Light Hands Dressage

Every month there are online dressage and working equitation competitions. For Working Equitation details, please visit here. For dressage, please continue reading... 

The Light Hands Dressage monthly online tests are for people who are interested in the art of dressage and good horsemanship. These online competitions can provide you with the option of joining with others who don’t wish to be forced into riding in a way they do not really like or enjoy. It will provide a platform of training and competition where you can ride in whatever saddle you like and even ride in a halter if you wish.

Competing in an online dressage event is easy and fun to do. There is no travelling, no stress, no riding in public and a whole month to get your test ridden, videoed and submitted. We have an ever growing variety of classes from which to choose from.

Light Hands World Dressage Championships: Each month we will also be hosting the Monthly World Light Hands Dressage Championships. In order to be eligible to represent your country:

  • There must be a minimum of three riders entered from your country that month
  • You can ride any of the Light Hands Equitation dressage tests 
  • When both of these criteria are met, you will automatically be representing your country in that months Light Hands Equitation World Dressage Championships. Winners of the Light Hands Equitation World Dressage Championships will be announced online. This is a wonderful way to represent your country and improve your horsemanship.
  • Each month, once there is a minimum of 3 riders, all test scores from each country are added together, and an average score is got for each country based on that months entries. We will publish the Light Hands Equitation World Dressage Championship leaderboard on this page each month. 

What we are looking for: Light Hands Dressage is where good horsemanship comes first and responsive, confident and happy horses are our first priority, thereby providing a relaxed and fun range of activities for you to participate in, through the art of dressage with the lightest contact on the reins and soft and supple horses. This will be a place where relaxation and softness in the movements will be judged higher than extravagant movements with tension.

How do I enter? Entering your online dressage test is easy. All you need is: 

  • A digital camera, iPhone or Android phone to video your test. If filming on a smartphone, hold the device in the landscape orientation. Zooming - please include some zoom when the rider is at the A end of the arena
  • Access to a computer
  • A level area to ride which is 20m x 40m and clearly marked with dressage letters. 
  • Choose the test you'd like to ride
  • Someone to video your test. Please ask them to stand at 'C' where a judge would normally be located. 

 

Payment: You can pay via Dash or paypal. Get your free Dash wallet here. To get our Dash address please email us. 

What is the process to submit a video?

  • Record your video, upload your video to youtube and set it to 'unlisted'. 
  • Your video must be 1 take only. You can not record 2 or more shorter videos and edit them together. The test must be 1 full unedited recording. 
  • STANDARD FEEDBACK: For test sheet only feedback, it is $20 AUD.   Entry fees will not be refunded once an entry has been accepted. Click to pay for test sheet only feedback. 
  • VIDEO FEEDBACK: For test sheet feedback PLUS your private Steve Halfpenny video feedback, it is $67 AUD. You can complete the 'Dressage entry form' here. Entry fees will not be refunded once an entry has been accepted. For this option you will also get a video of Steve doing a video of him talking through how you can improve your dressage test results. Steve will record it over your dressage test video so you can see what he is talking about. Click to pay for test sheet PLUS video feedback. 
  • COMPLETE THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM: Fill out the form here
  • When is the closing date? The closing date for entries is the last day of each month. So for example in the May competition, you must submit your video between May 1 to May 31. Entries will be judged and the winners announced in June. 

Camera person instructions (very important):

  • Stand behind letter C, where the judge would normally be. 
  • Video in landscape mode only. Do not video in portrait mode. 
  • Video must clearly show both the horse AND the arena letters. Do not do closeups of the horse where the arena letters cannot be seen.
  • Your video must be 1 take only. You can not record 2 or more shorter videos and edit them together. The test must be 1 full unedited recording.
  • No other horses, people or obstacles should be in the arena while you record the test.
  • After your have recorded the video, please check to make sure the full test from start to finish has been recorded, before you upload the video to youtube. 

What test should I enter? It is important to note that these tests are designed in sequential order. We highly recommend that everyone begins with Walk Test 1, regardless of your riding experience, or your experience in other dressage competitions. 

