FAQs

What tests will be new in 2018?

For answers click HERE

What are Custom Covers for Laminated books and Binders?

  1. A standard cover with the picture of the "feet" replaced by a picture and text you provide.  Most people provide a digital picture of their horse or them riding their horse and text of the horse's name or their name and the horse's name.   .  
  2. A completely custom cover you provide with none standard book title or Dressage Illustrated name on it.  The cover image needs to be digital and in a standard format (.jpg, .png, .pdf, etc.)
  3. See the information on Custom Covers in the Home Page Footer for more details on the image requirements and how to send it to us. 

When will the current tests change?

 TEST EFFECTIVE NEXT CHANGE
WDAA Western Dressage Tests Jan 1, 2017 Dec 1, 2021
FEI Seniors, Jr & Young Riders Jan 1, 2018 ?????
FEI Para Equestrian Jan 1, 2017 ?????
USEA Eventing Tests Dec 1, 2013 Dec 1, 2017
USDF/USEF - Intro, Training, thru Fourth Level Dec 1, 2014 Dec 1, 2018
FEI Eventing  Introductory Test Jan 1, 2018 ?????
FEI Young Horse Jan 1, 2018 ?????

 

How do I know I have the current test?

Look on the date on the front cover lower left of the book.  That date is the effective date and should match the year of the above effective dates.  If no date on the front, check the test titles, if they have a date, that is the effective date.  FEI is not consistent and makes small updates every year.  Hence the FEI test title dates do not match the book cover dates.  Feel free to ask us about the current date for any test.  

 

What is the difference between the Judge's tests books and the rider's test books?

The Judge's tests have the diagrams reversed to show them with A (at the top of the diagram) because the Judge sits at C looking toward A.  The Riders Tests have the diagrams shown from C (at the top of the diagram) because the riders enter from A riding toward the Judge at C.  That is the only difference.  Both Judges and Riders Tests contain the directives (text) which instruct the Judge what performance factors to judge in each movement.  Many riders find the Judges diagrams confusing because they are reversed.  Judges prefer the diagrams from A because they appear the same as the judge sees the arena. 

ERRATA

2017 WDAA Level 1 Test 4 Movement 12.  The test text should be changed as shown below.  Cross out the red letters and write in the green letters with a pen.  

All who purchased riders, judges, and instructors books notified by email.  f  All books are correct after 7-8-2017.

2017 WDAA Level 2 Test 1 Movements 5, 13.  The loop should touch the centerline instead of the quarter line.  A to the diagram correction can be made with a red pen.  Corrections sent for Judges and Instructors books.  All books are correct after 2-28-2017.

2017 WDAA Level 2 Test 2 Movement 12.  The gait after the halt should be a collected jog.  A correction can be made to the diagram by drawing a dashed line over the red lope line with a pen.  Corrections sent for Judges and Instructors books.  All books are correct after 2-28-2017.

2017 WDAA Level 2 All Tests  The statement under the "Purpose" should read:  Collected Jog must be ridden sitting.  Corrections sent for Judges and Instructors books.  Riders notified by email to modify their books.  All books are correct after 2-28-2017. As explained below, technically this correction is not needed.  It is being pointed out only for agreement between the Dressage Illustrated tests and the WDAA online tests.  

The USEF Rulebook Section WD104 – 5b states the jog should be ridden sitting, but does say must be ridden sitting so does not prohibit riding the jog posting or rising. USEF is very consistent with their use of the words "should" and "must."  When a test and the rule book disagree, the rulebook wins.  Therefore rising or posting is allowed despite what the test says. WDAA knows this and intended the jog should be ridden sitting, but did not want riders who could not sit the jog to be penalized.    

 

2017 WDAA All Freestyle Tests.  WDAA changed all four freestyle tests 3-2-2017.  The changes are a reordering of the movements in each test by gait and adding some limits to the test and movements.  One paragraph in the Judging guidance section was removed.  Per the Terms of Service on this web site, Dressage Illustrated is not responsible for updating product in the field when the issuing organization makes changes.  The changes are described in a PDF document (link here).  New pages with the updated tests for the Judges and Instructors books will be available for purchase in "Updates" in the Diagram Books page.  All riders, judges, and instructors book owners notified.  All books correct after 3-2-2017