Adelaide Hills Dressage Club

Strathalbyn, South Australia

Explanation of Classes & Memberships

Competitive:  You MUST be a Competitive member of EA.  Your horse must be registered and have a current Competition Licence (previously called Performance Card).   Grading points can be accrued and recorded.
Participant:  you MUST be a Competitive OR Participant member of EA.  Your horse does not need to be registered nor does it need a current Competition Licence.  Grading points are NOT accrued. 
Closed Unrestricted:  you MUST be a member of AHDC or EA.  However if you only have EA membership you cannot compete at Elementary level or above in Closed Unrestricted classes without being a member of AHDC.  (Text Sally (Secretary) on 0429 190 653 for further information).  No grading points are accrued at this level.
AHDC members will have Member Discounts applied automatically by Nominate at the final stages of entry.



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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All entries via Nominate:  www.nominate.com.au


Entries close on the Wednesday 11 days before a competition. Late entries will be accepted until midnight on the Friday 9 days before a comp. The draw commences on the Saturday 8 days before a comp so at that time any late entries will only be available if there is a suitable scratching. Queries to the Draw Secretary:  TEXT 0400 289 481 (with your name and details of what you want to enter).


Late entries will be NOT be accepted under any circumstances after midnight on the Friday 2 days before the competition. All entries are via Nominate.  Queries regarding Nominate to Secretary:  TEXT 0429 190 653 (text = shiftworker).


Day Membership (for people new to dressage or very casual competitors) - $5 per rider - if you are not an EA/AHDC member you can apply for Day Membership twice only during a calendar year.  After that you will need to join AHDC (or EA) to compete.  ***On Competitive comp days, EA only riders in CUR classes riding Elementary or above must be AHDC members (EA rule).  Riders in these classes are exempt from the twice a year Day Membership rule.***


Nominate will recognise that you are not an EA/AHDC member and ask you to renew membership.  See the Membership page of our website for instructions on how to do Day Membership. 


Link for 2023 Dressage Rules (copy and paste to your browser):  

CLEAN_NATIONAL_DRESSAGE_RULES_1_JULY_2023_0.pdf (equestrian.org.au)


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Dates may change so watch this page for updates


***Dressage riders please note that from 1 July 2022 your helmets will need to be tagged to ensure they meet current safety standards.  
Helmets may be tagged at either the EA Office in Mt Barker (Monday, Wednesday or Thursday 10.00 to 4 pm) or contact Sue Brown on 0409 090 547.

2024 CALENDAR DATES





5 May - Horseland Mt Barker Closed Restricted Club Champs + Closed Unrestricted classes and Practice Arenas


***Practice Arena slots are 20 mins long for riders to familiarise green horses with the arena.  No lunging or repeated circling in one spot (so you don't damage the grass) but horses may be led.  For riders NOT competing in other classes (or you will have to ride HC if your practice session is before your test time).  Draw times for these slots will vary as they need to fit in with the rest of the draw.  There is no separate practice arena.

***Only full AHDC members are eligible for prizes, rosettes and or rugs.  Non AHDC members or Day Members may ride in Closed Unrestricted classes but will not be eligible for prizes.  There will however be the usual ribbons in these classes.  


Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prelim to Advanced 2s and 3s (no Prep 3 at this event)

​Entries close at midnight on Friday 26 April.  No late entries as this is a short timeframe between competitions.  Late entries may be available after closing date but only in scratchings (late fees will apply)




9 June - Competitive, Participant, Closed Unrestricted, FEI, Interschool

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced 2s and 3s


14 July - Closed Unrestricted

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced 1s and 2s


11 August - Competitive, Participant, Closed Unrestricted, Para

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced TBA

1 September - Closed Unrestricted

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced 1s and 2s


12 and 13 October - Horseland Mt Barker Spring Festival:  Competitive, Participant, Closed Unrestricted, FEI, Para

Tests:  Prelim to Advanced 2s and 3s, FEI, Para (EA or FEI), Prep tests TBA


10 November - Closed Unrestricted

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced TBA


8 December - Competitive, Participant, Closed Unrestricted

Tests:  Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, Prelim to Advanced TBA