Tips on How to Remember Your Dressage Test

Top tips on how to remember a dressage test

Let us help you remember your dressage test with a selection of tips from four top dressage riders; Gareth Hughes, Sophie Wells, Natasha Baker and Lara Edwards! There is no bigger frustration than wondering about the extra marks you may have earned if you’d remembered your dressage test! Maybe it was a moment you forgot the next movement or the fear of not being able to remember in the first place that’s losing you valuable marks and hindering progress. In this article, we’ve teamed up with some of the industries leading dressage riders to give us their tips on how to remember your dressage test.

Gareth Hughes Dressage Rider

Dressage Rider Gareth Hughes

Sponsored by Animalife

“Read through the test and get a general idea of where you are going, then start at the beginning and learn it as a pattern,  slowly adding one movement at a time.” 

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Sophie Wells GBR on C Fatal Attraction Photo FEI/Liz Gregg
FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon Sophie Wells GBR on C Fatal Attraction Photo FEI/Liz Gregg

Olympic Gold Medallist Sophie Wells

Sponsored by Weatherbeeta

“I used to forget mine all the time when I was younger. What really helped me was to set out a mini arena in the car park and or at home, and walk through it several times. That way the pattern got in my head.

Another good way is to video yourself doing the test and watch it back, you can also then try and visualise the test in real time, by closing your eyes and keep checking where you are.”

Natasha Baker Photo by Jo Hansford Photography
Natasha Baker Photo by Jo Hansford Photography

Dressage Rider Natasha Baker, MBE and Gold Medalist Paradressage 

Sponsored by Golly Galoshes and Dressage Deluxe

“I used to walk the test out in my garden over and over and you can use cones or something similar for the markers on a smaller scale.” 

Lara Edwards

Dressage Rider and Dyson Stallions Owner Lara Edwards

Sponsored by Alltech

“I prefer to rely on repetition in my training, riding the test instead of reading it, then I visualise myself riding it too.”


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