They say smells can bring back a lot of memories.

Have you ever smelled something familiar and about 100 memories came flooding back to you? I have, but let me back up some…

Back in high school, I got my first horse, Nike. I wish I could say she was the best thing that ever happened to me. That she’s all I had ever dreamed of owning since I was a little girl. But the reality was that she was barely broke, she was mean, and she’d buck anything breathing off of her. Just because she was technically my first horse didn’t make her my favorite.

But then came Sunny. He was 17 at the time, had been someone’s rodeo horse for many successful years, and wasn’t much for cuddles. All he knew was his job. And to work hard.

He brought his last owner to rodeos around the world, winning countless accolades during his career. But there came a day where no matter how badly he loved his job, his body wasn’t able for it anymore. So his owner found him a new home with us, to a place where he could retire in a pasture and be ridden on trails every once in a while. A pampering he deserved.

I was so lucky to be a part of his life, because that horse changed my world.

When I was in high school, my family went through Katrina and a nasty divorce all at once. I didn’t speak to my dad for over a year and my anger towards him was something I thought we would never recover from. I was so much like him and I didn’t know how to live without my favorite person around, but after what he did to my family, I never wanted to see him again.

As time went on, my mom pushed me to talk to him. As I slowly let my dad back into my world, a big part of our re-connection was heading to see the horses every weekend. I thought we were finally recovering what we had lost when I saw some pictures on my dad’s phone I shouldn’t have. They are forever engraved in my brain, even to this day.

Luckily, I was near Sunny, my hard working but emotionally distant horse. I climbed on top of him bareback and bridleless, and cried. I cried so hard that night, I didn’t think so many tears were possible. At some point, I fell asleep from the emotional exhaustion.

I’m not sure how long I was asleep for, but I woke up buried in Sunny’s neck, while he sat there perfectly still and holding me up. To this day, I still remember his smell and how it comforted me.

As Sunny grew older, I had to accept that he wouldn’t last forever. So when I was moving to Florida after college and Sunny was feeling his age, my only instructions to my dad was that when the time came, Sunny would let us know. He was a stoic horse, but the second he laid down and didn’t want to get up, it was time.

During my years of being Sunny’s owner, I was always within an hour’s drive from him.

Within two weeks of me moving away from him, I got the call.

He’s not getting up.”

“It’s ok dad, that’s the sign. I told him to do that for us.”

But it wasn’t ok.

What was I going to do when times got tough and I just needed to sit on him to make me feel better? What would happen if my dad betrayed me again? What would be my escape from all the hard things I’m bound to experience in life? And what am I supposed to do with the pain I’m feeling right now?

As always, Sunny (and God) already had a plan in place for me to deal with my pain, both present and future.

While I was in Florida, I fell in love with an OTTB named Donovan’s Reef. I didn’t want another horse to tell you the truth, but there was something about him that I couldn’t explain. Something drew me to him. Maybe it was the familiarity he came with, seeing as he hated cuddles too.

A few months later, when my days as a working student were over, Reef came back to Louisiana with me. In the years of owning him he’s taken me farther than I ever thought imaginable, including winning many blue ribbons, teaching me valuable lessons, and competing in the 2017 AECs.

But the other night after a great ride, I was hugging Reef goodbye knowing full well he hates that, and I caught a whiff of something familiar. A smell that brought me comfort, peace, and so much happiness. I swear, as I closed my eyes, I thought I was hugging Sunny again.

And that’s when I realized something.

Sunny didn’t leave without doing his final job: making sure I was taken care of when he was gone. He sent me Reef so that I had someone to run to when things got tough. And even from horsey heaven, I know Sunny is watching out for me.


Let Us Pay For Your Passion

I know what it’s like to love this sport so much it hurts. It hurts that you want to show off all of the hard work you’ve put in to it, to enjoy the weekend with your friends, and to soak in the horse show life. But you know you can’t afford to pay for stabling, training, hauling, or even entry fees, so in the meantime, you’ll happily be the groom for all those who can.

But that’s all about to change.

