5 Reasons to Ride in a Dressage Seat Equitation Class

Amatey Wensel and Furst Klasse REF, 2019 AA Regional Equitation Champion; Joan Macartney, judge; Krystina Wright, USDF representative; Ulf Wadeborn, judge (SusanJStickle.com)

You may have heard of equitation classes – but have you ever considered riding in one?  They are a great experience to add to you and your horse’s show resume.  Here are 5 reasons you should sign up to try one!


Scores may be eligible for the Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Awards! Visit the USDF Member Guide for score requirements and eligibility.

Valuable Insight from Judges

Participation in an equitation class is an excellent way for riders to get firsthand tips from a judge on how they perform in competition, and areas they can improve to help show off their horse’s abilities as best they can.

Regional Finals

Adult amateur riders may qualify to compete in a USDF Adult Amateur Equitation Regional Final presented by Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply by earning a 70% or higher in any eligible Dressage Seat Equitation class (except walk-trot). More information and Program Rules are on the USDF website.

Opportunities for Young Riders

Riders 18 years and under may qualify for the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals by earning a 70% or higher in any eligible Dressage Seat Equitation class. Visit the USDF website for details on the USEF/USDF Dressage Seat Medal Program.

Gain Show Experience

Riders and horses can gain valuable experience riding and competing in a group class.

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