How big is a 20m circle in dressage?
In dressage terms, circles are defined by their diameter in meters rather than feet. A dressage arena is 20 meters wide (65.6′) by either 40 (121.3′) or 60 meters (197′) long. Therefore, when you ride a circle with a diameter that is the width of the arena, you are riding a 20-meter circle.
What size are dressage arenas?
The standard dressage arena is 20 meters wide by 60 meters long, and it is required equipment for the performance of First Level Test 1 and higher. The letters around the exterior start at the opening of the arena on the centerline and (moving clockwise) are A, K, V, E, S, H, C, M, R, B, P and F.
How many feet is a small dressage arena?
The dimensions of a standard dressage arena are 20 x 60 meters or approximately 66 x 198 feet. Some opt for a smaller dressage arena of 20 x 40 meters or 66 x 132. Others opt for a multi-purpose arena and build it to accommodate full jump courses.
How do you remember the letters in a dressage arena?
With this in mind, here are a few sayings that are used to easily remember the perimeter letters of an arena.
- 20 metre x 40 metre arena.
- All King Edwards Horses Carried Many Brave Fighters.
- All King Edwards Horses Can Manage Big Fences.
- A Fat Black Mother Cat Had Eleven Kittens.
- All Fat Brown Mares Can Hardly Ever Kick.
What size should an arena be?
#2: Arena Size Matters Generally speaking, dressage arenas are smaller than those designed for jumping. A competition sized standard dressage arena is 20 meters by 60 meters (12,915 square feet) while a jumping arena may need to be 100′ by 200′ (20,000 square feet) to accommodate a full course.
How big is a horse arena?
According to experts, the minimum dimensions for an average horse arena should be no less than 60′ in width and interior heights ranging from 16′ to 18′ measuring ground up to the peak of the trusses. The recommended horse arena sizes are as follows: 80′ wide x 200′ long and 60′ wide by 120′ long.
How many circles can you fit in a 20 meter arena?
As a result of this new geometry, you can fit only two 20-meter circles in the arena without overlapping (unlike the large arena, in which you can fit three). This smaller space poses new challenges to your riding as many of your movements and figures will come up more quickly than if you were riding in a large arena.
What is the size of a small dressage arena?
The small dressage arena is 20 meters wide by 40 meters long—20 meters shorter than the large arena (see diagram below). The corner letters are still 6 meters from their respective short sides. However, B and E now sit 14 meters (not 12) from those corner letters.
How claustrophobic is it to ride in a small arena?
Instead of 30 meters from B/E to the corner, you now have only 20 meters before arriving at the short side. You will notice that things can seem quite claustrophobic inside the small arena until you get comfortable with the space and how to ride your figures and movements, especially if you are on a larger horse.
How far apart are the corner letters on a horse arena?
The corner letters are still 6 meters from their respective short sides. However, B and E now sit 14 meters (not 12) from those corner letters. As a result of this new geometry, you can fit only two 20-meter circles in the arena without overlapping (unlike the large arena, in which you can fit three).