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You can view the current British Dressage (BD) Rule Book by clicking on the various headings below. The rules are revised on
an annual basis and come into effect from 1 December every year.

The book contains all the information you need to know to
compete in affiliated dressage, including what you and your horse are allowed to wear, what the judges are looking for and how to qualify for all the different championships.

For a simplified guide to qualifying for some of the most popular finals, click How to qualify

2015 Rules - active 1 December 2014

Download the full 2015 Members Hand Book.

To view all 2015 rule amendments, click here to download the document.

2016 Rules - active 1 December 2014

Download the full 2016 Members' Handbook

To view all the significant 2016 rule amendments, download the document. (This does not include the new competition structure changes.)

Riding hat rules

In January 2015, the EU Commission announced that the BS/EN1384 hat standard was to be withdrawn. Following this notification, British Dressage made the decision to remove the BS/EN1384 hat standard from the list of recommended standards from 1 January 2017.

Hats with the BS/EN1384 standard will continue to be permitted for use in BD competitions throughout 2015 and 2016 but not thereafter.

To enable competitors to forward plan buying new hats, we have compiled and uploaded the 2016 Hat Rules