‘Plan a warm up routine, this helps with riders nerves so you have something to focus on when you get to the competition and to make sure your horse has enough energy, suppleness and is listening to your aids!.’
‘Visualise your Dressage test, how you would ride and prepare for each movement. Take 10 mins to yourself and ride your perfect test in your mind, riding every movement, think about the way you are going to prepare your horse for the movement too.’
3. ACCURACY MATTERS!
‘Be accurate in your test, make sure you are doing the movement at the markers, circles are a round shape, centre lines are straight and use as much of the arena as possible, including corners'
4. IMPORTANCE OF CORNERS
‘Use your corners, make sure your horse is bending round the corner, this is where you can make half halts to re-balance your horse and prepare for your next movement' (note - don’t ride too deep into them and cause the horse to lose balance, remember there are no right angles in dressage)’
5. LOOK FOR C!
'To ride a good centre line, imagine your doing a half 10 metre circle onto the centre line. Try not to interfere with your horse too much while you on the centre line, focus your eyes on C, keep your hands the same distance each side of the neck, and ride forward, positively and smile! Make sure at the end of the centre line your horse knows which way you are turning so you don't wobbles!
6. MISTAKES CAN HAPPEN
'If Something goes wrong in the test, put it behind you and concentrate on riding the next movements'
7. PERFECT YOUR TRANSIONS!
‘Perfect your transitions, these are easy marks to gain if done well and accurately, but just as easy to throw away if not done correctly. Practice transitions within the paces to help your horse stay balanced and on the hind leg through a downward and upward transitions, this will build the horses strength and keep them more in front of the leg and more responsive to the half halts
8. WELL WATERED!
‘Make sure your Horse is hydrated, use electrolytes after work and make sure they have plenty to drink, if your horse doesn’t drink at a show, try putting an apple or carrot in the water to encourage them to drink.’