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Rules

Houston Dressage Society (HDS) “recognizes” and promotes schooling shows in the Houston area. HDS also hosts one schooling show per year that runs at the same time as the annual HDS Schooling Show Championship held at Great SW Equestrian Center in December. All schooling shows that have applied for HDS recognition are qualifiers for the annual HDS Schooling Show Championships. 

The HDS CALENDAR lists all the HDS recognized schooling shows. Check back often because new shows are added regularly. (move this type of verbiage to top of calendar page that button links to)

Useful information for schooling show riders and organizers below:

HDS Schooling Show Championships

 

  • Junior, Adult Amateur, Open and Pony Divisions in:

    • Introductory through Fourth Level

    • Freestyle (dressage to music) Training to Third Level

    • Equitation Walk/Trot and Walk/Trot/Canter

    • Western Dressage

    • Eventing Dressage

    • Prix Caprilli Test 2 (dressage with jumps)

Championship  Rules  -  Qualifying Scores - Qualified riders (maybe)

Dressage Tests

Schooling Show Organizers

Schooling Show Championships

All HDS members are eligible for the HDS Recognized Schooling Show Championship if the following conditions apply:

Participants must have been 2022 Members in good standing

• Participants must be 2023 Members at start of Championships

Qualifying Scores must be obtained during 2022 competition year (12/12/21–11/28/22) at HDS Recognized Schooling Shows

• Each rider must declare the division in which they are competing prior to each attempt at a qualifying ride at HDS Recognized  Schooling Shows or for a score submitted under HDS requirements (Amateur, Open, Junior/Young Rider, or Pony) and must provide proof of eligibility in the case of Amateur and Junior/Young Riders.

• Each horse/rider pair must comply with 2022 HDS Recognized Schooling Show Requirements & competition rules.

• Horse/Rider combinations can only be ridden in classes in two (2) consecutive levels (e.g., Training and 1st Level).

• No horse/pony may be ridden in more than three (3) tests plus one equitation class per day. A horse/pony may be ridden by more than one rider.

• Scores from opportunity classes at HDS 2022 recognized shows count as qualifying rides for the HDS Schooling Show Championships

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HDS has made the following changes to schooling show requirements for the current 2023 show year: To be eligible for Championship classes, horse and rider combinations must obtain two (2) Qualifying Scores (Percentage) at one or more shows with two different judges per the following table.   Next year, horse and rider combinations will require 3 scores.

 

All recognized HDS Schooling Show USDF dressage classes will be offered at Championships. In addition, HDS will be offering both Eventing test of choice and Western Dressage test of choice in the Open Show and HDS Schooling Show Championship. 

 

Championship Classes will use these USDF Levels and Tests

Introductory Test B

Training Level Test 3

Dressage Equitation (No Test Needed)

Prix Caprilli Test 2 (Max 2 Ft.)

First Level Test 3

Second Level Test 3

Third Level Test 3

Fourth Level Test 3

Freestyle Training through 3rd Level

Western Dressage Test of Choice- excludes freestyles

Eventing Dressage Test of Choice

Qualifying Scores for Schooling Show Championships

Championship Class
Adult Amateur
Junior
Pony
Open
Introductory
59%
59%
59%
63%
Training Level
59%
59%
59%
62%
First Level
58%
58%
58%
61%
First Level Freestyle
58%
58%
N/A
61%
Second Level
57%
57%
57%
60%
Second Level Freestyle
57%
57%
N/A
60%
Third Level
56%
56%
56%
58%
Third Level Freestyle
56%
56%
N/A
58%
Fourth Level
55%
55%
55%
56%
Prix Caprilli
59%
59%
N/A
62%
Dressage Equitation
59%
59%
N/A
62%
Western Dressage
59%
59%
N/A
62%
Eventing Dressage
59% (41 Faults)
59% (41 Faults)
N/A
62% (38 Faults)
Qualifying Scores
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