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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 2011 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 - Medium Trot, over X, 6-7 Strides of Collected Trot
F - K Collected Trot
3
K-X - Half Pass Right
4

X - Circle Right 10m

5
X-G - Shoulder In Right
C - Track Right
6
MXK - Extended Trot
K-F -
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 - Turn Left
11
S - Collected Walk
S - R - Half Circle 20m in Collected Walk
12
R - S - Half Circle 20m in Extended Walk
13

S - E - Collected Walk
E - Half Pirouette Left, Proceed Collected Walk

14
S - Half Pirouette Right, Proceed Collected Walk
S - E - Collected Walk
15
E - Collected Canter Left Lead
16
A - Down Centerline
D - E - Half Pass Left
17
E - C - Counter Canter
C - Flying Change of Lead
18
M - F - Medium Canter
F - A - Collected Canter
19
A - Down Centerline
D - B - Half Pass Right
20
B - C - Counter Canter
C - Flying Change of Lead
21
C - Circle left 20m, 5-6 strides of very collected canter between quarterlines
22
H - K - Extended Canter
K - A - Collected Canter
23
Transitions at H & K
24
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 - Medium Trot
K - A - 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 - Medium Trot
F - A - Collected Trot
8
A - Collected Walk
KXH - Extended Walk
9

H - Collected Walk
C - Half Pirouette Right, Proceed Collected Walk

10
H - Half Pirouette Left, Proceed Collected Walk
11
Collected Walk HCHC
12
C - Collected Canter Right Lead
13
M - F - Medium Canter
F - K - Collected Canter
14

K - X - On Diagonal
Develop very collected canter
Near X - Working Half Pirouette Right Approximately 3m Diameter, Proceed Collected Canter

15
Before K - Flying Change of Lead
16
F - M - Extended Canter
M - H - Collected Canter
17
Transitions at F & M
18

H - X - On diagonal
Near X - Develop very collected canter, Working Half Pirouette Left Approximately 3m Diameter.
Proceed Collected Canter

19
Before H - Flying Change of Lead
20
MXK - Three single glying changes of lead, the first change near first quarterline, second near X, and thied change near last quarterline
21
A - Collected Trot
22
FXH - Extended Trot
H - R - Collected Trot
23
Transitions at F & R
24
R - Turn Right
I - Turn Right
G -
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
HXF - Medium Trot
F - K - Collected Trot

3

K - X - Half Pass Right

4

X - Circle Left 8m

5
X - G - Shoulder In Left
C - Track Right
6
MXK - Extended Trot
K - F -
Collected Trot
7
Transitions at M & K
8
F - X - Half Pass Left

9

X - Circle Right 8m

10

X - G - Shoulder In Right
C - Track Right

11

M - Collected Walk
R-K - Extended Walk
K - Collected Walk

12

K - A - Collected Walk
A - Halt, reinback 4 steps, proceed collected canter left lead

13

F - M - Medium Canter
M - S - Collected Canter

14
S - P - On diagonal, develop very collected canter
15
Before P - Working Half-Pirouette Left Approximately 3m in diameter
Return to track at S
16
S - H - Counter Canter
H - Flying Change of Lead
17
MXK - Extended Canter
18

K - Collected Canter and Flying Change of Lead

19
A - Down Centerline
D - E - Half Pass Left
20
E - Flying Change of Lead
21

E - G - Half Pass Right
C - Track Right

22

R - V - On Diagonal, Develop Very Collected Canter

23

Before V - Working Half-Pirouette Left Approximately 3m in diameter
Return to track at R

24

R - M - Counter Canter
M - Flying Change of Lead

25

HXF - Three Flying Changes Every Fourth Stride

26
A - Down Centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Fourth Level Dressage - Musical Freestyle


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