If you’ve never horse shown, if you’ve busted your butt for this passion, and you’re ready to get out in that ring, then apply for the first ever BDS Show Scholarship.

You choose the show, we pay the fees. It’s that simple.

To qualify:

  • you must be 12 years or older
  • this must be your first ever live horse show
  • you must be able to perform an introductory dressage test (walk/trot)
  • you must have a horse available to ride that you are familiar with
  • you must provide the tack/equipment for the show
  • you must find a means of hauling to and from the show
  • you must be an eventer or dressage rider

Entries close March 31st, 2019.

We can pay for rental of a horse, hauling fees, training, entry fees, etc. We just need you to find the means for them.

To apply, please send us your story on why you think you should get the BDS Show Scholarship to

Everyone should have the opportunity to show no matter their income, location, or social status in the equestrian community. That’s what we stand for. 

No Hurricane Can Stop This Horse Girl – January’s Featured Rider Post

Felicia is a 33-year-old horse girl with a lot of grit. Her love of horses began at the age of 5, and ever since, she has done just about every equestrian sport there is: eventing, pleasure driving, exercise riding, show jumpers, dressage, barrels, poles, foxhunting, and steeplechase. Now, she works for the Department of Defense, runs a nonprofit 4-H club, and owns 3 beautiful horses on her North Carolina farm.

Two of her horses came to her as a pair. A rescued draft pony cross and a rescued draft appaloosa cross. The pony arrived to her farm terrified of humans, and he would bolt just at the sight of someone walking up. Now, he is a loving teddy bear with some spook tendencies, but a great pony nonetheless.

The appaloosa came to her thin, unhandled, and with horrendous ground manners. But with hard work, patience, and time, Felicia has managed to bring him up through the dressage levels. She’s even caught on to his love of jumping and believes eventing might be in his future.

Last but not least, she still owns her tried and true high school rodeo mare. This mare has done it all in her lifetime, and she is now giving lessons and bringing Felicia’s daughter up through her 4-H projects and shows.

Life is good. But, on September 14th, 2018, everything changed.

On that fateful day, Hurricane Florence made landfall, destroying the Carolinas in its path. Felicia watched as the hurricane rains came in and flooded the homes of her friends, family, and surrounding community.

Luckily, her house was on high enough ground to only have minor flooding, but just a mile down the road, houses were quickly filling with water. The lives of humans, pets, and livestock were all at stake.

“I realized I couldn’t just sit around and watch as my friends and neighbors slowly went under water,” Felicia said. “I started working with Emergency Management personnel and local Swiftwater rescue teams to get horses, dogs, and other animals out of the water. I also worked with our county and state Agricultural Department to get much needed feed and supplies to the livestock in our area, as many of our farms were cut off from basic needs due to flood waters.”

In the aftermath of hurricane Florence, Felicia was left with major roof damage to her barn, house, and garage. Water had gotten down into the buildings causing major damage and mold, and days of rain and no power made a mess of everyone’s homes. To this day, she and her surrounding neighbors are still rebuilding.

Life is busy enough without the added work of repairing a hurricane damaged home, but Felicia still carves out time to ride and show her horses online with Better Dressage Scores.

“Because of this site I can still show. While every spare moment is spent on rebuilding from the storm, I can take 30 minutes a day and show! It’s a great escape from reality,” she said.

Most would give up trying to show after being hit so hard, but Felicia is the type of horse girl to look a hurricane in the face and say “try me.”

Why This Mom Loves Online Horse Shows

Ashleigh is a mom in her thirties, a loving wife, a full time worker, and a passionate equestrian. Unfortunately for her showing career, she is also a resident in a very rural part of Ontario Canada where most dressage shows are 1-2 hours away.

Her horse-crazed journey started about 25 years ago when she was a little girl. She’s always loved horses and animals in general, but when her best friend started taking riding lessons, it was time for the begging to start. She bothered her parents for months on end until they finally caved and let her take lessons for the summer.

