Category: Shows & Showing

Tips and info on shows & showing, including documentation, rules and protocol.

Sep 11 – Moving up to Second Level

Second Level frame

Kimberly Cox, Assignment re: application for promotion of dressage judge status (to Basic). Topic: Second Level is a significant step-up from First Level. What are the differences? The differences between competing at First and Second Level in dressage involves more than mastery of movements including: shoulder in, travers, simple change, counter canter, 10 meter circle, …

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Aug 25…Roderick August 11, 2013

Roderick, Kim Cox up

Roderick West Calgary Dressage Third Level Test 3 64% Ride more forward into a steady hand. Why does it take so long to get there? I have a compulsive need to fix things as they happen. My coach, Deanna Cullen, has steadfastly resolved to not allow my disfunctionality to “fiddle” with the reins. Roderick, my …

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Aug 06…..Tools for success in the Dressage Court

CalgaryDressage pictures

The Digital Horse visual aid for learning dresage tests. I ‘ve found it is better to learn all my dressage tests by memory.  It goes beyond memory, I learn them “by heart”.  In this way I use my anticipation and sequencing skills to help prepare for the next movement. If there is soft music in the …

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Feb 22…..Showing in the USA #3


  In a perfect world, I would like to show every 2 to 3 weeks during the season.  In this part of the world you can do that.  Showing this often adds to a rider’s mental toughness and psychological edge. There is a long off season at home and shows are far apart in the regular schedule at …

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Feb 17…Showing in the USA #2

You have established a training base in southern California, your horse has arrived at the destination all is well. Your horse will need a few days to  adjust to the climate and change in hay. Bathe and clip your horse and find the appropriate sheet/blanket/fly mask combination for the weather in the desert. We feed “Safe Choice”, …

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Jan 12

Calgary Dressage……California Blogging


Stay tuned for information and updates on how to “go large” on the southern California dressage circuit.  I will be shipping my third level horse to Thermal Ca. next week.  Watch for tips and informantion on “how to” for the adult amateur rider who may want to add this experience to their bucket list. You …

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Apr 27

Calgary Dressage…Basic Horse Turnout for Showing

Half Pass

Basic Horse Turnout for Showing -Mane neatly pulled, trimmed, and braided.* -Braid mane with elastics or yarn that matches your horse’s mane. White elastics are acceptable in dressage, but avoid them if you are not a skilled braider. -Horse is clean! -Tack is clean! -Clean white or black saddle pad for dressage events. -Hot towel …

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Apr 26

Dressage Show Checklist….are you ready to go?


Dressage Show Check List Take a look at my list of items I bring to the Dressage Shows. I hope it helps those new to showing. If you show with others from the same facility, divide the list up so everyone can contribute.  This is not an exhaustive list, although it may look like one. …

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Mar 22 links to gold show prize lists…

CCADA Prizelist 2012 Temporary Sport License EC Temporary Horse Registration EC AJYRPrizelist

Mar 21

Calgary Dressage – Alberta Dressage Show Dates for 2012

Dressage Show Ribbons

Thank you to Beckie Snow for compiling the show dates for the Alberta Dressage Summer Season: 2012 Alberta Recognized & Schooling Show Dates as of March 21, 2012: May 11, 12 &13th Gold Show in Red Deer presented by AJ/YR May 12th Bronze Show in Red Deer presented by AJ/YR May 26th and 27th Gold …

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