From Endurance to Dressage
Not that anyone but me probably cares, but USEF has published the new National Dressage Tests for 2015 - 2018. I'll have printable PDFs on the website soon, but for now, here is the link to USEF where you can see the new tests for yourself. They are effective beginning December 1, 2014.
I've been worried about the tests because the last time they changed them (in 2011), they moved the movements from Training Level Test 1 down to Introductory C which means I got stuck at Intro for longer than I had wanted to be. I've looked over the three tests from First Level, and thankfully, the purpose has remained exactly the same:
USEF has also kept the three tests per level format. That worked well for me, so I am glad about that.
The skills introduced at First Level have also remained unchanged:
I am taking Speedy to a schooling show this weekend, and we'll be using the old tests. I wasn't planning on riding Test 2, but due to a change in plans, I will now be riding first Level Test 1 and 2 … Heaven help us as I haven't even read Test 2. Nothing like jumping right in!
Look over the new tests and let me know what has changed, especially at Second Level. Who knows? I might get there sooner than I think!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%