What is Dressage?


The word dressage sounds like massage—and comes from the French word dresser, to train. It’s an Olympic equestrian sport, yet a basic training discipline for any horse.   
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.  
USDF Spectator’s Guide to Dressage 


Upcomming Events

Welcome to IHA Dressage 2019 Schooling Show Season everyone !  

Our Schooling Show will once again be held at the beautiful Skye Acres the address is:

Skye Acres  

361 Barton Ave  

Patchogue NY 11772  

Farm - (631) 289-9737

***Reminder : Everyone must pick up manure out by the trailers before leaving. This is asked by Skye Acres,  

so please honor the request so we can continue to have such a wonderful show site***  

 2019 Dressage Dates

 July 7, 2019

Judged By: Dorothy "Dot" Demis (S)

August 18, 2019

Judged By: Margaret Boyce (R)

(r) Western Dressage

September 8, 2019

Judged By: Jerilyn Nieder (r)

Rain Date

September 15, 2019

Closing Dates and Judge Information will be updated soon! 

Show Information


2018 IHA Dressage Rules, Regulations and General Information


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.


- To those who have Won Championships last year please check to see if you have to move up this year.

If you are not sure check with your Trainer/Instructor.

- All our shows are LIDA recognized.

- Helmets are required at all our shows . Age and Saddle dos not matter !

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

IHAD Email-ihadressage@yahoo.com

-Once our Prize List is out ( they are being worked on ) Please , read them there have been some changes.

Know your Rules and your Test's . Please , check and recheck we never like to telling people there is a problem because of this.

Make sure you test is correct and up to date by checking the USE/USDF sites on the web. And by asking your Trainer/Instructor.


There has been questions about using Video to Question a Judge about there calls. I contacted USEF on the matter here is there reply :

"In addition, if you search our rule book, you will see that most the breeds/disciplines that do allow video to be used require the use of the official videographer and they will not accept the personal video of an exhibitor."

DR123 Scoring, Classification and Prize-Giving

7. Video tape may not be used to dispute a judge’s decision."

IHA Dressage has no official Video photographer . So no Video tape can be used to question a Judge .

Facebook - Islip Horsemen's Association Dressage - IHAD        

We still need Volunteers to help us out our shows.

As you have heard from us these show always need helpers . We have jobs big and small .

We can use help for the following:

Scores - the help add the scores threw the whole show

Scribes - they take the notes an commentary from the  Judges as the Judge watches the riders during there test.

Gatekeeper  - they help keep the riders get onto Deck, Warm up and Ring on time. An  Answer the question who s next up at the gate.

Runners- they do just that run items back and forth

Parking - telling people where to park there trailers . So we have room for everyone at the show.

Set  Up and Take Down - Set up is putting everything  up and taking down  after the show , tent's basically any thing we use at the show. 

Link to Dressage FaceBook Page



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 Year End  Award's you must join the Club you who's award you wish to win. If you  want awards from both Clubs you must join both. Please, read both Clubs  Prize List's carefully as each has its own rules for Year End Award's . 

Q - Where can I find Membership Application?
 A - Membership Application can be found on Facebook it its a JPEG  photo, on our Islip Horsemen's Association web site , an the back page  of our Prize List.

Q - What happen to Freestyle ?
A - We had Freestyle down as Party Dance in past years.
Do to dwindling entries we at  IHAD have combined it into  Test of Choice.
 *** For those who show rated, I know this not would allowed at  a rated  show but as a local show an not rated, we are bending the rules. I have  phoned USEF/ US Equest,ion about the rules to check them . Being an  unrated we can choose to do so .
We do apologize to our Judges as they have the inconvenience of having to go back and forth between scoring systems.
 *** We also ask those wanting to do Freestyle as Test of Choice to  please bring there own portable sound system and speakers as we can not  depend on our's. Yes , it is on the list to be replaced . This just has  not happen yet.
An since many people have Blue Tooth music players and UE Boom type speakers we did not think this would be inconvenient.

Q - How do I fill out an Entry Form?
A - Answer, just read the required fields and fill them in as needed.
 You pay by the number Class's entered at the fee chosen by Member or  Non- Member Fee. You then add on your Number Fee and Facility Fee for  your total amount to pay.

Example :
If you enter Intro A,B,C . You have entered 3 class's .
You cost of each class depends if you are a Member or Non - Member .
So this time its a Non - Member so $39.00 per class X 3 ( number of class's)
Take that total an add it to the Number Fee and Facility Fee stated on the form and that is you Total Amount  you pay .

Q - Do I have put in Trainer information ? ,What if I am self taught or do not have a regular Trainer ?

A - We prefer that a Trainer is listed. As it gives us back up contact information and give the Trainer the credit do them.

 That said those who do not have a Trainer cause they are self taught or  do not have a steady Trainer they work with may leave this area blank.

Q - Can we pay and send Entry Form in on line?
A - No , you must mail in hard copy with entry fee.

Hope this help .

Ride Time Sheet

June 10th Ride Times (pdf)


July 8th Ride Times (pdf)


September 9th Ride Times (pdf)


Show Results

July 8th Results (pdf)


June 10th Results (pdf)


IHAD_September9_2018_Results (pdf)


2018 IHAD End_of_Year_Results (pdf)


Prize Book

2018 Dressage Prize Book (pdf)


Entry Form

IHA Dressage Entry Form (pdf)