Berry Riding Club caters for both beginners in Dressage and also those wishing to compete at higher levels.


We hold a number of competitions throughout the year ranging from Preparatory through to Medium level, all of which are unofficial. At each competition separate Preparatory, Preliminary and Novice tests are available for junior riders (under 18 year.) On the day before our Competition we offer a dressage training day where riders can come and practice their test, take the opportunity to familiarise their horse with the arenas, or just ride in company.

Dress Code

It is not mandatory for horses or ponies to be plaited nor riders to wear jackets at our competition days. At all our events riders are asked to present themselves and their horse in a neat and tidy manner. Riders are encouraged to wear our club t-shirt or rugby top. Click on the Merchandise tab for an order form.

Visit our Facebook page for photos of our Dressage events.

More Information

Dressage Entries & Draw
All BRC Dressage competition entries are managed in Nominate. Entries close two weeks prior to the event to enable sufficient time for draws to be completed and judges confirmed. Just prior to each Dressage event, entrants will be sent an email the draw, and any additional information about the day, such as start times, what to bring and when the Grounds gate will be open.

To enter BRC Dressage events:

  • Go to www.nominate.com.au and under the Equestrian column, select “Events”
  • Select “Dressage” as the Interest
  • Find the BRC event and select Enter.
  • Follow the prompts and respond to the mandatory questions.
  • Payment for entries will be by credit/debit card immediately through Nominate. Ensure you receive a confirmation email from Nominate to confirm your entry. 

A Draw will be published once all entries are received and arenas allocated. The draw will be sent to competitors by email. 

Cancellation: In the case of an event booked through Nominate being cancelled, entry payment will be reimbursed within one week. A notice will appear on your credit/debit card statement.

Any issues with using Nominate, phone Nominate on 07 3118 9555. N.B. Entries for our Dressage competitions close two weeks prior to each event. So that your entries are accepted, please ensure you get your entry in with plenty of time. We also cap class numbers as necessary. 

Riders scratching prior to the close of entries will be reimbursed the full amount of entry fees (excluding the admin fee). However, scratchings after close of entries will require a medical or veterinary certificate before entry fees will be reimbursed.

Dressage Results

Results from our dressage competitions can be found in Nominate. Go to Nominate Results on their website, or use their App to find the event and see all of the results.




Don’t forget, every event needs volunteers.

We ask that riders and / or their friends / relations consider volunteering, even if it is for only a short period of time. It can be either sometime during the competition day or before/after the event.

Jobs include, pencilling, checking scores, writing the scores on the board, collecting sheets from the judges, setting up / pulling down dressage arenas…

It’s not hard work, it’s heaps of fun, no prior experience is necessary and you get to meet lots of horsey people.

Please contact our Club Secretary info@berryridingclub.com to offer your assistance.

Here are a few tips for shorthand in pencilling.


I just wanted to thank you for the dressage comp last weekend.

I thought you might like some feedback from a ‘dressage virgin’.

By far, the best thing about the day, and its greatest asset are the people. Everyone was so friendly and supportive and (to my surprise) I knew a lot of them already. It was all very relaxed and not at all what I expected from a dressage competition.

I found the sport itself a very valuable training tool for that horse that I had borrowed. And I will continue to ride him in that fashion and try to improve his carriage and ability.

I am still unsure where to go from here. I would definitely do another of those dressage days though! It was challenging and a good test of the amount of effort you put in at home, and for that reason I appreciate the challenge.

So, thank you to you and your team for a great day out last Sunday, I look forward getting back there again next time and seeing how far I can get this horse to progress down the dressage path.

Thanks for your support.


Dressage Tests: EA & WE

For all current EA dressage tests and rules, refer to the Equestrian Australia page.

For Working Equitation dressage tests and rules, refer to the Working Equitation Down Under Inc page.

Informative Links

Guide for Pencillers (including Abbreviations)

EA Dressage Rules

Berry Riding Club strongly advises riders and officials to be familiar with the current Rules of Dressage as stipulated by EA.

 EA Dressage Rules

Resources for Officials

News from DNSW

Dressage NSW (DNSW) is the controlling body for dressage riding in the State of NSW. It is committed to the development and promotion of the sport from junior level to Olympic representation. It seeks to improve all aspects of competition to internationally accepted levels and provides a comprehensive service to its members.

Dressage NSW (DNSW)

Dressage NSW (DNSW) Calendar of Events

Interesting & Informative Articles

Read more articles at John Kohnke’s Website

Types of Dressage Competitions

1. Training Competitions

“Introductory, Training, T-shirt days” or other suitably named competitions can be offered to the Club members using EA Dressage tests.

Only current financial Members of the Club and EA may take part in these types of competitions.

The entry form must clearly indicate that the above “Introductory, Training or other” competition may be judged by persons who are not EA Accredited Judges e.g. they may be riders, coaches or other suitably experienced people who in the Club’s opinion, are worthy for the task.

Berry Riding Club Inc. only conducts “Dressage Training Competitions”.

To compete at our Dressage Training Competitions riders do not need to be a member of the EA – NSW (Equestrian Australia – NSW branch).

Riders are encouraged to wear our Club t-shirt on these days. It is not a requirement to either plait your horse or wear a jacket at our competition days however riders are requested to present themselves and their horse to the judge neat and tidy.

At our “Training Competitions” training or beginner Judges who need an opportunity to practice their judging may be officiating on the day. We encourage all judges to become accredited with the EA and to join Dressage NSW.

Our Club runs Training Competitions in accordance to EA Dressage Rules where applicable, taking particular care to follow safety regulations for events, as set at out in the Dressage Rule Book and the “Affiliated Club” EA insurance policy.

2. Associate Competitions

Associate competitions are competitions offered.

  • To Club members only or
  • To all EA members

However, in both cases, EA accredited judges must be used as per the EA Dressage Rule Book (Rule 2.10)

It is a requirement by the EA that Berry Riding Club Inc. conduct one Associate Event per year. Each year our club will choose to conduct an associate dressage competition or an associate Showjumping competition or both.

3. Official Competitions

Official competitions are competitions open to all EA Members. EA accredited judges must be used as per the EA Dressage Rule Book (Rule 2.2).

Results from all Official competitions are sent to the EA for the grading of horses. For a better understanding of Grading Points refer to the Dressage Rules found on the “Discipline” section of this website. Copies of Official results are also sent to Dressage NSW.

At this stage Berry Riding Club Inc. does not conduct Official Competitions. Competitors who wish to gain grading points can do so by joining one of the nearby clubs: Shoalhaven Dressage Club, South Coast Equestrian Club, Eurobodalla Dressage Club and Bowral Dressage Club.

Get in touch

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We love to receive feedback with suggestions on how to continue providing riding fun and good experiences.

Please note - we are not a riding school, and do not provide horses for lessons or instruction. If you wish to go riding and do not have your own horse, we recommend you contact a local riding school. The closest is Regal Riding School at Shoalhaven Heads.

Email: BRC Secretary info@berryridingclub.com

Mobile: 0410 506 143 (text is best)



Where to find us?

50 Schofields Lane, Berry, NSW 2535, Australia

Berry Riding Club