Dressage Rules


Rule Book

It is strongly recommended that you buy a copy of the appropriate sport Rule Book(s) so that you always have it to hand for your competitions.

All Rule Books are available from The Pony Club Shop at a cost of £3.00.

The 2017 Dressage Rule Book is available below:

Dressage Rule Book 2017

Preliminary Rounds for the Dengie Winter League will be run under 2016 rules which can be found below:
Dressage Rule Book 2016

“2016 Rule Book Amendment - please note a mis-print in the Intermediate Dressage Championship Test 2014. Movement 13 should read as follows:

13. KS         Show some steps of medium canter.
      SHCM Working canter.

The downloadable test sheets and all paper copies are correct.

Dress and Saddlery Rules

Note regarding Tack Checking at Branch and Area competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing
Please note that, although The Pony Club would like competitors to use plain tack and dress, there is nothing in our rule book to stipulate this.
There is a perception that The Pony Club only allows completely plain tack and dress. We do not want The Pony Club to be saddled with an ‘old fashioned’ label. We would rather retain members and educate them, than alienate them.
The most important aspect of the Tack Check is the safety element, i.e. checking that the stirrups are the correct size, that hats are tagged and that stitching is safe and secure etc.

Dressage Dress & Saddlery Rules 2017

Penalties for Contravening the Rules

Contravention of the rules will incur elimination. Under certain circumstances, instead of elimination, a 2-point penalty may be deducted at the discretion of the Dressage Judge, in
collaboration with the Official Steward (if there is no Official Steward, then the Organiser may be consulted). The 2-point penalty would only apply to minor infringements that do not affect the performance of the horse, i.e. rider not wearing gloves, horse entering arena with tail bandage in place, etc. Points will be deducted from the final score and will not count as errors of course.

Quick Reference Guide to Penalties for Contravening Rules

Other Sport Rules

All Rule Books are available for download via our website. It is strongly recommended that you print out or buy a copy of the appropriate sport Rule Book(s) so that you always have it to hand for your competitions. If you wish to purchase a 'hard-copy' of any Rule Book then you can do so from our online shop at a cost of £3.00



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