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TopSpec Dressage to Music and British Riding Clubs Quadrille

Date: 2 - 4 October 2020

Location: Addington Equestrian


Dressage to Music, kindly sponsored by


Quadrille Selection Trial - Saturday 3 October 2020 

Quadrille of the Year Final 2020 - TBC


Dressage to Music

The Dressage to Music Championships offers a range of classes for both senior and junior members allowing competitors to ride from prelim up to our unique ‘pick your own’ class, which caters for those wishing to compete at medium and advanced medium level. The Dressage to Music Championships is a great opportunity to be creative and have fun in the dressage arena. We also have pairs classes at this championship. The direct entry classes at this championship will be announced closer to the date.

Direct entry classes are ones which do not require any qualification. Please see the current Handbook for details on eligibility requirements for these classes. Forms can be found below and need sending in with payment to BRC HQ. Please click on the relevant class below to download the Direct Entry Form. 


Competitor information slips can be downloaded here - please send them back completed to


All direct entry classes except for the Warm Ups are ‘pick a test’ classes. You may enter both sections if you are eligible. Please note that this means that both levels will be competing against each other for the overall places – they will not be split.


If you enjoy competing in dressage, why not try quadrille? The display is set to music with a team of four riders wearing themed costumes. The display should demonstrate horsemanship, but doesn’t necessarily have to be based on dressage movements. Entries for the Quadrille open on the 2nd of February close on the 28th of February in order to allow the teams enough time to choreograph their performance. The selection trial is held at the British Riding Clubs Dressage to Music Championships. Four teams are selected to go through to the Championships.


Expert Tips

Here are tips for forming a successful quadrille team: 

  • First of all, try to involve everyone within your club who would be willing to help, whether it be to ride, make costumes or provide music
  • You will need four riders for the performance, but should also rehearse with two reserves in case a horse or rider is unable to perform
  • One reserve should be able to perform with their own horse, while the other needs to be able to ride any of the horses if required
  • At least one member of your team must be a British Dressage Music member
  • Discuss how you are going to finance the project. It can become expensive; does the club cover costs or are you going to raise the funds yourselves?
  • Next think of a theme; some themes may have been done before, but you may be able to bring a fresh new approach
  • Look for music that will tie in with the theme, suit your horses and be easily recognised by the audience
  • Now you can choreograph your performance. It will need to last no longer than five minutes and may include 60 seconds of entrance and exit music. Tests will be performed in a 20m x 60m arena and must be designed on the basis that the entrance is to be made at A.
  • It can be helpful to have someone watch your performance to offer constructive criticism. You could even video your performance to see it from the audience’s perspective
  • You will need help to design and sew costumes for humans and horses. Remember the riders and horses have to perform movements in them, so they must be comfortable and, above all, safe
  • Get your horses used to hearing music as you ride, though not the music you intend to use for the performance. If you introduce your horse to the routine too early, it will begin to anticipate the next movement, which could spoil the performance
  • You will provide a more interesting performance if you act. Don’t worry about feeling silly; it’s all part of the performance
  • Props can be carried, but make sure you can ride effectively while carrying them. They should enhance your performance not distract the audience
  • Marks are awarded for turnout (20), content of programme (20) and general artistic impression (60)
  • You must include a script of up to 100 words describing your performance as part of your application. This will appear in the programme and be given to the officials for reference


To book stabling for the championships, please visit the online booking system. Once your booking account is created, it can be used for any future championship stabling bookings. Please note, stabling closes 21 days before the start of competition.

Hat Tagging and Body Protectors

All members are required to have their hats tagged before competing in any BRC qualifier or championship. For acceptable specifications, please see the Hat Standards Guidelines.

Trade Stands
If you are interested in bringing a Trade Stand to this event, please get in contact with Meg Haase (, 02476 840595) 


2019 Saddles Direct Quadrille of the Year Final Results (PDF)


2019 TopSpec Dressage to Music Championships Results

2019 TopSpec Pick A Test Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Elementary Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Pairs Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Senior Novice with Points Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Novice Pairs Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Senior Novice 0 Points Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Junior Prelim Dressage to Music Results (PDF)

2019 TopSpec Junior Novice Dressage to Music Results (PDF)


2019 Saddles Direct Quadrille Selection Trial Results (PDF)

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