What is "show legal?"
This is important: the USEF Rule Book is what all competitions (both rated and NDA-recognized schooling shows) are governed by. Use this resource to check out everything from what kind of bit you can use in the show ring to how long your whip can be. Be sure to check out all the documentation under the sections "General Rules," "Dressage," and "Western Dressage."
Here is a great audio clip (approximately 13 min. long) from the USDF Official Podcast reviewing and explaining some of the 2016 Rule Changes that will specifically impact dressage riders:
National and Regional Websites
United States Dressage Federation
The governing body of competitive dressage in the United States.
United States Equestrian Federation
The governing body of all equestrian sports in the United States.
Fédération Equestre Internationale
The governing body of all equestrian sports internationally.
Western Dressage Association of America
The center of the Western Dressage movement in the United States.
The Dressage Foundation
This nonprofit organization offers scholarship and grant opportunities for riders and trainers.
USDF Region 4
For current news on what's going on in Region 4—our region!
USDF Official Podcast
News, interviews, tips, and exercises direct from the United States Dressage Federation.
The Dressage Radio Show
The latest in news and training tips for dressage, para dressage, and more.
Horses in the Morning
A live morning radio show with an equine theme.
An entertaining and informative show with a different equine topic every week.