Since it's beginnings
in 2008 the Dressage club has been through a number of changes.
The Club is open to any Riding School Clients or liveries
of Aldersbrook Stables who want to participate in competitions
or improve their riding skills. Today many of the members
take part in the British Dressage's inter-dressage competitions
where a specific test is ridden in the arena and recorded
and sent off for marking by BD's affiliated judges. The marked
test sheet is then returned to the rider where it can be analysed,
compared and practised. This enables riders to complete at
the level they require rather than to compete at the level
of the majority. Prior to the test being recorded practise
sessions can be booked or lessons taken practising and analysing
the individual movements.
In addition to
interdressage competition the Riding School also holds competitions
usually on a Friday night or Bank Holidays for the adults
and during the school holidays for the juniors. These competitions
usually consist of an introductory level (no canter) and a
preliminary level test. Riders can compete at either or both
levels. Other tests such as novice or specific preliminary
tests can also be requested and will be held as long as there
is sufficient demand.The Riding School will also organise
any demonstrations or lectures that are requested.
In the three or
four weeks leading up to these events practise dressage sessions
can be booked at a costs of £5 a head for a short run
through with help where necessary. Intensive riding tuition
can also be booked where more help is required or private
or group lessons can be geared towards dressage tests where
there is a demand. Any lessons can be booked with the riding
school instructors as required.
On the day of the
competition although the Riding School staff do carry out
all the tasks required help is always appreciated prticularly
with calling out the tests, checking the scores,writing for
the judge or preparing the arena. Speak to Julie or Chris
if you would like to help with this.
The next competition
is on Friday 28th October at 4.30pm for juniors and 6pm for
seniors. The tests will be Introdutory B and preliminary 12
for the seniors and introductory A and preliminary 7 for the
Entry Forms must
be in by the Friday preceding the Competition and Competitors
need to ring Julie at specified times on the Wednesday evening
during the week of the competition in order to get their times.
Whilst the Dressage
group do have their own Club Treasurer and Secretary, riders
wishing to join should contact Julie Baker in the first instance
to ensure that they are eligible.