First Level Dressage

A Complete Guide to Compete with Confidence

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By the end of this course, you will be prepared to ride down the centerline at First Level! This course will give you a complete understanding of what is required at First Level and how to train your horse to compete at this level.


The course starts with an introduction to "the purpose" of First Level, the movements required at First Level, the gaits, and what the judges are looking for and how they will be scoring you. This will help you assess what you need to work on to get ready for First Level and also the new expectations that the judges have at First Level. First Level is a stepping stone between Training Level (very basic) and Second Level dressage (where collection is first introduced).


The course then goes over the 3 First Level Tests (2019 version) and gives a movement by movement commentary on what the rider should be thinking and doing in each movement. The First Level tests are much more complex than Training Level so this section is helpful to see and learn the patterns and the geometry that is required in first level.


The final section of the course breaks down the difficult movements and helps the rider understand how to teach the horse to preform each individual movement. First Level has leg-yields, counter canter, stretch circles, trot and canter lengthenings and MORE, so this section breaks down those movements and helps you introduce them to your horse. The course also includes a section on the collective marks, rider mindset, and the warm up.


The "Final Exam" for this course is for you to submit a video of you riding a First Level test and Amelia will score the test and give you comments and feedback. This is a great way to practice for your first show and make sure that you have a fun and successful debut at First Level! This course is designed to get YOU ready to make the leap up to First Level. With the proper tools and education it is possible to get there! Now is the time, don't wait to commit to train and compete First Level this year!







Your Instructor


Amelia Newcomb
Amelia Newcomb

As a dressage trainer, my goal is to make good training accessible to everyone who is interested in learning. I want to help YOU "learn to love your ride!"

~ Amelia

Amelia works to develop a trusting and confident relationship between horse and rider. Using elements from both natural horsemanship and classical dressage, Amelia creates a holistic approach to dressage training that adapts to fit the needs of each individual horse and rider. Starting with basic groundwork and progressing to the Grand Prix, Amelia emphasizes trust, understanding, and relaxation for both horse and rider.

Amelia also enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. “I have been blessed with many great teachers in my career and I hope to help each and every one of my students develop a connection and solid relationship with their horses.” A passionate dressage trainer, with a goal of reaching and helping a larger number of riders than one-on-one in-person training allows, Amelia has expanded her training program to the online community.

“I see online dressage training as the future. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an amazing dressage trainer in their backyard. Amelia’s Dressage Academy provides monthly workshops and in-depth masterclasses, which can provide a map for progress in your dressage journey!”

– Amelia

Amelia Newcomb is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, and a member of the prestigious USEF Dressage Development Program. She has trained and competed close to 50 horses in almost 500 competitions, and has trained several horses that she started as youngsters all the way up to the Grand Prix. Amelia hopes one day to compete internationally and to represent the United States at the Olympics.

Amelia Newcomb Dressage is based in Somis, California, where Amelia offers complete and correct dressage training from breaking the young horse through the FEI level.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. This way you can pace yourself to be ready for your first competition at first level!!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Am I at the right level for this course?
This course is designed for horses and riders of all levels! We work to break things down and focus on the basics in such a way that the horse and rider can both be successful and make progress.

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