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Fourth Level Dressage

Fourth level dressage sees the addition of the walking half pirouette, canter quarter pirouette and multiple flying lead changes every 3-4 strides. By the time horse and rider reach fourth level, they should exhibit a high level of impulsion, suppleness, throughness, lightness and be on the bit. The horse's transitions should be smooth and precise. Movements should be straight and show cadence and energy. This level is also used to determine that the horse has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of competence for the Third Level movements.

Fourth Level is comprised of 3 tests. The Musical Freestyle is also performed at this level. These tests include walk, trot and canter work. Multiple flying lead changes and half and quarter pirouettes are also added at this level. Each fourth level test is shown below next to its corresponding video clip.

Fourth Level Dressage Required Movements:

Trot - Medium, Extended & Collected, Half Pass, Shoulder In
Walk - Extended and Collected, 1/2 Pirouette
Canter - Medium, Extended & Collected, 1/4 Pirouette, Half Pass & Multiple Flying Lead Changes Every 3-4 Strides
Halts - collected canter to halt

Freestyle Requirements - maximum of 5 minutes in length -
Total of 240 points (120 pts each for technical & artistic marks)

Walk - 20m minimum continuous collected
Walk - 20m minimum continuous extended
Trot Half Pass - must be performed on each rein
Extended Trot
Shoulder-In - must be performed on each rein
Canter Half Pass - must be performed on each rein
Extended Canter
Flying Change of Lead - Every Third Stride
Canter Half Pirouette - must be performed on each rein

Fourth Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

(These tests are based on the 2015 USEF Dressage Tests.)

Video Clips
Fourth Level Tests

Fourth Level Dressage - Test 1


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Fourth Level Dressage - Test 1

1
A - Enter Collected Canter
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Left
HXF - Change rein, Medium Trot, over X, 6-7 Strides of Collected Trot
F - Collected Trot
3
K-X - Half Pass Right
4

X - Circle Right 10m

5
X-G - Shoulder In Right
C - Track Right
6
MXK - Change rein, Extended Trot
K -
Collected Trot
7
Transitions at M & K
8
F-X - Half Pass Left
9
X - Circle Left 10m
10
X-G - Shoulder In Left
C - Track Left
11

H - Collected Walk
S - R - Half Circle 20m in Extended Walk
R - Collected Walk

12

M - Turn Left
Between G & H - Half pirouette left
Proceed collected walk

13

Between G & M -Half Pirouette Right
Proceed Collected Walk

14
(Collected Walk)
HS/RMG(H)G
15

G - Collected Canter Left Lead
H - Turn Left

16
S -K - Medium Canter
K - Collected Canter
17
A - Down centerline
D - E - Half pass left
18
E - H - Counter Canter
H - Flying Change of Lead
19
M - F - Extended Canter
F - Collected Canter
20
(Transitions M & F)
21
A - Down centerline
D - B - Half Pass Right
22
B - M - Counter Canter
M - Flying Change of Lead
23
C - Circle left 20m, 5-6 strides of very collected canter between quarterlines
24
H-X-F - Change rein, three single flying changes of lead, near first quarterline, near X and near last quarterline
25
A - Down Centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Fourth Level Dressage - Test 2


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Fourth Level Dressage - Test 2

1
A - Enter Collected Canter
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Right
M - B - Shoulder In Right
3
B - K - Change rein, Medium Trot
K - Collected Trot
4
A - Down Centerline
D - E - Half Pass Left
5
E - G - Half Pass Right
C - Track Left
6
H - E - Shoulder In Left
7
E - F - Change rein, Medium Trot
F - Collected Trot
8
A - Collected Walk
K - R - Change rein, Extended Walk
9

R - Collected Walk
M - Turn Left
Between G & H - Half Pirouette Left
Proceed Collected Walk

10

Between G & M - Half Pirouette Right
Proceed Collected Walk
H - Turn Right

11
(Collected Walk)
AK/RMG(H)G(M)GHC
12
C - Collected Canter Right Lead
13
M - F - Medium Canter
F - Collected Canter
14

A - Down Centerline
D - B - Half Pass Right

15
B - Flying change of lead
16
B - G - Half Pass Left
C - Track Left
17

H - X - On diagonal develop very collected canter
Approaching X - Working Pirouette Left toward the letter M
Toward M - Proceed Collected Canter

18

H - K - Extended Canter
K - Collected Canter

19
F - X - H - Change rein, three flying changes every fourth stride
20
M - X - On Diagonal develop very collected canter
Approaching X - Working pirouette right toward the letter H
Toward H - Proceed collected canter
21
M - Collected Trot
22
R - K - Change rein, extended trot
K - Collected Trot
23
A - Down centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Fourth Level Dressage - Test 3


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Fourth Level Dressage - Test 3

1
A - Enter Collected Canter
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Left
H-X-F - Change rein, Extended Trot
F - Collected Trot

3

(Transitions H & F)

4

A - Down centerline
D - X - Shoulder-in Right

5
X - M - Half pass right
6
C - Halt, right back 4 steps, walk forward 4 steps. rein back 4 steps
Proceed collected trot
7
S - V - Medium Trot
V - Collected Trot
8
A - Down centerline
D - X - Shoulder-in Left

9

X - H - Half Pass Left

10

C - Collected Walk
R - S - Half circle 20m in extended walk
S - Collected walk

11

(Collected Walk)
C-R/S-C

12

C - Collected Canter right lead

13

R - I - Half circle right 10m
I - S - Half circle left 10m

14
E - Flying change of lead
15
V - L - Half circle left 10m
L - P - Half circle right 10m
16
F - Flying Change of Lead
17

K - X - M - Change rein Medium Canter
M - Collected canter and flying change of lead

18

H - X - F - Change rein, three flying change every fourth stride

19
K - X - Half Pass right
20
X - Flying Change of Lead
21

X - H - Half Pass Left

22

H - Flying Change of Lead

23

M - X - On diagonal, develop very collected canter
Before X - Working Half-Pirouette Right approximately 3m in diameter
Proceed Collected Canter

24

Before M - Flying Change of Lead

25

H - K - Extended Canter
K - Collected Canter

https://youtu.be/e9MjNNCG1rk26
(Transitions H & K)
27
F - X - On diagonal, develop very collected canter
Before X - Working Half-Pirouette Left approximately 3m in diameter
Proceed collected canter
28
Before F - Flying Change of Lead
29
K - X - M - Change rein, three flying changes every third stride
30
C - Collected Trot
31
S - Turn Left
I - Turn Left
G - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Fourth Level Dressage - Musical Freestyle


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