FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses

FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses was developed to record the scores of gaited horses participating in authorized or recognized Dressage Competitions under licensed judges and to permanently recognize, record, honor and reward their accomplishments.

FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses comprises tests specifically written for gaited horses competing at authorized or recognized Dressage competition. Tests may be English or Western. Tests must be designed for gaited horses, published specifically for gaited horses and recognized as appropriate for gaited horses by organizations such FOSH, IJA, NWHA, TWHBEA, USEF, WDAA, NAWDA, and Cowboy Dressage. The recognized list of organizations may be amended at any time after appropriate notice of change is given by FOSH.

As of January 1, 2015 a new category was added to FOSHDressage for Gaited Horses a Virtual Category To compete inthis category, tests must be videoed and forwarded to NorthAmerican Western Dressage (NAWD) for evaluation. Submittedtests will be evlauated by IJA Judges with a Dressage license fromthe Independent Judges Asociation. Tests may be English orWestern and may be any test ppublished by any of theorganizations recognized under this program. Scores achieved in theVirtuatl tests will be in a separate category. For the purposes ofAwards, there will be no cross over of scores between the Virtualand the Traditional categories. Competitors may submit scoresfrom both traditional and virtual shows, but scores will be recordedin the category in which competition occurred.

 

There are two categories of Awards – Traditional and Virtual. In both categories annual awards will be for the following categories: Two Gait, Introductory Level, Training Level, and First Level. Award categories will be expanded as new tests for gaited horses are developed and approved.

Approved Tests for Dressage with Gaited Horses

Tests currently approved by and accepted in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses are Two Gait, Introductory Level, Training Level, First Level and Second Level. At each level, the tests must adhere to the basic purpose of the tests and at a minimum include the required movements.

Two Gait Introductory Dressage Test for Gaited Horses

The Purpose of the Two Gait Introductory Level Tests is to observe and measure the suppleness of the musculature of the horse, and to demonstrate that the horse moves freely forward with steady rhythm and willingness. The horse must willingly accept the bit.

  • The tests are intended for horses and riders new to the discipline of dressage.
  • The tests are designed to measure the very basic preparation for progression in the discipline of dressage. The movements are intended to demonstrate correct performance of groups of elementary skills.
  • Transitions to the intermediate gait to and from the halt and working walk may be preceded by a few steps of the walk.
  • Light and steady contact is required. Emphasis is placed on the quality and correctness of movements with less emphasis on exact execution of movements at the letters
  • The collective marks address the quality or correctness of gait which may be executed differently from horse to horse. Marks for quality of gait include the walk which is common to all horses and therefore quantifiable.

Required Movements

  • Working walk
  • Intermediate Gait
  • Track left, track right
  • Turn left, turn right
  • Halt
  • Circle 20 m
  • Free walk on long rein
  • Free walk on half diagonals
  • Half diagonals
  • Serpentine

Note: Two Gait Introductory Level Tests are intended for breeds where the canter or lope is not included in the breed description. However, Two Gait Introductory Dressage Tests may be ridden by any breed of gaited horses and scores submitted for Annual Awards.

Introductory Level Dressage Test for Gaited Horses

The Purpose of the Introductory Level Tests is to observe and measure the suppleness of the musculature of the horse, and to demonstrate that the horse moves freely forward with steady rhythm and willingness. The horse must willingly accept the bit.

  • The test is intended for horses and riders new to the sport of dressage.
  • The Tests are designed to measure the very basic preparation for progression in the discipline of dressage. The movements are intended to demonstrate correct performance of groups of elementary skills.
  • Transitions to the intermediate gait to and from the halt and working walk may be preceded by a few steps of the walk.
  • Light and steady contact is required. Emphasis is placed on the quality and correctness of movements with less emphasis on exact execution of movements at the letters
  • The collective marks address the quality or correctness of gait which may be executed differently from horse to horse. Marks for quality of gait include the walk which is common to all horses and therefore quantifiable.

Required Elements

  • Working Walk
  • Free walk
  • Medium Walk
  • Halt
  • Circle – 20 m
  • Turn left, turn right
  • Serpentine

Training Level Dressage Test for Gaited Horses

The purpose of the Training Level Tests is to observe and measure the suppleness of the musculature of the horse, and to demonstrate that the horse moves freely forward with steady rhythm and willingness. The horse must willingly accept the bit.

