How to Remember Letters in a Riding Arena

When taking lessons, doing flatwork, attending clinics or doing a dressage test, a rider should know where the letters are situated in a riding arena. This will prevent the rider from looking for the letter around the arena while riding. This is distracting, especially if the rider is looking for an invisible letter.


A dressage arena that is 20 metres by 60 meters has 12 visible letters around the outside and 5 invisible letters down the centreline.


A dressage arena that is 20 meters by 40 meters has 8 visible letters around the outside and 3 invisible letters down the centreline.

A is where the athletes enter, X is in the middle of the arena, and C is where the judges sit.



20 metre x 40 metre arena

Visible letters going clockwise can be remembered by saying:


All

Keen

Engaged

Horses

Can

Move

Big &

Fancy


All

Keen

Engaged

Horses

Can

Move

Beautifully

Forward


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Can

Manage

Big

Fences


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Carried

Many

Brave

Fighters


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Can

Move

Beautifully

Forward


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Can

Make

Big

Farts


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Can

Move

Bloody

Fast


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Canter

Merrily

By

France


All

King

Edwards

Horses

Can

Make

Beautiful

Foals



Invisible letters down the centre line from A going to C can be remembered by saying:

Do

Xtra

Good


20 metre x 60 metre arena


Visible letters going clockwise can be remembered by saying:

All

King

Victor's

Exceptionally

Stunning

Horses

Can

Manage

Really

Big

Plastic

Fences

All

King

Victor's

Exceptionally

Stunning

Horses

Can

Make

Really

Big

Pretty

Foals


All

King

Victor's

Exceptionally

Stunning

Horses

Can

Move

Really

Big

Prancing

Freely


All

King

Victor's

Exceptionally

Stunning

Horses

Can

Make

Really

Beautiful

Prancing

Foals



All

King

Victor's

Expensive

Show

Horses

Can

Make

Really

Big

Pongy

Farts

Invisible letters down the centre line from A going to C can be remembered by saying:

Doing

Lots

Xtra

Is

Good



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