Advanced level training offers riders the opportunity to take their existing riding skills to a higher level. Advanced riding lessons focus intensely on how the rider affects the horse’s movements and builds abilities in collection, upper-level dressage movements, and more advanced jumping techniques in grids, courses, and cross-country. These lessons require a high degree of body control, exquisite balance, and depth of understanding in how the horse’s body works. Because of that, only students who are riding multiple times/week will reach advanced levels.
Advanced Riders and Horses can plan to be taking lessons that will prepare them better to ride at the USEA Levels of:
Riders who specifically want to ride Dressage will be taking lessons at the USDF levels of:
- Fourth Level
- Prix St. Georges
- Grand Prix
Autumn Rae recommends the following books for advanced riders at Scattered Acres.
- Winning Habits. How Elite Equestrians Master the Mental Game by Annette Paterakis
- Bolder, Braver, Brighter by Dainel Stewart
- The Gymnasium of the Horse by Gustav Steinbrecht
- Riding and Jumping: Winning Techniques for Serious Riders by William Steinkraus
- Riding and Jumping Clinic by Anne Kurskinski
- Training Strategies for Dressage Riders by Charles de Kunffy
- The de Nemethy Method by Bertalan de Nemethy
- Masters of Equitation on Counter Canter and Changes by Martin Diggle
- Cross-Country with Blyth Taite