There are several small tricks that many people tend to miss in dressage. These can ultimately improve your dressage test and score.
In the sport of dressage a good first impression is imperative and can be the difference between being forced to fight for points from the start or being a benchmark to begin your test. You should break the halt into components to ensure a flawless performance.
- Entrance- Have a smooth entrance aimed to the center line sporting a confident canter. Concentrate on staying straight, and the quality of your pace.
- Transition to halt- Make sure you are straight and your horse is responding to your seat and hand aid to create a smooth transition.
- The halt- Make sure during your training sessions you have someone watching you practicing the halt. Try not to look over the side as this will result in an unsettled horse and increases the possibility of the horse moving. Make immobility your goal, keep your seat balanced and your eyes through the horses ears.
- Exit- Make sure you leave the halt precisely. Keep it simple with a graceful salute and a nod to acknowledge the judges. This transition requires a lot of practice.
Transitions are highlighted by judges as important and is where a lot of riders will loose the majority of their points. Practice all of your transitions in and out of movements ans gaits. This is a very simple way to improve your score.
Execute each movement with precision and aim, focusing on the letter you are aiming for and strive to maintain straightness and accuracy. When doing a diagonal line with a change at the end, remember it is not supposed to be executed on the wall but on the diagonal itself.
A corner is a good opportunity to correct yourself so make sure you are utilizing every corner to gauge your performance. Take advantage of the corner by doing a half halt, to let yourself bring everything together to come out of the corner confident and well prepared to start the next movement.
It is very important to visualize the arena you will be riding in for the competition. By doing this you will feel more at ease on the day of the test and you will be able to focus on your performance better.
Easy Ways To Improve Your Dressage Performance & Score
Dressage is a sport that requires correct attention to detail, with every move being perfect. However as we all know a perfect score is practically impossible, but improving your current score is not. Here are a few simple tricks to keep in mind when in the arena that will boost your performance on show.
First Impression Is Important
It is important to create a benchmark from the first step in dressage and so it’s imperative to nail your first halt. In order to do this you will need to break it into components to ensure a champion score.
- have a smooth entrance into the arena and make sure you are straight and your horse responds to your seat.
- have someone else watching you in training for your halt as if you look down yourself on the holt it often results in an unsettled horse.
- when you exit from the holt you should leave precisely. Keep your exit simple and graceful without unnecessary gestures.
Most people underestimate the importance of transitions in their dressage score. If you look at the Grand Prix, quickly you will see that 13 of the 33 movements in the Judges directives on the score sheet highlight transitions within the pace, or in or out of a movement. Practice hard on your transitions to make them as perfect as possible and this is an easy way to improve your score!
It is a common problem for riders at all levels, even professionals to be lacking in accuracy in the dressage test. If you strive to improve and stand out from the standard of your level in accuracy this is a sure way to help your performance. Each movement should be executed with precision and aim.
Corners provide a valuable opportunity to correct if needed. A lot of riders miss this in their eagerness in focusing on the next marker. You should make use of every corner by using it to do a small half holt pulling everything together and coming out of the corner ready to start the next movement as prepared as possible.
It is vital to visualize the arena you are riding in as this will make you feel more familiar and at ease in the competition arena. You need to visualize your test in real time. Go through each movement sitting down and place emphasis on your breathing when you think about it.