AQHA began recognizing dressage competition in 2010. AQHA dressage competitors earn Incentive Fund payout for Level 1 and above, year-end awards and AQHA points in Category X.
Dressage emphasizes longevity by systematically developing horse and rider together to create a harmonious team. It encourages riders to take their time and develop correct horsemanship skills as they progress through each level of training. See Frequently Asked Questions.
Interesting Facts About Dressage
The term “dressage” means “training.” As a discipline, dressage develops the horse through systematic and progressive training aids that are used by riders of all backgrounds – from barrel racing to reining and horsemanship.
Tests are prescribed series of movements that sequentially follow a horse’s training level. Tests are the means by which the horses and riders are judged in dressage competition. Riders choose the level and test they present and are able to move back and forth from one level and test as they choose.
Riders must comply with AQHA, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Dressage Federation requirements for proper registration and licensing.
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Finding a Show in Your Area
Dressage may be offered at an AQHA show or special event and must be judged by a licensed USEF/USDF judge.
Awards and Points
AQHA points earned in dressage count towards Register of Merits, Superiors and other AQHA awards. Certificates are awarded to American Quarter Horses qualifying in regional and national shows each year. To find out what awards your horse can earn, visit www.aqha.com/awards.
Dressage High-Point Champions
Annually, AQHA recognizes the top point earners in each division of every AQHA-approved event, and the year-end high-point award winners are honored in the April issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
More About AQHA Dressage
Watch The American Quarter Horse Journal for continued articles about dressage and how it can be used with your current program. Look for continued updates on the addition of western dressage in AQHA. And don’t forget to ask your local show management to host an event in your area and join other dressage enthusiasts in competition.
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