Long-Reining Dressage

Long-reining Dressage is a competition that requires the handler to demonstrate their skills for working the horse in long-reins through a sequence of movements, as in a ridden or driven dressage test. Movements are predominately performed at the walk and working trot, and may include circles, serpentine, deviations and of course a halt and reverse. The competition is judged similar to a ridden test, where each movement is marked out of 10, with collectives for Obedience, Paces, Presentation and the Handler.

The club has created its own long-reining dressage tests that are available to download, enabling you to practice before the event. All long-reining tests are competed in an arena 20m x 40m in size (see the arena template for information on the arena setup and markers).

These competitions are open to handlers of all ages and abilities, with horses of all sizes and at varying stages of training (ridden or driven).

The dress code for this competition is ‘workmanlike’ with the wearing of show jackets optional. Shoes should be sturdy and suitable for the arena surface such as riding boots or equestrian ‘trainers’ that are specifically designed for yard work and training from the ground.

Equipment used must be a safe condition. Equipment used for schooling your horse such as a lungeing roller may be used or parts of a driving harness (e.g. driving pad and blinkered bridle). A full set of harness is optional for these competitions.

In addition to the general rules for long-reining: No leg protection may be worn (e.g. boots, bandages). No artificial training aids permitted (side reins, head-checks, martingales etc.). A groom may be present at the ringside to assist when needed. Any assistance incurs penalties. Callers are permitted. A person calling the test must remain at a centre marker outside the dressage arena as directed by the Judge or Steward.
In addition to the general rules for long-reining: No leg protection may be worn (e.g. boots, bandages). No artificial training aids permitted (side reins, head-checks, martingales etc.). A groom may be present at the ringside to assist when needed. Any assistance incurs penalties. Callers are permitted. A person calling the test must remain at a centre marker outside the dressage arena as directed by the Judge or Steward.