Flash forward to now, and the love of the sport still hasn’t passed. She now owns an 11 year old registered Paint Quarter Horse named Tribute To Cowboys, aka “Miles.”

Miles is her western dressage horse, but he has also been exposed to numerous Western disciplines including gaming, cattle work, Western pleasure and extreme cowboy.  And of course, they also love to trail ride as much as they can while the weather is good.

“I think he picked me. He’s was a very green 4 year old when I bought him, I had no idea what I was going to do with him, but I had to have him. He’s a gentle giant at 16hh but very opinionated. He has his feisty days but has found his forte in Dressage and seems to love it as much as I do,” she said.

But, between the lack of local shows or a dressage coach, Ashleigh finds it tough to improve their partnership. That’s why online horse showing has become the perfect outlet for her and Miles. She finds that online horse shows are a great way to measure her and Miles’ progress as well as help them improve.

“I used to show a lot before I had my daughter and this keeps my hunger to show fed. I loved showing and the challenges it presents, so this is another way to keep myself motivated,” said Ashleigh. “Life keeps me busy, but I have a very supportive family that helps me get horse time each week.”

She hopes that one day her daughter will love riding just as much as she does. It seems like she’s already off to a good start!

Kim Fiore – Our Featured Rider

We have a wonderful pair to feature this month: Kim and her dressage Clydesdale, Gracie!

We asked Kim about her super cool ride and here’s what she had to say:

“Gracie is a 6 year old registered Clydesdale. I’ve owned her since the spring of 2017, but it feels like much longer! I woke up one day and I decided I needed to buy a Clydesdale. It was like I had draft horse fever. I was in love with their look, trainability, and temperament. I’m not always free to ride because I am in vet school so I wanted something very safe and unique.

I actually used to think dressage was incredibly boring. I grew up in the hunter jumper world but throughout college, I began to really appreciate and love it! We had our first rated show only 6 months after we started her under saddle. She always brought a lot of attention at shows and this one was no different. As I was about to enter the ring, a gentleman approached me saying “Horses like this don’t belong here.” What this gentleman said completely surprised me and made me upset throughout our first test. Of course, Gracie was a saint and pulled me through it. We pulled ourselves back together for our second test that day and scored over a 72, winning the class. That has definitely been our proudest win!

Gracie is an awesome dressage mount but she’s an even better therapy horse. We’ve visited over 1000 kids at local schools just this year. The kids adore petting her and she loves the attention. She was so incredibly sweet with all the kids, particularly the special needs kids, that I decided to try to join an animal assisted therapy program. We take the test in a few weeks and I’m very confident she’ll pass with flying colors! After that we’ll be able to visit hospitals, nursing homes, and other places.

I honestly couldn’t pick my favorite thing about Gracie. She’s pretty great at everything! She’s so willing under saddle and she’s one of the sweetest horses I’ve ever met. I’m incredibly lucky and proud to call her my partner!”

We agree with you Kim, she’s fantastic! And horses like her absolutely belong!! Check out Kim and Gracie’s ride for the June Better Dressage Scores show here:

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We’d love to hear about you and your horse!

12 Things Broke Equestrians Say

We’d have way more money if our hobby didn’t cost us an arm and a leg, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t penny pinch even within our sport! In honor of that, here’s 12 things broke equestrians say: 

  1. “This can be fixed with duct tape.”

Ahh, yes. The magical cure-all to life’s problems.
Busted boot? Duct tape it.
Cracked bucket? Duct tape it.
Needs a dash of color? Add pretty duct tape.
The options are endless. 

  1. “This still has some life in it.”

Admit it. You have a saddle pad you’ve owned for approximately 100 years. It’s old, it’s worn, but it still works and it’s an excellent back up when you haven’t gotten around to washing the others! Who cares about a few moth bites for a hack ride, right? 


  1. “I can reuse this bottle for fly spray.”

I don’t know about you guys but I loveee to buy the concentrated form of fly spray and make it myself. It really is a money saver! Then, when I have an empty spray bottle (409, show sheen, Febreze, etc), it becomes my fly spray bottle! 


