Rules and Information


Equestrian Australia - Dressage Rules

New Grading System

The new grading system will be implemented effective from 1 January 2011

From 1 January 2011

  • all horses will be graded at the level they are currently with no grading points
  • all horses will begin accruing grading points when gaining 60% or better in a higher level that their graded level
  • a new performance card will be forwarded for all horses

As 1 January is the start of a new membership year for QLD/NT and WA a new performance card will be forwarded as horses registration is renewed

In relation to NSW, VIC, TAS and SA - performance cards will be sent out by EA Branch Office to  all horses that are currently registered and hold a Dressage performance card.

New Rules Governing Horse Ownership

All horses in NSW will be required to obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC) for the land on which the horses are kept. Even if you only have one horse, you will still need a PIC. For further information please read this flyer.


You can view the current Dressage Rules by clicking below :


There will be changes to the National Adult Amateur Owner/Rider Division as of the 1st of January 2019.  If you are part of this division we recommend you read the new rules.  Follow the link below to the Dressage Australia website.


Effective from 1st July 2018

While guidelines have been in place since 2011, from 1 July 2018, new Stallion Rules will be implemented*. It will be compulsory for stallions at EA sanctioned events to wear compliant green number holders on both sides of the horse’s bridle, or, alternatively, green discs on both sides of the saddle cloth, at all times.

Improving stallion visibility will help protect the well-being of those around them.

Equestrian Australia, State Branches and National Discipline Committees have developed a set of rules relating to the safe practices of Stallions at events.

These rules are consistent with EA's focus on improving safety for everyone, by identifying risks and putting in place measures to mitigate those risks.

It is compulsory at all EA affiliated events for stallion owners/riders/grooms and any other person in charge of a stallion to ensure they are easily identifiable at all times.

To ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities as a an owner, rider, groom or person in charge of a Stallion, please follow the link to the EA website for a clear explanation of the rules and regulations:

APDC Annual Point Score Rules
• To be eligible to receive points you must be a current financial member of Alexander Park Dressage Club at the time of competing for points.

• Presentation will take place at the first competition the following year

• Points will include all shows starting with the February Competition to the December competition, inclusive

• Champions awarded to—
Junior & Youth classes
Pony Classes,
Official Competitive (OC) & Closed Restricted (CR)
Amateur Owner Rider (AOR) – OC & CR. Preliminary to Advanced
Open Division—OC & CR Preliminary to Advanced.
FEI points includes both Open and AOR combinations

• There is no minimum score needed to accrue points

• Points are awarded as follows: 1st = 30pts, 2nd = 29pts, 3rd = 28pts,
4th = 27pts down to 30th= 1pt. The members will be awarded points according to their placing in the test NOT where they rank compared to other members.

• Points are not awarded to horses competing HC.

• Points will be awarded for each division if the tests are divided.

• Equal placing will receive equal points.

• Horse and Rider combination must compete at a minimum of 3 competitions per year or 50% of the events held at the same level to be eligible for that level.

• If there are two horses on equal results at the end of the year, the highest average percentage will be the winner. If they are still equal then the higher place getter in the more difficult test (.2 or .3) at the Championships is the winner

• If you enter as an AAOR, then you are only eligible for the AAOR point score, you cannot compete in both the Open and Amateur point score


Do you need some handy tips for pencilling? Get the Common Abbreviations Guide


Have you read the current EA Social Media Policy?

Read this glowing report for APDC from Michael Bragge, Chairman of Dressage Victoria from his visit to the APDC Championship weekend.


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Information for horse owners:

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Have you ever thought about becoming a Dressage Judge?
Dressage NSW is always looking for people to become dressage judges and assist with officiating at our club days.  You would start as a probationary judge and after a short time you will be able to become a "H" level judge and if you are inclined you can increase  your knowledge and even aspire to becoming an Olympic judge. DNSW_Application_Prob_judge_HLevel


Do you need Transport to get to our competitions?

Websters Coachworks Hire Floats have Straight and Angle Load Floats available. If it's getting to a competition on the weekend, lesson during the week or just to move your horse anytime, they have Floats that will fit all types of horses including those extra large Dressage Horses.  Webster Coachworks also service, renovate and restore all floats.  If your float is in need of some TLC or your Rego is due and you're not sure you've got all servicing up to date give Rex a call on 0429 400 450 to discuss your needs.


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