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Competitions Tests of the Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung (FN)1

Basic and Further Tests for Young Horses

Young Horse Tests These trials are exclusively intended for 3-4 year old riding horses and ponies. They will be judged on the quality of the basic gaits trot-canter-walk, type and quality of conformation and the overall impression of the horse / pony.
Suitability Tests Tests in which the horse, undergoing a wide-ranging assessment and right at the beginning of its training, is tested to identify the disciplines in which it can be used immediately. Small jumping courses, a rideability test and possibly a small cross-country trial must be passed.
Dressage Tests for Young Horses The judging committee assesses the horse according to the criteria of rideability, basic gaits, overall impression, action, conformation, impression, suppleness and elasticity of movements.
Show Jumping Tests for Young Horses The judge wants to see a fluid, harmonious clearance of the course. Aspects assessed include rideability and jumping action, basic speed and flexibility of the horse.

 Dressage Tests

Class Gaits, Tempi & Transitions Movements
E - Preliminary Test Medium walk (min. 40 m consecutive), working trot, working canter To go large, circles, changethrough the whole arena
A - Novice Test In addition to Class E: medium trot, medium canter In addition to Class E: voltes (10 m), serpentines, leg yielding, rein back
L - Elementary Test In addition to Class A: collected trot, collected canter In addition to Class A: counter canter, walk pirouette, volte in canter, simple change
M - Medium Test span lang="EN-US">In addition to Class L: extended walk, extended trot, extended canter, collected walk In addition to Class L: shoulder-in, half pass, rein-back, flying change
S - Advanced Test As in Class M In addition to Class M: canter pirouettes, tempi changes every 2, 3 and 4 strides
S - Intermediaire/ Grand Prix As in Class M In addition: piaffe, passage, tempi change every stride

Show Jumping Classes

Class Height / Spread Max water ditch spread
E - Preliminary Test 0.85 m (2'9'') /
A* - Novice Test 0.95 m (3'1'') /
A** - Novice Test 1.05 m (3'1'') 2.50 m (8'2'')
L - Elementary Test 1.15 m (3'9'') 3.00 m (9'9'')
M* - Medium Test 1.25 m (4'1'') 3.50 m (11'5'')
M** - Medium Test 1.35 m (4'5'') 4.00 m (13'1'')
S* - Advanced Test 1.40 m (4'7'') 4.10 m (13'5'')
S** - Advanced Test 1.45 m (4'9'') 4.30 m (14'1'')
S*** - Advanced Test 1.50 m (4'11'') 4.50 m (14'8'')
S**** - Advanced Test 1.55 m (5'1'') 4.50 m (14'8'')
Deviations of up to +/- 5 cm (2'') in height and -10 (4'') /+20 cm (8'') in width are permitted (any width is permitted as of advanced class).

E stands for Preliminary Test, A for Novice Test, L for Elementary Test, M for Medium Test, S for Advanced Test.    

1Heights are taken from the German FN LPO, with conversions to feet from the RuleBook 2009 .All descriptions are given as a guide only. The Gestüt RPZ Frankenhof accepts no liability for content or completeness.