  1. “Once this breaks I’ll make it into a DIY project.”

I don’t care if you’re broke or a millionaire. This is cool: 


Side note, who wants a horseshoe framed picture for Christmas? All of my friends. Because they have no choice. Because I can’t afford anything else. 

  1. “I wonder if anyone is selling this onEbay.”

You never know. There might be someone out there selling their 17.5″ Chiberta Devoucoux, with custom forward flaps, and that happens to fit your horse as if it were custom. And maybe, just maybe, they’re selling it for under $0. With free shipping to good home… 


  1. “I wonder what this costs on 5 different sites.”

Riding Warehouse (my personal favorite). Dover Saddlery. SmartPak. Adam’s Horse Supply.
Fight to the death!! I will spend hours calculating who will cost me less (including shipping and handling of course).


  1. “Oh look, a homemade horse treat recipe!”

The internet is full of ’em. My personal favorite place to get all the ingredients to make them is at a place called “mom’s fridge.” They have the best deals.

“Thanks mom!” 

  1. Haystringcan fix this.”

Don’t have clips? Hang it with haystring.
Broken halter? Fix it with haystring.
It’s an equestrian double for duct tape. 


  1. “Do I know someone that sews?”

Keep your grandma on speed dial! Ripped show shirts, messed up saddle pads, torn breeches. Granny will literally save you hundreds of dollars. 


  1. “I wonder if I can make this myself.”

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t looked up “How to make a saddle pad, a halter, a stall treat, a tack trunk…the list goes on and on.” 


  1. “I wonder if the dollar store has this”

I’m constantly amazed at how much horse stuff the dollar store really has. Wanna see for yourself? Check out one of our other articles, “10 Horse Show Items for $10



No, there really isn’t such a thing as too much duct tape. 



Dark Horse Chronicles: A Draft-Cross Goes From Craigslist to Grand Prix

Written by: Erin of Dressage Talk

Not much is known about the origin of dressage trainer Kimberly Mitchell’s horse, Oso Grande or “Big Bear” as his name is translated in English. Like many treasures on Craigslist, Bear’s history is a mystery. Mitchell has only been able to make assumptions about things like the gelding’s breed and age, explaining, “Our best guess is Percheron/Thoroughbred based on pictures of other Percheron/Thoroughbreds we’ve seen.”

Mitchell knows so little about her horse’s start that she can sum up his background in just a few short sentences.

“The person who got him before I did found him after he had been left in a field by someone to grow up, and that person had stopped paying board so the owner just had this ragamuffin horse left out in the field. So this girl just picked him up for a couple hundred bucks. I got him about six months after she’d had him under saddle, when she ended up having to move across the country. It was perfect timing, and I was very grateful that she sold him to me at a great price.”

Fueled by a tight budget, and a liking for Bear’s statuesque figure and kind eye – Mitchell remembers calling on a Craigslist ad that featured the young gelding.

“I went to see him and I just felt this connection with him right away and I thought that this could be a fun horse to play around with for awhile.” According to Mitchell, Bear was the “the poor man’s warmblood” she’d been searching for.

Mitchell admits that despite a wonderful personality and a workhorse mentality – the juggernaut gelding wasn’t particularly “built” for dressage. To address Bear’s physical challenges Mitchell enlisted the help of Washington-based trainer Alyssa Pitts, and together they began showing the horse how to use his body correctly.

“After I got him in Oregon I had some personal life changes – I ended up moving back up to Washington and hadn’t put any serious effort into Bear’s training and at that point I moved him to Alyssa’s. We always joke that neither of us really thought he would amount to anything. He couldn’t track up in the trot at that point and he made so much noise when he would work and get seriously out of breath.”

As Bear came back into regular training Mitchell and Pitts realized that something was lacking – his energy level didn’t increase as they had anticipated. Addressing Bear’s health quickly became one of the first steps towards getting him in top physical shape for dressage.

