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BDCTA Schooling Show Information

BDCTA follows USEF/USDF/USEA rules for all schooling shows.

Our shows are held as a fun, learning opportunity to both introduce people and horses to dressage and prepare riders for recognized shows.

Western Dressage is recognized by the Western Dressage Association of America


Gaited Dressage: General information about gaited dressage can be found at the National Walking Horse Association. We will be following the NWHA rules. Other useful information on what to look for in different gaits can be found at Gaited Horses.

Prix Caprilli: Prix Caprilli is dressage with an introduction to jumping! The different levels can include two cross rails or verticals.


For descriptions of the different volunteer positions needed to help make our show a success, please click here (link to pdf). If you can help with any of these jobs, even for a few minutes please let us know!


For those that have not shown in a while, or if this is your first Dressage Show, take a look at the Dressage Protocol from the USDF for some great information. Other useful links are Riding your first Dressage test from the Indiana 4H and Pony Project and Show Etiquette from PVDA (PVDA has lots of other great resources too!).

REFUNDS: No refunds can be made past the closing date. However, we will credit your show fees towards another BDCTA sanctioned event in the same calendar year.


FIRST AID: Paramedics are on the grounds and an ambulance will be on call at BDCTA shows.


NON-COMPETING HORSES: Will be permitted on show premises. Please inform the receiving secretary & provide a $15 fee and a copy of a negative Coggins test for each non-competing horse.


AWARDS: Ribbons will be awarded for Places 1-6 in each class. Champion and Reserve Champion for each level will be awarded at the discretion of the management.

CONCESSIONS: concessions are generally available at our shows, please check the prize list for specific information.


ATTIRE: No coats required. Braiding optional. Tack and apparel should meet USEF guidelines, with accommodations for western & gaited participants detailed on their websites. All horses should be flat shod, no pads except therapeutic allowed. No boots allowed (including bell boots).


HELMETS: BDCTA follows USDF/USEA/USEF rules for helmet use. ASTM/SEI approved helmets are required for all riders at all times, except for those individuals riding a horse only at the FEI levels in dressage. Western riders will follow the USEF/WDAA rules which state that Western headgear may be worn, but riders are not penalized for wearing helmets. An approved helmet is required for all riders when jumping. Medical armbands & safety vests are strongly encouraged when jumping. (click here for medical arm band form). Vests are required when jumping cross country fences.


VOLUNTEER: BDCTA shows are run by volunteers for our members and competitors. As you know it takes a lot to put on a great show. If you, a friend, or a member of your group can spare a few hours to help, please let us know. BDCTA members can earn ‘BDCTA Bucks’ & must earn a minimum number of hours to qualify for year-end awards.


MISCELLANEOUS: No dogs, please. The show will be conducted following USEF/USDF/USEA rules, with NWHA & WDAA rules for the gaited & western divisions. 

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