How are the tests scored? When you read each test below, you will see that the great marks for every test is for soft feel. As guidance, any movement in any test, that does not include a soft feel is likely to score a maximum of 5 points. The development of soft feel is a critical part of these dressage tests and our goals in Light Hands Equitation. 

When are the results announced? The results will be announced the next month. We will email you a link to download your scores and any extra comments from Steve Halfpenny. Each ebtry will also receive a Light Hands Dressage certificate of achievement. Steve's decision will be final. 

What tack can I use? You can ride in whatever saddle you like, or bareback, and in any bridle, halter, hackamore or bridleless, as you choose. 

What tack can't I use/what can't I do? No martingales. No over-flexion (behind the vertical). No gadgets that mechanically encourage a horse to adopt a certain posture. 

What are the tests? You can submit a video of any one of the following tests. These tests begin with walk only tests, and progress onwards from there. 

Right click on the test you want to download the linked file or it will open in your browser.

Walk Test 1

Walk Test 2 

Walk Test 3

Walk Trot Test 1

Walk Trot Test 2

Walk Trot Test 3

Walk Trot Test 4

Walk Trot Test 5

Walk Trot Test 6

Walk Trot Test. 7

Walk Trot Canter Test 1

Walk Trot Canter Test 2

Walk Trot Canter Test 3

Arena: Download the arena map here

How many tests can I enter each month? You can enter a maximum of 1 of each test each month. 

How much does it cost? The cost to enter and represent your country in the Light Hands Dressage Monthly Championships is $20 per video submitted, or $67 for extra video feedback from Steve. 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS LIST:

April 2018 Individual World Championships

  1. Fiona Gordon & Lulu, UK
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland 

March 2018 Individual World Championships

  1. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland 

February 2018 Individual World Championships

  1. Patrick Farrell & mare, Ireland
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  3. Heidi Dawson & Syrian Cloud, UK
  4. Bev Watson & Chaos, UK

January 2018 Individual World Championships

  • 1. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany (Joint First)
  • 1. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland (Joint First)

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OVERALL DRESSAGE WINNERS 2017

Mary House, Australia - Most Improved Australian
Lorraine Jaunay, Australia - Most Inspiring Rider
Donna Baker, Australia - Best Two Ponies
Barb Bleicher, Australia - Best Young Horse
Sarah Swoboda, Ireland - Best German in Ireland
Patrick Farrell, Ireland - World Champion
Elaine Heney, Ireland - Best Transformation
Sophie Herrero, Ireland - Best Coloured Horse
Noreen Edmonds, Ireland - Happiest Rider
Maria O'Rourke, Ireland - Most Missed Rider
Mandy Monaghan, Ireland - Most Improved Confidence
Sabine Haepe, Germany - Most Improved Combination
Ilona Hoischen, Germany - Most Dedicated German Rider
Katrin Hermanns, Germany - Most Compassionate Rider
Claudia Tomsa, Germany - Most Improved Soft Feel
Antje Tomsa, Germany - Nicest Huge Horse
Christine König, Germany - Bravest Rider
Sarah Watson, UK - Best Friesian
Bev Walton, UK - Best Improved Responsiveness
Heidi Dawson, UK - Most Dedicated UK Rider
Abby Caldwell, UK - Best Western Rider

December 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Patrick Farrell & Tarn, Ireland
  2. Antje Tomsa & Lord, Germany
  3. Lorraine Jaunay & Cardo Diego, Australia
  4. Sarah Swoboda & Tashka, Ireland
  5. Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche, Germany
  6. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  7. Claudia Tomsa & Odette, Germany
  8. Aoife McDonald & Chief, Ireland
  9. Aoife McDonald & Banjo, Ireland
  10. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  11. Barb Bleicher & Santa, Australia
  12. Sophie Herrero & Degrevant, Ireland

December 2017 Team World Championships

1st: GERMANY

  • Sabine Haepe & Tom
  • Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche
  • Antje Tomsa & Lord
  • Claudia Tomsa & Odette