“We had initially suspected that he had PSSM so first we tried a diet change and within a month he was a completely different horse – all of the sudden he was really working hard and had a lot of energy. At that point in time I noticed that if I forgot to get more Vitamin E the next day he would be incredibly lethargic so he was obviously super sensitive to the supplement. If he didn’t get it we couldn’t do the training – I literally had no horse under me.”

With Bear’s energy up Mitchell and her horse began their accession up the levels. However, his heavy breathing didn’t improved with fitness and eventually a vet recommended that they take action.

“He got up to 4th level or attempting to do 4th level, and I got several not so great scores. I figured ‘Well let’s scrape the rest of the show season and do the tie-back surgery’. So we did the tie-back surgery and had a couple of months recovery, and about two weeks into work EVERYTHING clicked. I mean absolutely, everything. He was such a different horse being able to breathe that we went out and did PSG (I mean I obviously had to be careful with him) but we got my PSG silver medal scores at the end of the season. “

Finally, Mitchell felt that Bear was physically at his peak and feeling truly comfortable in his work. However, that didn’t mean that dressage was easy for the draft-cross.

“It’s been a process of teaching him how to actually push because it just isn’t in his DNA to do that” says Mitchell.

“We had to do so much work building the forward and backward with transitions. Send him forward – sit – send him forward – sit – so he could learn how to push. He could sit and carry very early on which makes him very good at things like pirouettes, he really excels at those, but the push he had a really hard time with. Lengenthings have just been the bane of our existence. I still wouldn’t say that we can do a great lengenthing – every once in awhile we’ll get a seven in the lengthenings and it makes me very happy!”

Mitchell realized early on that some movements like extensions would always be very physically challenging for Bear, but she learned to find satisfaction in their training progression. Rather than placing too much value in competitive scores and marks, Mitchell focused on helping her horse to perform to the best of his abilities.

“You go out and you get those scores at each level that are “just good enough”, so the whole time I had to know that he was going to be the “6” horse, not the “8” horse. And that’s what I was really shooting for. It was really important that he was able to have the basics down correctly and be able to do the movements really correctly because he doesn’t have the flash to make up for anything.”

 As Mitchell competed in Open classes against other professionals she was aware that Bear was often the only “non-traditional” mount among a sea of fancy warmbloods. For Mitchell, this meant learning to accept that their “best” wouldn’t always be best on the scoreboard.

“I know with every competition that I enter I have to tell myself “There’s a very good chance that I’m going to get last and that doesn’t matter.” Really all I’m shooting for is the best score we can get. For me I just wanted to find out at each level – can Bear do this, and can he do it reasonably well?”

Mitchell admits though that adopting the mentality of always being in competition with herself, rather than other riders and horses at shows, has been a challenging process. She credits both Pitts and Bear for giving her the courage to continue despite disappointments.

“I’d get bad score or I would get frustrated and Alyssa would remind me to keep trying, and to ‘work with the horse you have’ and having her support was a huge factor in keeping me going. And of course Bear himself – the horse has so much heart. Even when I felt like we were struggling he would be trying, he would be trying so hard for me to figure out what I want. He waits for me to just tell him that he’s done a good job. Because of that I thought, ‘well if this horse is still trying I guess I better keep going!'”

Mitchell’s perseverance and positivity paid off this year when against all odds she earned her USDF Gold Medal on Bear.

“I’ve been able to get all of my medals on him, actually. We did it together all along the way. I was pleasantly surprised at the beginning of the season when we were able to finish our Gold Medal at Grand Prix in just two shows. So when I found out our first score at Grand Prix was above 60% I nearly cried because it’s what I’d been working on with Bear for five years so to get there was such a surreal moment.”

Mitchell and Bear’s Gold Medal would be commendable under any circumstances, but turning an abandoned draft-cross into a Grand Prix dressage horse is nothing short of a Cinderella story. Bear is proof that dressage horses can be found in Europe, or just on Craigslist. He is validation that when a horse feels good in his body he can achieve incredible things; and regardless of size, gender, breeding, and background any horse can harbor the mind of a champion.

Just ask Mitchell, and she’ll tell you.

