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Training Level Rider Test

To confirm that the rider sits in the correct posture and alignment and shows correct mechanics in walk, rising trot and canter. The seat is sufficiently independent for the rider to maintain a steady, elastic rein contact and encourage the horse to stretch into that contact. The horse is ridden actively forward showing impulsion and balance required for the level, bends equally to the left and right sides on turns and circles, and makes smooth, willing transitions.

First Level Rider Test

To confirm that the rider, in addition to the requirements of training level, shows correct alignment, posture and mechanics in sitting trot, including maintaining a steady, elastic rein contact. In turns on forehand and leg yields the rider remains centered and the horse responds willingly to the aids. The transitions are ridden in a better balance and with more thoroughness than at training level. In response to the correct application of the rider’s aids, the horse moves actively forward showing a consistent tempo and correct rhythm in each gait, shows appropriate bending, lengthens and shortens the stride in trot and responds willingly to both longitudinal and lateral aids.

Second Level Rider Test

To confirm that the rider, having achieved the requirements of first level, is able to ride the horse reliably on the bit with an uphill tendency. The rider lengthens and shortens the horse’s stride in trot and canter while maintaining correct alignment, posture and mechanics. In lateral movements the rider stays centered and demonstrates an appropriate angle and bending of the horse. As a result of the correct application of the rider’s aids, the horse shows a greater degree of straightness, bending, suppleness, throughness, balance and self-carriage than at first level.

USEF Four-Year-Old Dressage Test (Effective December 1, 2014)

The USEF Four-Year-Old Test is equivalent to First Level.

FEI Preliminary Dressage Test for 5-Year Old Horses

The FEI Five-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Second Level.

FEI Dressage Test for 5-Year Old Horses - Final

The FEI Five-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Second Level.

FEI Preliminary Dressage Test for 6-Year Old Horses

The FEI Six-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Third Level.

FEI Preliminary Dressage Test for 7-Year Old Horses

The FEI Seven-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Fourth Level.

FEI Dressage Test for 6-Year Old Horses - Final

The FEI Six-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Third Level.

FEI Dressage Test for 7-Year Old Horses - Final

The FEI Seven-Year-Old Tests are equivalent to Fourth Level.

Dressage Test Booklet Order Form

2015 - 2018 Training - Fourth Levels Test Book

2015 Training Level Test 1

Introduces Working trot; working canter; medium walk; free walk; 20m circles in trot and canter

2015 Training Level Test 2

Introduces Stretch circle in trot

2015 Training Level Test 3

Introduces Changing of bend on a shallow loop & canter-trot transition on diagonal

2015 First Level Test 1

Introduces 10m half circle at trot; 15m circle in canter; lengthening of stride in trot and canter

2015 First Level Test 2

Introduces Leg Yield

2015 First Level Test 3

Introduces 10m circle at trot; change of lead through trot; counter canter

2015 Second Level Test 1

Introduces Collected and medium trot and canter, 10m circle at canter; shoulder-in; simple change; rein back

2015 Second Level Test 2

Introduces Travers; half turn on haunches

2015 Second Level Test 3

No New Requirements

2015 Third Level Test 1

Introduces Extended gaits; half pass at trot; single flying change *Double Bridle Optional*

2015 Third Level Test 2

Introduces Renvers, release of reins at canter, half pass at canter *Double Bridle Optional*

2015 Third Level Test 3

No New Requirements *Double Bridle Optional*

2015 Fourth Level Test 1

Introduces Collected walk; very collected canter; walk pirouettes; multiple flying changes on diagonal *Double Bridle Optional* (Note: Correction was made in Movement #1 on November 7, 2014)

2015 Fourth Level Test 2

Introduces Counter change of hand in trot and canter; tempi changes every fourth stride; working partial pirouettes in canter *Double Bridle Optional*

2015 Fourth Level Test 3

Introduces Reinback series; tempi changes every third stride; 10m half circle in counter canter *Double Bridle Optional*

USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test

Horses must be 7 - 9 years old horses competing at the FEI Prix St. Georges level.

USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Test

Horses must be 8-10 years old competing at the FEI Grand Prix level.

First Level Test 1

Introduces 10m half circle at trot; 15m circle in canter; lengthening of stride in trot and canter

First Level Test 2

Introduces Leg Yield

First Level Test 3

Introduces 10m circle at trot; change of lead through trot; counter canter

Second Level Test 1

Introduces Collected and medium trot and canter, 10m circle at canter; shoulder-in; simple change; rein back

Second Level Test 2

Introduces Travers; half turn on haunches

Second Level Test 3

No New Requirements

Third Level Test 1

Introduces Extended gaits; half pass at trot; single flying change *Double Bridle Optional*

Third Level Test 2

Introduces Renvers, release of reins at canter, half pass at canter *Double Bridle Optional*

Third Level Test 3

No New Requirements *Double Bridle Optional*

Fourth Level Test 1

Introduces Collected walk; very collected canter; walk pirouettes; multiple flying changes on diagonal *Double Bridle Optional* (Note: Correction was made in Movement #1 on November 7, 2014)

Fourth Level Test 2

Introduces Counter change of hand in trot and canter; tempi changes every fourth stride; working partial pirouettes in canter *Double Bridle Optional*

Fourth Level Test 3

Introduces Reinback series; tempi changes every third stride; 10m half circle in counter canter *Double Bridle Optional*

Developing Horse Grand Prix Test (Effective Jan. 1, 2012 - Nov. 30, 2018)

Horses must be 8-10 years old competing at the FEI Grand Prix level.

Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test (Effective Jan. 1, 2012 - Nov. 30, 2018)

Horses must be 7 - 9 years old horses competing at the FEI Prix St. Georges level.

Training Level Test 1

Introduces Working trot; working canter; medium walk; free walk; 20m circles in trot and canter

Training Level Test 2

Introduces Stretch circle in trot

Training Level Test 3

Introduces Changing of bend on a shallow loop & canter-trot transition on diagonal

Rider Test - First Level

To confirm that the rider, in addition to the requirements of training level, shows correct alignment, posture and mechanics in sitting trot, including maintaining a steady, elastic rein contact. In turns on forehand and leg yields the rider remains centered and the horse responds willingly to the aids.

Rider Test - Second Level

To confirm that the rider, having achieved the requirements of first level, is able to ride the horse reliably on the bit with an uphill tendency. The rider lengthens and shortens the horse’s stride in trot and canter while maintaining correct alignment, posture and mechanics.

Rider Test - Training Level

To confirm that the rider sits in the correct posture and alignment and shows correct mechanics in walk, rising trot and canter.

Four-Year-Old Dressage Test

The USEF Four-Year-Old Test is equivalent to First Level.

USDF Dressage Tests

Introductory, Training - Fourth Level Freestyles, Pas de Deux & Quadrille, and Sport Horse Tests