/. Downgrading of Horse/Pony For horse/pony downgrading requests please refer to the current EA Dressage Rules and the DWA website for the Downgrading Application Form. Dressage Entry Fee Dressage Event organiser will advise their process for receipt of Dressage Event entries. Two popular websites are at www.nominate.com.au and www.globalentriesonline.com.au. Should you have difficulty accessing any online entry services please contact the Dressage Event organiser for advice. Dressage Prizes Refer to the National Dressage Rules for information on Awards and Placings, particularly related to State Dressage Championships. All prize money is awarded to the owners of the horse/pony. At all “Competitor’ Dressage Events the payment and amount of prize money/prizes is at the discretion of the organising committee.
Dressage Development Fund Start Levy The Dressage Development Fund (DDF) supports the development and growth of dressage in WA. The fund is pooled from a ‘Start Levy’ paid by riders for any horse/pony competing in Competitor and Participant Dressage competitions. The Dressage ‘start levy’ is collected by the Dressage Event organisers and then forwarded to EWA where it is transferred into the DDF account. The Dressage Development Fund Start Levy is $8 for the first test and a maximum of $14 for 2 or more tests per horse per day. The DDF is paid when entering a horse/pony into a Dressage competition. Dressage Warm Up Area Etiquette When using a shared warm up area at a competition or training day riders need to be aware of the ‘Warm up Arena Etiquette’ to ensure all riders are allowed to give their horses the best preparation they can for a test as some horses may be quite inexperienced &/or easily upset. Dressage competitors must always consider the safety of other riders. The following are some courtesy guidelines.
The more progressive (faster) gait has priority both on the outer track and in figures, ie: Canter has priority over trot; Trot has priority over walk.
At halt, dismounting, adjusting gear or ‘chatting’ riders should keep out of the way of traffic
Riders should pass left should to left shoulder
Counter canter has priority over other gaits
Lateral work has priority over normal gaits
Lower level horses should not disturb the warm up of higher level horses (unwritten ground rule based on the current EA Dressage Rule Book)
Riders should remove horses which are upsetting others from the warm up area
An Official may be asked to request removal of any horses upsetting others
Horses are to be lunged in the designated lunging area set aside by the organisers
Passing close to &/or heading straight at other horses
Hitting your horse hard when close to other horses
Accelerating rapidly in canter when close to other horses
Walking on the arena track (walk on an inner track instead)