She says proudly, “We always joke that Bear has the heart of Valegro and the body of a plow horse.”

About the author: Erin is an adult amateur dressage rider that loves talking about dressage. She’s been riding since elementary school, and was inspired to start dressage when she went over one too many jumps without her Thoroughbred. At the time, she had no idea what dressage was, but was told a little dressage training could benefit them. It didn’t take her long to get sucked into the sport and before long, posters of dressage horses replaced those of jumpers in her bedroom. Check out her blog at

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Dressage Exercise for Everyone – by Sarah Raines Wilson

So, as fun and as preferable as jumping is to many people, dressage is and always has been and always will be the foundation of literally anything you do on you horse. It’s something I think about often. I’ve taught many different students who ride at a variety of levels, and the best way I could find to better them as riders and their horses as athletes was through the foundational aspects of dressage. Western riders can still benefit from correct understanding of collection and rhythm. Barrel racers benefit from proper impulsion and straightness. Hunt seat riders must maintain relaxation and rhythm. Trail riders aim for straightness and relaxation.

I think that’s one of the reasons why I find the arguments among different discipline so funny. Because, at the end of the day, when riding is done right it is the same across the board.

End of that rant.


The purpose of the exercise this week is to experiment and test your horse’s flexion, bend, and straightness. The catch? No poles or jumps needed! Just a giant rectangle (or dressage ring).


Begin your warm up as you normally would and ensure your horse is responsive on your aids. I always like to start the warmup before this exercise with serpentine at walk and trot and canter circles. With the canter circles, I just practice a little bit of counter bend and yield my circle smaller. Then, ask for a straight horse. Then yield out of the circle at a canter so your circle then gets bigger. In other words, leg-yielding your horse slightly in and slightly out on a circle.


After you feel sufficiently warmed up, begin the exercise. Down your long sides, a slight shoulder fore. There’s no need to think or perform a full shoulder-in to get the correct response from this exercise. Straighten before you get to your corners and then as you move through your corners, get a legitimate bend through your horse’s barrel/ribs and neck. On your short sides, practice maintaining a straight horse underneath you, but play with slight inside and outside flexion, so that just your horse’s head flexes to either side. Start at a walk, when you feel comfortable, move into a trot. Lastly, work at a canter but do not despair if as you move up in your gaits, the exercise becomes harder.


Do not become frustrated. If you cannot successfully perform the exercise quite yet at the canter, don’t canter. Same goes for the trot. Just do what you and your horse are both capable of together. The more you utilize this exercise, the better and stronger you both will become!

About the author: Sarah is a 25 year old eventer located in the Rock Hill, SC area. She has been competing for over ten years in the sport of eventing and have successfully competed and ribboned through the 1* level of FEI eventing. Nationally, she has qualified for the American Eventing Championships for the past 5 years in both Training and Preliminary. Additionally, she is a Second Level USDF dressage rider with goals of competing seriously in straight dressage as well as straight jumpers. Check out more of her articles at

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How Coupons Can Help You Horse Show

If you’ve ever seen Extreme Couponing on TLC, you probably feel like couponing is an overwhelming task where you end up with products you don’t use and no place to store it all. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some helpful tips to start you on a coupon journey that will help you save money that you can use towards your horse!

  • Start Small 

If you think you’re going to coupon like the experts on TV in just one day, you’ll burn yourself out immediately and never want to coupon again. Start with just a few coupons you can find online or in your Sunday paper. You’ll get better as you go along. You might think to yourself “wow, I only saved 15 cents today, why even bother?” But within a few weeks, you’ll be saving a lot more than just 15 cents if you keep at it. Soon enough, you’ll discover where to get the best coupons and in which stores to use them. Besides, showing with Better Dressage Scores is only $19, so those cents can lead to a show!

  • Buy What You Need 

The extreme couponers on TV tend to buy 1000 razor blades in order to pay for the rest of their groceries because the coupon is worth more than the product itself, but they’re pros! Don’t buy products you don’t normally use because they’ll end up sitting on your shelf for so long that in the end, you spend more than you save. If you don’t like peas but they’re on sale, that doesn’t mean you’re going to magically eat peas and enjoy them. Make a list of what you need from the store, and then find the coupons for them. 

