Third Level Dressage

Third level dressage adds the half pass and flying lead change elements to its tests. This level is used to determine the horse’s ability to perform the medium and extended paces required at second level. The transition to and from collected gaits is equally important at third level. Furthermore, the horse is judged on supplenessrhythm, throughness, impulsionstraightness and acceptance of the bit.

Third Level is comprised of 3 tests. The Musical Freestyle is also performed at this level. These tests include walktrot and canter work. The half pass and flying lead changes are also added at this level. Each third level test is shown below next to its corresponding video clip.

Third Level Dressage Required Movements:

Trot – Medium, Extended & Collected, Half PassShoulder In
Walk – Medium, Free and Shorten Stride, 1/2 Turn on Haunches
Canter – Medium & Collected, Counter-Canter & Flying Lead Changes
Halts – collected trot to halt
Rein back

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

Walk – 20m minimum continuous extended
Trot Half Pass
Extended Trot
Shoulder-In – must be performed on each rein
Canter Half Pass – must be performed on each rein
Counter Canter – must be performed on each rein
Flying Change of Lead – must be performed on each rein
Extended Canter

Third Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

(These tests are based on the 2011 USEF Dressage Tests.)

Video Clips
Third Level Tests

Third Level Dressage – Test 1


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Third Level Dressage – Test 1

1
A – Enter Collected trot
X – Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C – Track Left
S-V – Shoulder-In Left
3
V-L – Half Circle 10m
L-H – Half Pass Left
4

R-P – Shoulder-In Right

5
P-L – Half Circle 10m
L-M – Half Pass Right
6
HXF – Medium Trot
F – Collected Trot
7
A – Halt, Rein Back 4 Steps
Proceed Medium Walk
8

K-R – Change Rein, Extended Walk
R – Medium Walk

9
M – Turn Left
Between G&H – Shorten Stride, Half Turn on Haunches Left
Proceed Medium Walk
10
Between G&M – Shorten Stride, Half Turn on Haunches Right
Proceed Medium Walk
H – Track Right
11
Medium Walk RMG(H)G(M)GHC
12
Before C – Shorten the Stride in Walk
C – 
Collected Canter Right Lead
13

M-F – Medium Canter
F – Collected Canter

14
V – Circle Right 10m
15
V-R – Change Rein, Flying Change between Centerline and R
16
H-K – Extended Canter
K – 
Collected Canter
17
Transitions at H & K
18
P – Circle Left 10m
19
P-S – Change Rein, Flying Change between Centerline and S
20
C – Collected Trot
21
MXK – Extended Trot
K – Collected Trot
22
Transitions at M and K
23
A – Down Centerline
X – Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Third Level Dressage – Test 2

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Third Level Dressage – Test 2

1
A – Enter Collected trot
X – Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C – Track Right
MXK – Change rein, Medium Trot
K – Collected Trot
3
F-B – Shoulder-In Left
4
B-M– Renvers right
5
HXF – Change rein, Extended Trot
F – Collected Trot
6
Transitions at H & F
7
K-E – Shoulder-In Right
8

E-H – Renvers Left

9
C – Down Centerline
G-E – Half Pass Right
10
– Down Centerline
D-E – Half Pass Left
11

C – Medium Walk
M – Turn Right
Between G&H – Shorten Stride, Half Turn on the Haunches Right,
Proceed Medium Walk

12
Between G&M – Shorten Stride, Half turn on haunches left
H – Turn left
13
Medium Walk
CMG(H)G(M)GHS
14
S-P – Change rein, extended walk
P- Medium Walk
15
Before F – Shorten the Stride in Walk
F – Collected Canter Right Lead
16
A – Down Centerline
D-R – Half Pass Right
17
Between R & M – Flying Change of Lead
18
H-K – Medium Canter
K – Collected Canter
19
A – Down Centerline
D-S – Half Pass Left
20
Between S & H – Flying Change of Lead
21
C – Circle Right 20m, showing a clear release of both reins for 4-5 strides over centerline
22
M-F – Extended Canter
F – Collected Canter
23
Transitions at M & F
24
A – Down Centerline
L – Collected Trot
I – Halt, salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Third Level Dressage – Test 3 

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Third Level Dressage – Test 3

1
A – Enter Collected trot
X – Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C – Track Left
HXF – Change Rein, Medium Trot
F – Collected Trot

3

K-E – Shoulder-In Right

4

E-X – Half Circle Right 10m
X-B – Half Circle Left 10m

5

B-G – Half Pass Left
C – Track Right

6
MXK – Change Rein, Extended Trot
K – Collected Trot
7
Transitions at M & K
8
A – Halt, rein Back 4 Steps, Proceed Collected Trot

9

F-B – Shoulder-In Left

10

B-X – Half Circle Left 10m
X-E – Half Circle Right 10m

11

E-G– Half Pass Right
C – Turn Left

12

Between C&H – Medium Walk
H – Turn Left
Between G&M 
– Shorten the Stride, Half Turn on the Haunches Left,
Proceed Medium Walk

13

Between G&H – Shorten the Stride, Half Turn on the Haunches Right
Proceed Medium Walk
M – Turn Right

14
Medium Walk – CHG(M)G(H)GMR
15
R-V – Change Rein, Extended Walk
V – Medium Walk
16
Before K – Shorten Stride in Walk
K – 
Collected Canter Left Lead
17
F-X – Half Pass Left
X-I – Collected Canter
18

I-S – Half circle Left 10m
S-F – Change rein, flying change of lead near centerline

19
K-X – Half Pass Right
X-I – Collected Canter
20
I-R – Half circle Right 10m
R-K – Change rein, flying change of lead near centerline
21

F-M – Extended Canter
M – Collected Canter

22

Transitions F & M

23

H – Collected Trot

24

E – Turn left
X – Turn left
G – Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Third Level Dressage – Musical Freestyle

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