Grand Prix Level Dressage

Grand Prix Level dressage is the highest level of dressage. This level is governed by the FEI and tests the horse and rider to the highest standards. As with the previous levels of dressage, the horse and rider are judged on correct execution of movements, the willingness of the horse and the effectiveness of the rider’s aids. This level also consists of 3 standard tests: the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and the Musical Freestyle. The Grand Prix Special is similar to the standard Grand Prix test; however, special attention is paid to the transitions executed throughout the test.

The Grand Prix level dressage test video clips are shown below to illustrate the required movements and musical freestyle at this level.

Required movements for Grand Prix level dressage include:

Trot Medium, Extended & CollectedHalf Pass
Walk – Extended and Collected
Canter – Medium, Extended & Collected, Zig Zag Half Pass & Multiple Flying Lead Changes Every 1-2 Strides, Pirouettes
Piaffe
Passage
Halts – Collected Canter to Halt & Passage to Halt – immobility

Grand Prix Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

(These tests are based on the 2000 edition FEI Dressage Test – updated 10/29/07)

Video Clips
Grand Prix Level Test

Grand Prix Special Level Dressage – Clip 1

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Grand Prix Level Dressage – Clip 2

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Grand Prix Level Dressage – Musical Freestyle 1

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Grand Prix Level Dressage – Musical Freestyle 2

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1
A – Enter Collected Canter
X – Halt – Immobility – Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C – Track Right
MXK – Change Rein in Extended Trot
KAF – Collected Trot
3

FE – Half Pass to the Left

4

EM – Half Pass to the Right
MCH – Collected Trot

5
HP – Extended Trot
6
PFD – Passage
7
D – Piaffe 12-15 steps
8
D – Proceed in Passage
Tranditions Passage – Piaffe – Passage
9
DKV – Passage
10
VM – Extended Walk
11
MCH – Collected Walk
12
H – Proceed in Passage
Transitions from Collected Walk to Passage
13

HSI – Passage

14
I – Piaffe 12 to 15 steps
15
I – Proceed in Passage
Transitions passage – piaffe – passage
16
IRB – Passage
17
BFA – Collected Canter
18
A – Down Center Line
Between D&G – 5 Half Passes to either side of center line with glying change of leg at each change of direction, the first half pass to the right and the last to the right of 3 strides, the others of 6 strides.
G – Flying Change of Leg
C – Track to the Left
19
HXF – Change of Rein in Extended Canter
20
F – Collected Canter and Flying Change of Leg
FAK – Collected Canter
21
KXM – On the Diagonal Flying Changes of Leg Every Second Stride
MCH – Collected Canter
22

HXF – On the Diagonal 15 Flying Changes of Leg Every Stride
FA  Collected Canter

23
A – Down Center Line
L – Pirouette to the Right
24
X – Flying Change of Leg
25
I – Pirouette to the Left 
C – 
Track to the Left
26
H – Transition to Collected Trot
HS – Collected trot
27
SF – Change Rein in Extended Trot
FA – Collected Trot
28
A – Down Center Line
DX – Passage
29
X – Piaffe 12 to 15 Strides
30
X – Proceed in Passage
Transitions Passage – Piaffe – Passage
31
XG – Passage
32
G – Halt – Immobility – Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Grand Prix Level Dressage – Musical Freestyle 3

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