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.
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
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
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 seniors.
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.
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