2nd: IRELAND

  • Sarah Swoboda & Tashka
  • Patrick Farrell & Tarn
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie 
  • Sophie Herrero & Degrevant
  • Aoife McDonald & Chief
  • Aoife McDonald & Banjo

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS LIST:

November 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Patrick Farrell & Tarn, Ireland
  2. Antje Tomsa & Lord, Germany
  3. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  4. Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche, Germany
  5. Sarah Swoboda & Tashka, Ireland
  6. Abby Caldwell & Angel (Reminics Story), UK
  7. Claudia Tomsa & Odette, Germany
  8. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  9. Fiona Gordon & Lulu, UK
  10. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  11. Noreen Edmonds & Buddy, Ireland
  12. Sophie Herrero & Degrevant, Ireland
  13. Barb Bleicher & Santa, Australia
  14. Barb Bleicher & SWS Desiree (Francie), Australia

November 2017 Team World Championships

1st: GERMANY

  • Sabine Haepe & Tom
  • Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche
  • Antje Tomsa & Lord
  • Claudia Tomsa & Odette


2nd: IRELAND

  • Sarah Swoboda & horse
  • Patrick Farrell & Tarn
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie 
  • Sophie Herrero & Degrevant
  • Noreen Edmonds & Buddy

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS LIST:

October 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche, Germany
  2. Patrick Farrell & Big Grey, Ireland
  3. Antje Tomsa & Lord, Germany
  4. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  5. Abby Caldwell & Angel (Reminics Story), UK
  6. Bev Walton & Chaos, UK
  7. Claudia Tomsa & Odette, Germany
  8. Sophie Herrero & Degrevant, Ireland
  9. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  10. Sarah Watson & Tsjitse AP, UK
  11. Bev Walton & Chaos, UK
  12. Heidi Dawson & Syrian Cloud, UK

October 2017 Team World Championships

1st: GERMANY

  • Sabine Haepe & Tom
  • Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche
  • Antje Tomsa & Lord
  • Claudia Tomsa & Odette

2nd: IRELAND

  • Sophie Herrero & Degrevant
  • Maria O'Rourke & Darcey, Shiraz
  • Patrick Farrell & Big Grey
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie 

3rd: UK

  • Bev Walton & Chaos
  • Sarah Watson & Tsjitse AP
  • Heidi Dawson & Syrian Cloud
  • Abby Caldwell & Angel (Reminics Story)

Sept 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Mary House & Cardo, Australia
  2. Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche, Germany
  3. Lorraine Jaunay & Serge, Australia
  4. Ilona Hoischen & Painted Chocolate, Germany
  5. Donna Baker & Remy, Australia
  6. Jodi Swalue & Harley, Australia
  7. Serena Middleton & Winchester, Australia
  8. (Joint 8th) Adele Tazzyman & Merlin, UK 
  9. (Joint 8th) Steph Gibson & Johnny, Australia
  10. Abby Caldwell & Angel (Reminics Story), UK
  11. Sophie Herrero & Degrevant, Ireland
  12. Sabine Haepe & Tom, Germany
  13. (Joint 13th) Barb Bleicher & Santa, Australia
  14. (Joint 13th) Sarah Firth & Precious, UK

Sept 2017 Team World Championships

1st: AUSTRALIA

  • Jodi Swalue & Harley
  • Mary House & Cardo
  • Steph Gibson & Johnny
  • Lorraine Jaunay & Serge
  • Pat Boucher & Tiki
  • Serena Middleton & Winchester
  • Donna Baker & Andi
  • Donna Baker & Remy
  • Barb Bleicher & Santa

2nd: GERMANY

  • Sabine Haepe & Tom
  • Ilona Hoischen & Painted Chocolate
  • Katrin Hermanns & Ferrero Roche
  • Claudia Tomsa & Odette
  • Antje Tomsa & Lord

