Oak Brooke’s Third Annual Dressage Show
Running: Now - 15th May 2016
Event Type: Dressage
Class/Classes: Beginner, Intermediate and Grand Prix Dressage, Au Natural, PDD, Fancy dress and In-hand dressage
This show is sanctioned by:
(If you would like any other sanctions please comment)
1. Participants may enter 3 horses per class at the maximum
2. All Classes, if not specified, require traditional dressage attire (black jacket, black boots, white jodhpurs,white shirt, top hat or black hat)
3. Extra images are not mandatory but always lovely to see and count towards the Grand Champion title
4. Realistic and fantasy Breeds allowed, powers may be used but will not gain any advantage
5. Points will be deducted for not following class rules
8. Horse name, Rider name and stable name along with links to any extras must be included in the description of your entry picture
9. Horses must be over 3 for classes 1, 5, 6 and 7 and over 5 for the rest.
10. Previous experience required the class must be linked in the entry's description or points will be lost
11. Ear nets are permitted in EVERY CLASS for spooky horses as they will be able to hear the sea and it is a bit windy!
Theme is something that I have not incorporated into my shows before but I feel it is important this year with the change in location.
The theme is MUSIC. This is because this region of Scotland is well known for it's music and I would love to see all of your entries themed to a specific piece of music of YOUR choosing. I will listen to each piece of music chosen when I judge your entry. Please link your track in the description
The only small restriction I am placing is that the tracks must be less than 10 minutes. If it is a specific part of a track you want me to listen to, please mark this in the description.
Location and Weather
This year, we are changing things up a bit, so the show is NOT hosted in an indoor arena but within one of the best landscapes of Scotland, so let your creative juices flow! This show will take place in a field overlooking the Duncansby Stacks. These can be Googled and you should get pictures from most angles! Here are some for inspiration;
The morning starts out quite misty and dark after the crisp night before. As it gets later into the morning, the mist dissipates leaving dark clouds but the sun shines through offering wonderful contrast. There are a couple of brief showers before the clouds move on, leaving a beautiful afternoon, just a certain crisp-ness to the air, and although sunny may still feel cold to the non-native, and a brisk wind will be blowing most of the day. The sunset is a beautiful mix of oranges and pinks, leading swiftly into a dark night, with many bright stars, and the last participants might even see a display of the Northern lights.
There is a grass arena, set back from the cliff face. The grass inside the 20x60m arena has been cut shorter than the surrounding grass which is longer wildgrasses. The panelling is simple, and each base is weighted like this;
Behind the panelling are the letters like in this picture so the letters are visible through the grass;
In the first class, when it is misty and in the latter classes where it is getting dark, there will be lanterns on each of the bases, where the fencing slots into. The lanterns look like this, and will emit a warm tone but are LED and therefore bright enough to illuminate the arena;
How to Make Your Entry Stand Out
I know how hard it is to be original with dressage entries, and it is because of this I wanted to include this section so you know what I am going to be specifically judging.
- How your music fits your entry. Got a big excited piece of music? Try some extensions or big powerful moves to go with it! This extends to the use of colour as well within your piece. Even though I have laid out weather for the day, this does not mean you do not have some creative licence to change it a little to fit your theme! For example maybe you have a really creepy or mystical song and you want the mist but you're in one of the last classes? Go for it!
- Colour, and tying your horse into it's surroundings. The reason I gave you a 'big' location was so the horse doesn't need to necessarily be right in your face and take up the whole canvas; why not try placing him in the distance a little or take it as a view from the stacks, showing the cliff-face and your horse performing more in the background? I'm not going to deduct points for a bit less detail on the horse and rider if the whole piece ties in together like that
- Cohesive style is something that is also nice to see. I'm not going to be nit-picking at anatomy if I can see you have a clearly developed style that works for you.
- Stories. You don't have to be a great story writer to set the scene, tell us how your horse behaved and how your rider was feeling and what was the atmosphere like? They also give you more marks!
Class One - Preliminary Dressage
-Horse do not need any prior dressage experience
-No double bridles or spurs
-Polo wraps permitted
-Walk and trot test, minimal extension of gait, no collection
Class Two - Medium Dressage
-Horses must have participated in at least 1 dressage class or have 2 dressage training pictures
-Double Bridles Permitted, no spurs
-No Polo Wraps
-Walk, trot, canter with extensions and collections of each gait along with leg yielding, half pass, shoulder in and shoulder out
Class Three - Grand Prix Dressage
- Horses must have participated in at least 3 dressage classes and placed 4th or above in at least one or have placed 1st in a dressage class and 3 dressage training pictures
-Double Bridles and spurs permitted
-No Polo Wraps
-All moves up to Olympic Level permitted
Class Four - Au Natural
-No saddles or bridles permitted,although neck ropes are permitted for safety reasons
-Rider may wear casual attire but must wear a safety hat (not a top hat)
-Walk, Trot, Canter an minimal extensions and collections allowed
- No Spurs
Class Five - Pas de Deux
-Double Bridles and Spurs allowed
-Any level of test may be performed, right up to Olympic level
-No prior dressage experience required
-Tack and rider attire may be informal (ie coloured tack and fancy dress)
Class Six- In-hand Dressage
-Rider can either dress formally or casually, this is judged in your communication with the horse and their movement
-Double bridles permitted, double reins encouraged for more advanced moves
- No polo wraps
Class Seven - Musical Ride with a Difference!
-This class requires a team of 3 or more horses, with riders being placed individually and then additional prizes for the top 3 teams!
-Teams will be formed on the day of the competition and given the test an hour before the class to practice, so the judges aren't looking for perfection
-Costumes supplied! Decide within your team what theme you would like to do! (There are some examples below)
-I will make a comment thread for you to reply to if you are looking for team mates, only 2 horses from one stables permitted, so team up!
-As this is individually judged, collaborative efforts will all be given a joint placing
-Double bridles permitted, horse décor encouraged!
-No previous dressage experience required!
-Exclusive stock pack of 40 dressage photos
-Exclusive stock pack of 30 dressage photos
Judge's Choice- Traditional
Judge's Choice - Digital
1st Place in each Class
-1st Place Ribbon
2nd Place in each Class
-2nd Place Ribbon
3rd Place in each Class
-Exclusive stock pack of 10 dressage photos
-3rd Place Ribbon
Prize donations greatly appreciated!
Enjoy! Any questions, just ask!