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FAQ's

How does it work?

See the steps above in yellow? I’m not kidding. That’s basically all there is to it. Before the deadline of each month’s show, click this link to find the dressage test you want to submit, add it to your cart, and submit the link to your video in the “notes” section of checkout. If you don’t see the test you are looking for, feel free to contact us. Then, on the last day of each month, scores and tests will…

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How do I submit my video?

On the checkout page, simply paste the link to your video in the “notes” section. Videos for each entry must be sent in via YouTube, Vimeo, or the Better Dressage Scores Google Drive. Each video title must contain: Rider’s name Test name Show name Example: Jane Smith – USDF Intro A – May 2021 Show How to upload a video to YouTube How to upload a video to Vimeo To upload a video to the BDS Google Drive, simply right…

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How does scoring work?

Our scoring system can be seen below. Because we have a variety of riders and tests from the US and Canada, we can’t guarantee that your division would have more than one person in it. Therefore, you are not placed based on other riders’ scores, you are “competing against yourself.” For each show you enter, you earn ribbons and year end points. The points you earn accumulate for year end prizes (given to our top 10 riders in December of…

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Are there rules for filming, tack, and apparel?

Yes, this isn’t a place for mass chaos. But we definitely allow some flexibility. We ask that you film from “C” and use zoom when the rider is on the other side of the ring. If you are using a smartphone, please film in landscape mode. We understand that zoom and great quality is not always possible, so really we just ask that you try your best. Tack must follow the same rules and guidelines that would apply at a live horse show for…

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Are your judges rated? Who the heck are they?

Yes, all of our judges are rated! They have judged many live horse shows in their careers and have years of experience. You can read their full bios here. As a bonus option at checkout, you can also request in-depth feedback from them. With this feedback, they will go over your test movement by movement and give you tips on how to improve your scores via exercises, equipment changes, and more.

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