Dressage tests are divided into required short movements, which are given a mark from 0 to 10. Each test has an accompanying score sheet on which judges mark the scores and any comments they might have. Teams are also graded on what are termed “collective marks,” essentially of their overall performance in the areas of gaits, submission, impulsion, and the rider’s seat and position. (2)

High scores on movements reflect a freedom and regularity in the movements, the ease with which the horse completes them, and the impression given of doing the movements without prompting.

This video is an example of the Kur style of dressage, from Andreas Helgstrand on his horse Blue Hors Matine at one of the highest levels of competition.


After reading all about the different types of dressage movements, navigate back to this page and watch this video. See how many of the dresage movements you can recognize after learning about them!

Sources for all of the movement pages: 1, 5, 6 and 7.