Getting excited about the season ahead? I bet you’re looking forward to the cross-country and show jumping phases, but did you know you can get a better score by riding your dressage test well?
The dressage phase may not be as fun as the jumping events, but practicing your dressage test and riding it well can make all the difference. The judges impression and results from dressage can be the score you finish on, so riding a good dressage test could be what makes the difference in your end result!
Though I am mainly a dressage rider, in this video, I will be riding the USEF Training Test A. Complete with drone footage as well as a camera front-on, you will be able to watch me ride each figure as I talk about what the judges are looking for and comment on what you should be focusing on as the rider.
Hopefully, this video helps give you a picture of what to expect in a USEF Training level test, and the best way to ride it! A big thank you to Eventing Nation for collaborating on this video with me.
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Amelia Newcomb is a USDF Gold medalist, a member of the prestigious USEF Dressage Development Program, and recipient of the Carol Lavell Prize from the Dressage Foundation. Based in Somis, California, she incorporates complete dressage training from starting the young horse through the FEI levels.
Amelia works to develop a trusting and confident relationship between horse and rider. Her approach incorporates all aspects of horsemanship from basic groundwork to advanced dressage movements. The emphasis is always on the foundation with the basic trust, understanding, and relaxation for both horse and rider to create a harmonious partnership.
Amelia’s mantra has always been “Dressage for All,” which is evident in both her in person and online coaching. With a successful YouTube video library of hundreds of free educational videos, over 135,000 subscribers (and counting!), and thousands of students enrolled in her online USDF accredited courses, it is clear that Amelia has a passion for teaching and dressage! “I have been blessed with many great teachers in my career and I hope to help each and every one of my students develop a connection and solid relationship with their horses.”
Read more tips from Amelia on EN here.