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Dressage Anywhere  

Riding for the Disabled clients anywhere in the country can now ride one of their own RDA dressage tests and have it judged by a British Dressage judge - all without leaving their yard or field. Dressage Anywhere, the online dressage competition website is excited to announce they are working with the RDA, the UK’s leading voluntary organisation working with horses, to run classes especially for their members. Dressage Anywhere will donate £1 to the RDA for every RDA test entered.

Riders can have fun riding in a competition class with the chance to win rosettes and prizes. It is an easy way of stimulating riders of all ages to understand how to train their pony in the correct way of going and how to make them more responsive. Through the comments made on the score sheets by experienced British Dressage judges the riders will be helped to understand what the judge is looking for when they are riding a test.  

Riders register online at www.dressageanywhere.com (at no charge) then  choose a test and enter a class selected from a comprehensive  monthly schedule that includes  Pony Club, British Dressage, Riding for the Disabled , British Eventing and FEI  tests.  Then they get a friend to video their test and upload it to the website following simple on-screen instructions.   As soon as it has been judged by one of a panel experienced British Dressage judges, the rider is notified and they can download their completed score sheet.  They can then go to the 'score board' to see their current position in the competition.  If they have entered a practice class then the results are not made public, only they can see their marks.

All riders from the very youngest to the most experienced are catered for. The basic tests start with walk and trot and go right up to Grade IV.

Besides receiving marks for each movement there are overall marks for the horse or pony's paces and way of going. Not only do they need to be calm, attentive and supple but the rider also needs to develop these qualities to gain marks. Competing from home will help develop the confidence of both before spending time and money competing live.

At BD and RDA’s Para Day in January 2011, Simon Laurens praised the concept:

“Dressage Anywhere can help in several ways, not only for the RDA but Para riders as well. This is such a great idea that without leaving home you can ride a test of your choice, therefore cost effective for the RDA as it is an expense to get both horse and rider to a competition. You are judged by one of our leading Para judges, you get great feedback and it is straight forward. It can be used as a training aid and the extra plus for me is that you can have a go at a higher level, so the RDA riders can have a go at the Para tests without any pressure whatsoever, other than that we all put on ourselves. So I really hope that RDA and Para riders make use of this very useful tool.” Simon Laurens

Further information from www.dressageanywhere.com

Contact us about arranging a Dressage Anywhere filming day: info@dressageanywhere.com  


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