DG Bar Cup for Young Dressage Horses

| December 6, 2013

The DG Bar Cup is sponsored by DG Bar Ranch and is a competition for three-, four-, five/six- and seven/eight year old horses. Gaits, rideability, balance, rhythm, suppleness and the ability to collect and extend are some of the factors that are considered as the horses perform. Entrants may sign up for either the IBOP or the DG Bar Cup, or for both.


Open to three-, four- and five/six and seven/eight year old horses registered in the KWPN Foalbook, Studbook, Register A and Register B.

Tests for three-, four- and five/six-year old horses:
a ringmaster will call the test. Up to three horses will be shown in the ring at the same time. The jury will ask the riders to show movements as outlined and evaluate the performance of horses and riders for ten (10) minutes.

Three- to six-year-old horses signed up for both the DG Bar Cup and Dressage IBOP, will be scored for Part 2 of the IBOP and the DG Bar Cup at the same time. This is not the case for seven/eight-year-old horses.

Horses are shown at the walk, trot and canter. Gaits will account for 60% of the total score with an additional 40% for self-carriage, suppleness, submission, ability to collect and talent for dressage.

Ribbons through sixth place in each age group will be awarded at each keuring location. After the entire keuring tour is over, the top five horses scoring over 60% in each age group will be mailed a DG Bar Cup blanket. Additionally cash awards ($500 to the Champion, $250 to the Reserve Champion) will be divided between the breeder and owner of the winning horses. Overall Champions in each age group are honored at the awards dinner during the KWPN-NA Annual Meeting where the Champions receive their prize money and trophy.

Arena size: The DG Bar Cup is performed in a small arena, 20 x 40 meters.

Groups: Three-, Four-, and Five/Six Year Old horses will be shown in groups of 2-4 horses

Three Year Olds – will be shown at trot, canter and walk in that order.

  • Canter on a 20 meter circle.

New as of 2014
7/8-Yr Old Horse Test

  1. A enter collected trot. X halt and salute.
  2. Proceed collected trot. C track right.
  3. M–X–K change rein medium trot.
  4. F to M shoulder-in left.
  5. C down centerline.
  6. G to F half pass left.
  7. K to H shoulder-in right.
  8. C down centerline.
  9. G to K half pass right.
  10. F–X–H change rein extended trot.
  11. C medium walk.
  12. M–X–K change rein extended walk.
  13. Over X transition to collected walk (¼ line to ¼ line) proceed in extended walk.
  14. K to A medium walk.
  15. A collected canter left lead.
  16. F to M extended canter.
  17. H to D half pass left.
  18. A track left.
  19. Before B very collected canter. At B ¼ pirouette left.
  20. At E ¼ pirouette left proceed collected canter.
  21. 21. F–X–H change rein flying change of lead near X.
  22. M to D half pass right.
  23. A track right.
  24. Before E very collected canter. At E ¼ pirouette.
  25. t B ¼ pirouette right proceed collected canter.
  26. K to H extended canter.
  27. M–X–K change rein flying change near X.
  28. A down centerline. X halt and salute.

Four Year Olds – will be shown at trot, canter and walk in that order.

  • Trot: 20m circle in both directions. Leg yield both directions.
  • Canter: 20m circle. Medium canter on the long side.
  • Walk: lengthening of the walk, stretching of the neck.

Five/Six Year Olds –  will be shown at trot, canter and walk in that order.

  • Shoulder in, two times in each direction for at least 20 meters.
  • 12–15 meter circle with stretching of the neck.
  • Special emphasis will be given to transitions and a little more collection will be expected.


Horses will be scored as follows:

  • 20 points per gait (walk, trot  and canter).
  • 10 points for self-carriage.
  • 10 points for suppleness.
  • 10 points for submission.
  • 10 points for talent.

Seven/Eight Year Olds – will be shown individually in a developing horse style test. This test is totally unrelated to the IBOP.


  • 10 points for the walk
  • 20 points each for the trot and canter
  • 20 points for the ability to extend and collect
  • 20 points for submission and rideability
  • 10 points for self-carriage and suppleness

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