  • Transitions to the medium walk, and to from the halt, may be preceded by a few steps of the walk.
  • Light and steady contact is required. Emphasis is placed on the quality and correctness of movements with less emphasis on exact execution of movements at the letters
  • The canter must be forward moving but unhurried, and steady with rhythm.
  • The collective marks address the quality or correctness of gait which may be executed differently from horse to horse. Marks for quality of gait include the walk and the canter as these gaits are common to all horses and therefore quantifiable.

Required Elements

  • Working walk
  • Medium walk
  • Intermediate gait
  • Working canter
  • Halt
  • Circle – 20 m, 15 m, 10 m
  • Half Circle
  • Lengthen stride
  • Free walk on 2 diagonals
  • Serpentine
  • Leg Yield
  • Stretch forward and downward

First Level Dressage Tests for Gaited Horses

The purpose of the First Level tests is to observe and measure the suppleness of the musculature of the horse, and to demonstrate that the horse moves freely forward with steady rhythm and willingness. The horse must willingly accept the bit

  • Transitions to and from the halt must be made with no additional steps of walk to the medium walk. The halt should be square and straight.
  • Light and steady contact is required. Emphasis is placed on correct bend and balance on circles, and accuracy in the 15 meter circle, and on the maintenance of straightness on the straight track.
  • The canter must be forward moving but unhurried, and steady with rhythm.
  • The lengthening of stride must show a greater ground covering stride, without a faster rhythm, maintaining the cadence and form of the horse.
  • The collective marks address the quality or correctness of gait which may be executed differently from horse to horse. Marks for quality of gait include the walk and the canter which are common to all horses and therefore quantifiable

Required Elements

  • Working walk
  • Medium walk
  • Working canter
  • Intermediate gait
  • Halt
  • Circle 20 m, 15 m, 10 m
  • Half circle
  • Lengthen Stride

  • Free walk on long rein
  • Free walk on 2 diagonals
  • Serpentine
  • Leg yield

Second Level Dressage Tests for Gaited Horses

The purpose of the Second Level tests is to confirm that the horse, having achieved the impulsion required in First Level exhibits a more weight bearing posture into the hindquarters in all gaits. Increased suppleness and mobility of joints result in a greater degree of straightness, bend, throughness, balance and self-carriage.

Required Elements

  • Collected walk

  • Collected canter

  • 10m circle at canter

  • Shoulder in

  • Simple Change of Lead

  • Halt rein back

  • Transvers

  • Half turn on haunches

  • Renvers

Marks for quality of gait include the walk and the canter whcih are common to all horses and therefore quantifiable. The collective marks will address the quality or correctness of the intermediate gait, which is executed differently from horse to horse. The quality of the intermediate gait is ased upon self-carriange, balance, regularity, rhythm, freedom, straightnes and suppleness.

REQUIREMENTS

All owners or leasors and riders of horses enrolled in FOSH Dresssage for Gaited Horses, must be current FOSH members for scores to be recorded. If there are multiple owners, at least one owner must be a current FOSH member. To enroll a horse and/or individual in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses, an application and appropriate fees must be completed and returned to FOSH.

Owners of horses entered in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses are encouraged to enter all scores accumulated prior to enrollment in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses. Credit for scores accumulated prior to enrollment will be accepted for permanent recording purposes only. These scores will not be eligible for any FOSH Gaited Dressage Awards, but will become part of the permanent record of achievement for the horse.

Once enrolled in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses each participant must maintain their personal results and records on the FOSH Annual Dressage Score Card. Competitions, level of test, sanctioning body for the test, sanctioning body for the competition, judge and score must be entered. Results become official upon receipt of the FOSH Annual Dressage Card accompanied by a complete copy of each test (including the front page). Beginning in 2014, all Dressage Test Scores will be recorded and maintained in the Permanent Dressage Performance record for the horse.

FOSH Competitive Dressage for Gaited Horses

A. The year begins January 1 and ends December 31.

B. All gaited horses must be registered with a purebred recognized breed registry. A non-registered horse (grade) or a gaited horse registered in a non-gaited Registry must apply for and obtain FOSH Permanent Honorary Recognition.  They must show evidence of gaitedness through video submission and payment of a one time fee.

C. All horses must be enrolled in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses. This is an enrollment program that records and tracks scores over the life of the horse.

D. All horses must meet minimum age requirements to qualify for FOSH awards.

  • Horses must meet age requirements for Dressage competition as established under USDF guidelines.
  • Owners must comply with FOSH Sound Principles.

E. Dressage Competitions sanctioned or approved by FOSH, IJA, NWHA, TWHBEA, USDF, WDAA, NAWDA and Cowboy Dressage and judged by licensed judges will be accepted for the FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses Program. FOSH and the FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses Program reserve the right to modify this list at any time.

