What is Dressage


The word dressage sounds like massage.  It originates from the French word dresser which means to train.  Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport; but it is also a basic training tool for any discipline.  

Dressage principles are a logical, step-by-step progression from simple to increasingly complex movements. More and more is asked of the horse as it becomes mentally and physically ready to respond to these demands.   
The graceful movements performed in competition may look effortless but are the result of years of training. The rider’s aids (weight, leg, and hand cues) should be imperceptible. A squeeze of the calf, a closing of the fingers, a shifting of the rider’s weight in the saddle should be all that is necessary to tell the horse what to do.

Dressage requires the horse and rider to combine the strength and agility of gymnastics with the elegance and beauty of ballet. The result is truly the best blend of sport and art.

Like any sport, watching dressage is more interesting the more you know about it.  

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2020 IHA Dressage Rules, Regulations and General Information


**NEW** for 2020

We have added two lead-line classes and two para dressage classes.  Both divisions use the same lead line tests:  A & B.  Please click on the following link to download these tests:  http://www.ecrda.com/pages/2015DressageTests/ECRDA-lead-line-walk.pdf and http://www.ECRDA/pages/2015dressagetests/ecrda-lead-line-walk-trot.pdf

These new divisions will not count towards Year End Awards in 2020.

Our show will be managed by Dressage Experience Show Management.  Entries can be mailed in or completed on line.   

Mail:  Ellen Brindle-Clark, 13 Bunting Avenue, Burlington, NJ  08016.

Online:  www.horseshowoffice.com

We will accept the first 70 rides ( those with correct entries and monies paid in full). 

Any  correct entries which are received after the first 70 rides will be  placed on a waiting list in the order they were received.

Our 2020 shows are LIDA recognized.

Helmets are required at all our shows . Saddle does not matter.

 If you have not sent in your email address please contact me with it so I can add you on our Blast List.

IHAD Email:   ihadressage@yahoo.com

Know your Rules and your Tests . Please note: the show management does not provide readers.

Up-to-date tests can be found here:  https://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/2019.asp   



Goodmorning Everyone,  I have started to get questions so I though  it may be a good idea to put a few of them on line to help you in case  you had the same questions. 

Q - Is LIDA and IHAD the same club?
A - No ,we are two separate Clubs . If you are showing for IHA Year End Awards,  you must join the IHA.    Please, read the prize list carefully for eligibility requirements. 

Q - Where can I find Membership Application?
A -  https://isliphorsemensassociation.com/membership 


the 2020 Dressage show series is canceled

Regrettably, because of the restrictions mandated by the State & Local Jurisdictions, we canceled the series.  We look forward to 2021 and celecbrating our 50th Anniversary.