  • Send E-mails to the Companies You Like 

If you liked or disliked a particular product, send an e-mail to that company. Odds are they’ll send you coupons! Maruchan, the company that makes ramen noodles, sent me about 10 coupons for half off and free noodles! All because I said their cheap products are a life-saver for college students. Tyson sent me a few coupons for one of their new products because I e-mailed them saying I enjoyed how tender their chicken was. Sabra makes a variety of hummus, and when I bought a bad batch one time, I sent them an e-mail. I received two coupons for free hummus, which is an expensive product! All it takes is 10 minutes to write a few reviews on some company products and see what they send back.

  • Find a Store that Works for You 

I had two stores in particular that worked for me: Winn-Dixie and Albertsons. I picked Winn-Dixie because they give you points towards in-store coupons as well as 15 cents off of gas for every $50 you spend (and as horse people, we definitely drive a lot). They also have a lot of sales on produce and close–to-expiring goods. Albertsons is where I would buy my meat because just about every other week they would have a buy one get 3 free deal on steak and chicken! Find out what deals the stores near you have to offer and play around with these different options to see which ones you save the most with! 

  • Online Couponing 

Before you hit the “checkout” button on Riding Warehouse, SmartPak, or any other online horse shop, be sure to google “Riding Warehouse coupons” or “SmartPak promo codes,” etc. Most of the time there will be a promo code you can use for 10% off your purchase or even free shipping. Even better, most of the time they have an extra 10-20% off of clearance items in your cart! It takes just a few minutes to fish around for one, and this goes for any other online store where you may shop! A helpful tool you can download to your browser is “Honey.” It’s a promo code searcher that does all of this work for you!

Hopefully these couponing tips will help you out! The more you coupon, the more you’ll learn, the more you’ll save, the more you’ll show! Try showing with us here at Better Dressage Scores and you’ll save on hauling, stall fees, and high entry fees! Those coupon tricks will help you pay for your entry fee with us for sure 🙂

What is Better Dressage Scores?

Horse shows aren’t as easy to come by as we’d all like sometimes. Most of us have limited shows to attend and they’re usually spread far apart. It doesn’t exactly give your horse the best schooling when you only get to show once every three months. Even if we did have lots of showing opportunities, not all of us can afford to do it every weekend!

I’m a broke grad student living in Louisiana. I want to show all the time but can only show some of the time. And honestly, I save up every cent I have just to do it! Not only that, but when I don’t have a show coming up, I really don’t practice as intricately as I do when there is one coming up. I’ve always heard that “practice makes perfect,” but in reality, only “perfect practice makes perfect.” So when I putz around on my OTTB for a month but then push him back to work mode a few weeks before a show, I really can’t expect him to be some dressage king the day of the test. It just doesn’t work that way.

I realized that I can’t be the only one in this “no money, few shows, and poor practice” predicament, and I wanted to fix it. And that’s why was created. I wanted to make an online horse show that everyone could afford. A show that would be held once a month so that there’s always a showing opportunity year round. A show that would motivate us to practice perfectly and compete against people around the United States.

Want to know how it works?

Each horse show is $19. That’s it. Those are all of your fees.

Then, all you have to do is film your test and send it in before entries close.

You’ll get your scores back from a real dressage judge, just like any other real life horse show.

You don’t need a real dressage arena, just some cones or markers for the judge to see in the video. No need to haul, no need to get fancy, no need to stress. Just ride your test, film it, and send it in!

This site is for the backyard riders, the weekly lessoners, and the top level pros! We judge starter through training level in eventing as well as training through second level in dressage.

We host a show at the end of every month starting September 30th (entries are due by the 23rd).

Just because we’re broke and living in horse horse show-less area doesn’t mean we should lose out on getting to compete every month. Check out the rest of our site and enter a show today!