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Pump House Riding Club Dressage FAQ

Pump House Dressage FAQ

Here at Pump House Riding Club, we aim to make sure that all our events/competitions are as fun and enjoyable as possible and we go the extra mile to ensure that everyone can take part.

For some of our competitors they will be taking part in a dressage competition for the very first time and not be too sure what is to be expected.

With this in mind, we have put together a handy ‘guide’ that will try and answer some of the most common questions that we get asked regarding our Dressage competitions.

All of our Dressage competitions are run to British Dressage standards and rules and this is NOT a complete rule book but more of a F.A.Q guide.

Should you find that your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page.

How To Enter Online

To enter our dressage evenings, all you have to do is click on our ‘Pay Now’ button next to the date you want to partake on (found on our Schedule page) then select the test from the options available.  Once you have made your payment via PayPal you’ll be directed back to your entry form – just complete the form and hit ‘send’ and you’re all done – it’s that simple!  Once the times are available for your test you’ll be sent a text message letting you know what they are.

Pump House Riding Club Dressage Dates

Friday Evening Dressage from 5pm: 

All our Dressage dates can be found on our Schedule Page along with the tests that are taking place on that date and the facility to pay online via PayPal.

Dressage Entries

You can pay for your Dressage entry in the following ways:

Please make cheques payable to P.H.L.S and send entries to:
Miss Karen Condliffe,
The willows,
Jamage Road
Talke Pits

Or you can drop off entries at the livery yard:

Chance Hall Lane,
Scholar Green,
Stoke On Trent,

Or Pay via Paypal on our Schedule Page.

Pump House Dressage Entry Fee’s

Entry Fees are £12.00 per horse/rider.
Entries Close On The Monday Prior – Late Entries £15.00

Dressage Times

All dressage times will be posted on our Facebook page – please ensure that you ‘LIKE’ our page to be kept informed of when your time is.

Where To Go

Follow directions to Pump House Riding Club from our Contact Us Page.  On arrival, use the main entrance to the livery stables and immediately turn left around the back of the barns (signposted) where you can park your wagon/trailer safely away from the arena.

Pump House Riding Club Dress Code

Rider Dress Code

  • Riders should be dressed in smart attire for each of their dressage tests.
  • For Intro-Novice tests, jackets should be short and of dark colour. Tweed is acceptable.
  • Gloves should be worn unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Jodhpurs should be white, beige or cream in colour.
  • Boots should be black or brown and can be long or short – gaiters can be worn but should be the same leather as the boot.
  • Protective hats must be worn at all times and be of appropriate standard when mounted. This includes warm-up.
  • Whips are permitted – excessive use of the whip during your test will result in elimination. Excessive or inappropriate use of the whip at anytime may result in you being asked to leave the venue without a refund.
  • Spurs may be worn at all levels. They must be matching and cannot be upside down – Excessive use of spurs in strictly forbidden. (Comb spurs are NOT permitted – Rowel spurs MUST be able to rotate).

Horse/Pony Dress Code

  • Saddlecloths should be white, cream or a dark (conservative) colour.
  • Saddles should be GP or Dressage specific – bright coloured saddles are not permitted.
  • Bridles must be used to the conventionally accepted manner – Intro through to Novice tests does allow snaffles.
  • Bridles should not be decorated or have any additions added to them.
  • Neck straps can be used at all levels in dressage.
  • Breast plates are permitted.
  • Additional tack items such as martingales or side reins are NOT permitted.
  • Plaiting of your horse/pony is desirable but NOT compulsory.
  • All exercise boots must be removed before your dressage test (entering the arena).

Bits Acceptable For Dressage

Common Bits Used In Dressage That Are Acceptable Are:

  • Lose ring snaffle
  • Snaffle with jointed mouthpiece where middle piece should be rounded.
  • Eggbutt snaffle.
  • Eggbutt snaffle with cheeks.
  • Loose ring snaffle with cheeks.
  • Hanging cheek snaffle.
  • Straight bar snaffle.

If in doubt, please check on the British Dressage site for diagrams and explanations.

Warm Up Arena Guidelines

  •  Riders should pass ‘left to left’ when meeting another rider in the warm up arena.
  • Under no circumstances should you lung your horse/pony in the warm up area.
  • Do not halt or walk on the outside track in the warm up arena.
  • Basic arena etiquette should be used when in the warm up arena – anyone acting in an inappropriate manner will be asked to leave the area.

 General Guidelines

  •  All riders must declare their entry on arrival at Pump House Riding Club.
  • All vehicles must be parked in a courteous manner and in the designated area which will be clearly signposted.
  • NO vehicles should be taken into the livery area of Pump House Riding Club.
  • Callers are permitted in every class.
  • Riders should be ready to enter the arena at their stated time – anyone arriving late may not be able to partake.
  • Riders should wait for the judge to signal the start of their test – this will be in the form of a car horn, bell or whistle.
  • Anyone at Pump House Riding Club should remove and take home all their rubbish when they leave.

Making The Most Of Your Visit

At Pump House Riding Club, we understand that competitions can be nerve-wracking and we want to help you get the most enjoyment out of them. Our top tips for making the most of your Dressage Test are ….

Dressage Test FAO

  • Be Prepared: Make sure that you have all your kit ready and checked in advance, there is nothing worse than realising that you have forgotten something when you arrive to take part.
  • Timing: Ensure that you know where you are going (directions on how to get to us can be found on our website and how long it will take you. Aim to have plenty of time to arrive and warm up before your test starts. You can check what time your test is on our Facebook page in advance.
  • Dressage: One of the best things about Dressage is the fact that even if you go wrong, you can still do a great test – the judge marks each movement so don’t stress or give up. Keep going and most of all, enjoy yourself!