Attire: English or western attire or costumes are permitted. Costumes must be safe for the horse and rider and not interfere with the rider’s ability to control the horse. Helmets and heeled boots are required; riding barefoot is prohibited. Helmets may be decorated as part of a costume. Costumes are not required but inclusion of costumes will be reflected in the choreography scoring section.
Tack: English or western tack is allowed. Horses may be shown in any bit unless it is deemed inhumane by the judge. Riding bareback is allowed.
Time: There is no minimum time. Suggested ride time is 3 1/2 to 5 minutes. Entry salutes and final salutes are required. Judging begins when a horse moves off after the entry salute and ceases at the final salute. A rider must signal the sound engineer within 45 seconds of the entry bell to begin the music.
Movements: There are no required movements per test levels. However, it may be noted that the scoring is divided evenly between technical scores and artistic scores. Technical scoring includes the evaluation of the technical execution of any standard dressage movements included in the test. Failure to include any standard dressage movements (ie., circles, serpentines, change of rein, lateral movements) will be reflected in the scoring. The number of movements alone will not be rewarded; the quality/accuracy of the movements performed will be the basis of the scoring. Difficulty of movements will be considered in the choreography section of scoring.
Music Failure: If music fails during the test, the rider(s) may decide to restart the test from the beginning or commence from the point where the music failed. Judging restarts at the point of interruption. The marks already given do not change.