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Dressage Arena Terminology from training DVD

the dressage arena can be 25 40 or 60

meters by 20 meters throughout this DVD

we will be using a 60 by 20 meter arena

the 60 meter side is called the long

side the 20 meter side is called the

short side each long side has five

markers these are spaced six meters from

the end of the arena and then 12 meters

apart each short side has one marker 10

meters from the long side each marker is

identified by a letter the centreline

letters are not marked but a shown here

with distances the four that is at the

ends of the long side are called the

quarter markers the arena can be divided

long ways with three parallel lines five

meters apart the center line is 10

meters from the long side and joins a

and C the quarter line is aligned five

meters from the long side closest to the

rider shown here three quarter line is

designed five meters in from the long

side serviced from the rider shown here

the quarter and three quarter lines are

always referenced from the riders

position on the long side

the 10

side while riding on the arena track

refers to the side of the rider closest

to the centerline the turn outside while

riding on the large arena tracks refers

to the side closest to the arena edge

the turn inside while riding on a circle

refers to the side closest to the center

of the circle to turn outside while

riding on a circle refers to the side

serviced from the center of the circle

left rein refers to the direction the

riders heading around the arena or

circle to the left right rein refers to

the direction the rider is heading

around the arena or circle to the right

to fire the circle means the rider would

automatically write a 20 meter circle

which is the full width of the arena

unless instructed to ride a smaller

circle

tangent points are the four points that

represent the quarters of a circle the

writer visualizes these to help write an

accurate circle run following the arena

track or to go large means the rider

would finish the school figure and ride

around the edge of the arena

to change the

rain means a rider changes directions

eg changing from left to right rain