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Dressage Seat Equitation?

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  • Dressage Seat Equitation?

    Has anyone on here done this as a class? Judged it? Or have a link to a good video of some classes? It's something I'm interested in trying, and is theoretically offered at my GMO's schooling shows, but I've never actually seen it happen. The rulebook was a little vague on what would be expected, as it mostly seems up to the judge from what I can tell.

    Mare and I are mostly hunter/equitation and do Training/1st on the side. We're kind of maxed out where we are, as she really doesn't have the build to sit and collect to successfully move up to 2nd. We did a Freestyle this year, so I'm looking for something else to try this year to keep it interesting It sounds like requirements for the class are around the level we're riding at, so we should be good, if we're competent at 1st, correct?
    A Year In the Saddle

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    Subbing as I am thinking about showing in this class this year. The recent Dressage Extensions magazine had a brief blurb promoting this class, and they have added a national championship class as well.
    RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
    2009 Sugarbush Draft mare
    Western Dressage
    Draft Mare blog

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      I've done it and it was super fun! My one gelding is sort of "not quite second level" and not a superior mover, and I was tired of showing first level, so I thought it would be fun to use the award as a goal; and I have a new horse who is actually an upper level horse but I wanted to get out and show a bit without the pressure of a test, so I used the DSE classes.

      I don't recall exactly how many classes I have done - maybe 6? Enough to get the award.

      Every class was different and I have never had anyone else ride in the class with me. The judge can ask you to do TR and 1st level movements. They can actually have you ride without stirrups though no one has ever asked me to do that.

      The judge stands in the arena with you and tells you what to do, then gives you feedback and the score. One judge actually ended up giving me a bit of a lesson (I was the last class of the day) which was odd but fun. The challenging part is you have to be comfortable doing whatever they ask in the moment. And like I said, each one was very different. If you PM me I can share some video if that's helpful.

      I was thinking of doing it again this year as something fun to think about for the regionals.

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        Thanks, exploding pony! I'll PM you for video, I've come across a few on YouTube, but not all of them have been easy to hear what's going on.

        I'm pretty comfortable with doing what I'm told to, since I'm used to doing eq on the flat, just in hunt seat. But there you have a set list of tests the judges can choose from (including no stirrups, so I'm fine with that), and basically know what to expect.

        What award? I haven't seen it on the prizelist at any of the recognized shows in the area, just as a schooling show option. I have our GMO awards dinner this weekend, maybe I should do a little in-person lobbying for the addition of it to the recognized shows, too.
        A Year In the Saddle

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          https://www.usdf.org/competitions/co...ogramRules.pdf
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            I did a few this summer and absolutely loved it. It basically ended up feeling like a mini-clinic, since they were usually only a few riders in there, and you get immediate feedback from the judge at the end. Has a more relaxed feel, like a hunter flat class. Lots of fun, and you can earn lapel pins/awards.
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              Originally posted by SarahandSam View Post
              I did a few this summer and absolutely loved it. It basically ended up feeling like a mini-clinic, since they were usually only a few riders in there, and you get immediate feedback from the judge at the end. Has a more relaxed feel, like a hunter flat class. Lots of fun, and you can earn lapel pins/awards.
              Is there a list somewhere of what the rewards are and how to earn them? You are the second poster to mention this, and I am interested in more info. I plan to do this class at the USDF shows I go to this year, partially as a warm-up and partially to get the judge feedback.
              RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
              2009 Sugarbush Draft mare
              Western Dressage
              Draft Mare blog

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                All accounts seem very positive, and it really seems to vary by judge, based on what I've seen from videos. I'm not-so-patiently waiting on the spring show schedule to go up so I can set a date to try it out

                Is this the USDF awards program you're all talking about?
                https://www.usdf.org/awards/performa...er%20Award.pdf

                Definitely looks like something to aim for If I can find it at recognized shows, anyway. I haven't seen it on any of the licensed show prizelists around here, just as an option at our GMO's schooling shows. Though I did speak to one of our GMO folks this weekend at our awards dinner, and told her I wanted to try it out this year. I'm hoping that leads to it showing up in the recognized prizelists too! Maybe I can convince my eq trainer to send a whole group of us to do it at a few shows, she's made threats of sending a few of the juniors along with me to dressage stuff before.
                A Year In the Saddle

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                  Originally posted by JenEM View Post
                  All accounts seem very positive, and it really seems to vary by judge, based on what I've seen from videos. I'm not-so-patiently waiting on the spring show schedule to go up so I can set a date to try it out

                  Is this the USDF awards program you're all talking about?
                  https://www.usdf.org/awards/performa...er%20Award.pdf

                  Definitely looks like something to aim for If I can find it at recognized shows, anyway. I haven't seen it on any of the licensed show prizelists around here, just as an option at our GMO's schooling shows. Though I did speak to one of our GMO folks this weekend at our awards dinner, and told her I wanted to try it out this year. I'm hoping that leads to it showing up in the recognized prizelists too! Maybe I can convince my eq trainer to send a whole group of us to do it at a few shows, she's made threats of sending a few of the juniors along with me to dressage stuff before.
                  Thanks for digging that up!

                  I am lucky that the USDF shows near me offer this class. I am getting excited to give this class a try!
                  RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
                  2009 Sugarbush Draft mare
                  Western Dressage
                  Draft Mare blog

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                  • #10
                    JenEM dressage seat equitation starts at about the 23 minute mark on this video from this last weekend at Del Mar: https://www.facebook.com/adequanwest...5199326276012/

                    Maybe it's because she was the only one in the arena, but they asked way more than what I have seen asked of any other dressage seat equitation class. Gives me some ideas on what to work on though! She and her pony were very cute (though it sounds that based upon who her grandfather is they should both be well trained).
                    RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
                    2009 Sugarbush Draft mare
                    Western Dressage
                    Draft Mare blog

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                    • #11
                      In my region (USDF 6), the class is offered at most rated shows and some schooling shows. Entries seem to almost exclusively be Juniors around here, and a number of Juniors that I personally know or know of have used it as a path to qualifying for and attending Dressage Seat Equitation Medal Finals. Most who have attended finals have ended up borrowing a horse to ride, but a few have taken their own horses.
                      https://www.usef.org/compete/discipl...eat-equitation

                      Here is a link to the official scoresheet which lists the tests:
                      https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/6Que...-score-sheet--

                      It does seem that it can be a fun change of pace when there is a group - also fun to see things like changes of direction across the diagonal or down the centerline and using the markers as part of the calls.

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                      • #12
                        I judged our county 4H dressage at the state fair one year and they had a HUGE dressage seat equitation class. We held it in the main indoor arena. I had to have them ride for me 15 at first, and then they would go to the middle and the next 15 would ride. It was incredibly hard to winnow the field down to the final 8 (placings to 8) but I managed. I found it a really cool class, especially for 4H kids - many of whom were showing at the USDF level at the same time. I wish more shows would offer it for jr's and AA's.

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