3rd: IRELAND

  • Mandy Monaghan & Hamish
  • Sophie Herrero & Degrevant
  • Maria O'Rourke & Shiraz
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie

4th: UK

  • Sarah Firth & Precious
  • Libby Russell & Merlin
  • Abby Caldwell & Angel (Reminics Story)
  • Sarah Watson & Tsjitse AP
  • Heidi Dawson & Syrian Cloud
  • Kerry Jenkinson & Melody
  • Bev Walton & Chaos
  • Adele Tazzyman & Merlin

Aug 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Katrin Hermanns and Ferrero Roche, Germany
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  3. Abby Caldwell & Angel, UK
  4. Hugh McCann & Alhambra, Ireland
  5. Antje Tomsa & Lord, Germany
  6. Ilona Hoischen & Painted Chocolate, Germany
  7. Libby Russell & Billy, UK
  8. Patrick Farrell & Tarn, Ireland
  9. Claudia Tomsa & Odette, Germany
  10. Kerry Jenkinson & Melody, UK
  11. Barb Bleicher & Santa, Australia
  12. Mary Bray & MM Cut and Run (UK) and Sarah Watson & Tsjitse AP (UK).

Aug 2017 Team World Championships

1st: GERMANY

  • Katrin Hermanns and Ferrero Roche
  • Antje Tomsa & Lord
  • Ilona Hoischen & Painted Chocolate
  • Claudia Tomsa & Odette
  • Sabine Häpe & Tom
  • Christine König & Mabel

2nd: IRELAND

  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie
  • Hugh McCann & Alhambra
  • Patrick Farrell & Tarn
  • Sophie Herrero & Degri
  • Mandy Monaghan & Hamish
  • Eithne O'Connell & Connie
  • Eidin Burns & Arya

3rd: UK

  • Abby Caldwell & Angel
  • Libby Russell & Billy
  • Kerry Jenkinson & Melody
  • Mary Bray & MM Cut and Run 
  • Sarah Watson & Tsjitse AP
  • Kerin Williams & Rosie
  • Sharon Batchelor & pony
  • Sylvia & pony
  • Tricia Day & Megan
  • Ben Moxon & Iris
  • Claire Noller & Bon
  • Heidi Dawson & Billy
  • Heidi Dawson & Cloud
  • Libby Russell & Merlin
  • Rhian Thomas & Rigo

July 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Angela Pang and Phoenix (WW Liz Amazing Grace), UK
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  3. Sophie Herrero & Degri
  4. Mandy Monaghan & Hamish
  5. Elaine Heney & Matilda
  6. Olga Harrington & Sponge Bob

July 2017 Team World Championships

1st - IRELAND

  • Mandy Monaghan & Hamish
  • Elaine Heney & Matilda
  • Olga Harrington & Sponge Bob
  • Sophie Herrero & Degri
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie

June 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Maria O'Neill and Ferdie, Ireland
  2. Elaine Heney & Ozzie, Ireland
  3. Annika Rohrssen & Stan , Ireland
  4. Sophie Herrero & Degri, Ireland
  5. Noreen Edmonds & Buddy, Ireland
  6. Barb Bleicher & Santa, Australia
  7. Eileen Brophy & Nelson, Ireland

June 2017 Team World Championships

1st - IRELAND

  • Maria O'Neill & Ferdie
  • Sophie Herrero & Degri
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie
  • Eileen Brophy & Nelson
  • Noreen Edmonds & Buddy
  • Annika Rohrssen & Stan

May 2017 Individual World Championships

  1. Patrick Farrell and Tassie, Ireland
  2. Elaine Heney and Ozzie, Ireland
  3. Sophie Herrero and Degrevent, Ireland

May 2017 Team World Championships 

1st - IRELAND

  • Patrick Farrell & Tassie
  • Elaine Heney & Ozzie
  • Sophie Herrero & Degri

December 2018 Individual Championship

1st Australia

  • Heather Robertson & Arnie

February 2019 Individual Championship

1st Australia

  • Mandy Fowler & JJ

 

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