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

The rules are revised once a year and come into effect on 1 December. 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.

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 December every year.

MEMBERS' HANDBOOK

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Eligibility guides

We've developed 'flow chart' tables to help with eligibility where you answer yes or no to a series of questions - answer yes at any stage and you need to move to the next section and/or level.  They're printed in the Handbook but you can also download them as required below:

INTRO  PRELIMINARY  NOVICE  ELEMENTARY
 MEDIUM ADVANCED MEDIUM PRIX ST GEORGES INTERMEDIATE I
INTERMEDIATE II MY QUEST TEAM QUEST  ALL TESTS

Approved tack and equipment

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

DOWNLOAD TACK & EQUIPMENT GUIDE