  • Appropriate notice of change to the approved list must be provided to all participants and to the general public through the web site and a press release. Appropriate notice shall be a minimum of 6 months.
  • FOSH reserves the right to approve other Dressage tests it deems suitable for gaited horses.
  • FOSH reserves the right to not approve any Dressage Tests it deems not suitable for gaited horses.

F. Only scores from Dressage Tests for Gaited Horses judged by licensed judges will be accepted.

G. The owner chooses

  • The sanctioning body for the test
  • The level of test
  • The competition entered
  • The level of test ridden
  • Traditional or Virtual competition or both

H. A minimum of three scores of 60% or over at one level must be recorded before a horse is eligible for an award at that level.

I. Scores will be recorded in the category in which the test was ridden. Although competitors may compete in Traditional or Virtual category, scores from one category may not be recorded in the other category.

J. FOSH Annual Dressage Cards will be verified by copies of the front and back of tests.

Regulations for FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses Program

All scores accrue to the horse.

1. FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses runs from January 1 to December 31.

2. FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses is for gaited horses. Non-gaited horses are not eligible to enroll.

3. Gaited but non registered horses (grade) or gaited horses registered in a purebred recognized non gaited registry must apply for FOSH Permanent Honorary Recognition to be eligible for entry into this program. Such horses must show proof of gait through submission of a video and a one time fee. (See Application for Permanent Honorary Recognition of a Horse with FOSH)

4. All horses must be enrolled in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses. There is a one time fee for enrollment of the horse. (See Application for Enrollment of a Horse in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses.

5. The owner or leasor or rider of the horse must be a current member of FOSH.

6. There is a yearly Rider Participation fee. If the rider is not a current member of FOSH, the rider has 30 days from the date of the first test ridden to apply for membership in FOSH for the scores to be accepted. If the membership is not received in 30 days, the horse will not receive any scores until the date membership for the rider is received.

7. Horses can not compete until they are 48 months

8. Riders must maintain their own results and records on the official FOSH Annual Dressage Card. Results may be submitted at any time to dressage@foshgaitedsporthorse.com but Results become official upon receipt of the FOSH Annual Dressage Card and complete copies of each Test (front and back). All scores will be maintained in the Permanent Dressage Performance record for the horse starting in 2014.

  • FOSH Annual Dressage Card must include the FOSH competitive number.
  • FOSH Annual Dressage Card must include the percentage mark.
  • FOSH Annual Dressage Card must include the date of the test
  • FOSH Annual Dressage Card must indicate if the test was a Virtual competition.
  • FOSH Annual Dressage Card may be submitted at any time, but must be postmarked by January 31 for scores to be recorded for annual awards.
  • Any FOSH Annual Dressage Card postmarked later than January 31 will not be recorded as eligible for annual awards.
  • Copies may be submitted by:
  • Electronically to dressage@foshgaitedsporthorse.com
  • regular mail to FOSH 6614 Clayton Road #105 St. Louis, MO 63117

FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses Awards

  • In order to be eligible for any award, the horse must be enrolled in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses and meet all program requirements.
  • Awards are in the Traditional and Virtual categories. For the purpose of awards, there will be no cross over on scores between the Traditional and Virtual categories. Competitors may submit scores from both traditional and virtual shows, but secores will be recorded in the category in which competition occurred.
  • Awards winners will be contacted by FOSH.
  • Awards will be mailed to the current owner on record as of December 31 of the year earned.

  • All awards will be announced in the March/April issue of the Sound Advocate and on the FOSH website and FOSH Press releases.

YEAR END HIGH Dressage Horse Awards

  • There will be recognition given annually, to horses in each level of test in the Traditional category and the Virtual category: Two Gait Tests, Introductory Level Tests, Training Level Tests, First Level Tests and Second Level Tests.
  • A minimum of three (3) tests of 60% or over in each level must be recorded before an award will be given. Scores can be carried over from year to year.
  • In the case of a tie, the award will be to the horse with the greater number of tests ridden at that level.
  • Awards will be to the horse receiving the highest average score in each level and each category – Two Gait, Introductory Level, Training Level, First Level and Second Level.

Overall Year End High Dressage Score Award

To be presented to the horse enrolled in FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses receiving the highest Dressage score at any level for the year.

Lifetime Achievement Dressage Award

Scores are recorded and tracked over the lifetime of the horse. Lifetime Achievement awards will be given to horses who have shown exceptional achievement over a three year, five year period, and a ten year period.