Are riding crops or whips allowed for Intro A tests? I'm a hunter/jumper convert, where crops are carried with practically every horse. I use small spurs for finesse but need a little reinforcement to keep the pony from having a "mare moment" during the test.
Generally, one doesn't see crops (I'm an ex-hunter rider too, so by "crop" I envision a jumping bat.). Dressage whips are allowed. Here's the PDF link to clarify for you. It also covers attire, and other things you might not be familiar with yet. Welcome to dressage I hope you have a wonderful show experience! http://www.usef.org/documents/FormsP...entBooklet.pdf
FYI, the legal max length is 120 cm, including the flicker.
I have purchased whips advertised as 120 cm, only to measure them & find out it is really too long, unless I cut off the flicker. My own fault, I know. Both were cheap, so it wasn't too terrible a loss. the 120 cm from Horze was one of these.