Frequently Asked Questions

As a dressage nonprofit, we get many questions from riders, benefactors, and the public about our mission.
Here are some common questions along with our answers.
Dressage is a form of horse training and competition where horse and rider perform a series of movements, showcasing their harmony and precision.

In dressage competitions, the basic gaits are walk, trot, and canter. Each of these has their own variations in speed and collection.

Essential equipment includes a dressage saddle, bridle, helmet, dressage coat, white breeches, gloves, and tall boots.

Levels range from Introductory and Training to advanced FEI levels, each building on more complex movements.

Dressage is judged on the accuracy, smoothness, and harmony of the movements, as well as the rider’s position and the horse’s responsiveness.

The goal of dressage is to develop a horse’s athletic ability and willingness to work, resulting in a harmonious partnership between horse and rider.

We host a variety of events, including competitions, fundraisers, educational workshops, and community outreach programs.

You can find information about upcoming events on our website, social media pages, or by subscribing to our newsletter.

Yes, our events are open to the public, and we encourage everyone with an interest in dressage to attend.

To volunteer for our events, please visit our website for more information or contact us directly to express your interest.

Yes, we offer various sponsorship opportunities for our events. Please contact us to learn more about how you can become a sponsor.

Registration details for our events can be found on our website. Follow the instructions provided to secure your spot.

You can donate online through our website, by mail, or by contacting us directly for more information on other donation methods.

Yes, all donations to the Rama Dressage Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Yes, you can set up monthly or yearly recurring donations through our online donation platform.

We accept all manner of donations including one-time gifts, recurring donations, planned gifts, and corporate sponsorships.

Donations support scholarships, training programs, competition expenses, and the care and maintenance of our horses and facilities.

Yes, you can make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one, and we will acknowledge your tribute accordingly.

To become a part of our foundation, apply through our website or contact us directly for more information on the process and requirements.

We support riders of various age groups, from beginners to advanced levels, providing tailored programs to suit different skill levels and ages.

Our Partner Organizations provide young rider training programs that comply with our strict standards.  Available experiences vary based on farm needs.  As an applicant to RDF, you will review the Participating Organizations and have an opportunity to identify which type of program you are most interested in.

No, owning a horse is not required. As an RDF Young Rider, you will work with a Partner Organization that will provide the horses and training program you will participate in.

Yes, we offer scholarships to help cover training, competition fees, and other related expenses. Information can be found on our website.

To participate in competitions, you can join our training programs, and our coaches will guide you through the preparation and entry process.