Competition rules

The rules are a great place to start for 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.

Sheepgate arena

If you're not sure which level and section you should be competing in, our eligibility guides have been designed to direct you through a series of questions to provide you with the level and section for you. We also have an Approved Tack and Equipment Guide, which illustrates the tack, bits and equipment permitted under our rules.

2021 Members' Handbook

Our current rules can be found in the Members' Handbook, which contains all the information you need to know to compete in affiliated dressage. They are revised on an annual basis and come into effect from 1 January every year.

The Members' Handbook has been produced digitally for our members in 2021 to support our commitment to cut down on paper use, transport miles, and to help with our green credentials. All of our judges, stewards and officials will receive a printed copy automatically.


2021 rule changes synopsis

See below document for a synopsis of the 2021 rule changes:


Printed rulebooks

We will print a very small number of additional rulebooks for those Full members who really do need to access a printed version. If you fall into this category please contact the team below. Your request will then be verified by our team, prior to a printed copy being posted out in the new year.


2021 Approved Tack and Equipment Guide

Alongside the Members' Handbook, there's an Approved Tack and Equipment Guide for British Dressage competitions to provide you with a pictorial guide for clarification on permitted tack and equipment:



Eligibility guides

Level Section
Introductory Bronze    
Prelim Bronze Silver Gold
Novice Bronze Silver Gold
Elementary Bronze Silver Gold
Medium Bronze Silver Gold
Advanced Medium Bronze Silver Gold
Prix St Georges Bronze Silver  Gold
Inter I Bronze Silver Gold
Inter II / Grand Prix   Silver Gold