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Download - Equine Canada Rules for Dressage


Consistent with the provisions of the rules, “It is the right of every member of Equine Canada to propose amendments to the Rules, subject to the policies, procedures and schedules”. The deadline for member submissions for inclusion in the January 1, 2015 Rulebooks is May 31, 2015.

Rules FAQ's


  • Are copper roller bits allowed? No (ART E4.3)
  • May I ride in bitless bridle? No (ART E4.2)
  • May I ride in a bit made of more than one metal? Yes (ART E4.3)
  • Does my bridoon have to be made of the same metal as my curb bit? No (ART E4.3)
  • If I ride at Second level, can I use a double bridle in the warm-up? Yes (ART E.4.9.6)
  • Is a Micklem bridle allowed? Yes (ART E.4.2)


  • Am I allowed to use a saddle pad with sparkles on it? No, only as piping (ART E4.6.7)
  • Are plaid shirts allowed? Not unless it is covered by your jacket and stock tie. (ART E4.1.7)


  • Can a whip longer than 120 cm be used in the warm-up ring? No (ART E4.8.3)
  • My horse cannot wear shoes that are nailed on. Can I show him in easy boots? No (ART E4.9.9)
  • ARe safety stirrups with 'guards' allowed? Yes (ART E4.7.2)



  • I hold a medium card and am guest carded up to senior at a competition where riders need scores from a senior judge to qualify for a championship. Can the riders use my scores? Generally no, refer to the qualifying criteria for each individual championship.
  • As an EC judge, can I judge Western dressage? Yes (ART E.14.12.4)

Competition rules:

  • Am I eliminated if I enter the ring after 45 seconds? No (ART E9.3.7)
  • If I fall off my horse in a test, can I remount and finish the test? No (ART 9.3.10)