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o0hawaiigirl0o
Jan. 25, 2011, 08:35 PM
Just a quick question!
Is there an online resource where I can find diagrams of the new dressage tests? As someone who rides the figures instead of letters, I'd like to start studying and putting the new tests into my regular training rides. My brain comprehends figures much better than just words. =P
Thanks!

edit;; whoops, title was supposed to read "2011 test diagrams." I pressed send too quickly!

jn4jenny
Jan. 25, 2011, 08:59 PM
Yes, it's called the Whinny Widget and you can buy it. ;) http://www.whinnywidgets.com/dressagetestbooks.aspx

Or if you have an iPod Touch or iPhone, there's a series of Equitest apps for USDF Intro, USEF, and FEI dressage tests that not only show the diagrams but animate them too:
http://www.equiapps.com/usdf-equitests/

NJRider
Jan. 25, 2011, 09:19 PM
http://www.dressage.net.au/natestdia.html#usefdiagrams

o0hawaiigirl0o
Jan. 26, 2011, 08:31 PM
Thank you. :) I really don't want to buy a book that will be revised in a few years... but I guess I have no choice since this is what it says on that website that NJRider gave me:
"We have been providing free Test diagrams and caller sheets but
there has been a change of USEF policy !

The USEF ( Scott Carling / Marketing) says going forward they aren’t going
to license the 2011 USEF dressage tests for non-commercial purposes,
which means no more free educational diagrams & caller sheets
( unless a kind sponsor would like to pay them the $1,000 per year they require.)"

Bah humbug.

BetterOffRed
Jan. 26, 2011, 10:28 PM
The tests change every 4 years. I bought the Winny Widgets trainers book with all the tests. Based on how much I've used the book since I received it in December of 2010, it has already paid for itself. As I get closer to the show, it will be like my bible.

CHT
Jan. 26, 2011, 10:48 PM
Is there a Canadian version? I was trying to order the WinnyWidgets but I couldn't get the order form to work for Canada.

GallantGesture
Jan. 26, 2011, 11:26 PM
You could always print out a page of blank arenas and make your own diagrams. Then you can use colors and symbols that make sense to you. I always do this when I am memorizing a new test, and drawing it out helps me to visualize it and remember it, then I hang up my diagrams where I will see them frequently (one is currently hanging on the wall right next to my monitor!).

Since I learn better from diagrams than from trying to memorize the letters, I also got a little white board at Target and wrote the arena letters around the frame of the board, then I can practice drawing out the test again and again, until I can do it from memory.

oldernewbie
Jan. 27, 2011, 08:15 AM
You can also take a look at

www.thedigitalhorse.com

I like their diagrams and the tests are $5 each. Their customer service is good as well.