9 tips from the top to help you ride the perfect leg-yield

Here are some great pointers from five-star eventer Kate Honey (pictured) to help you tackle leg-yielding with your horse — not only can this lateral movement be found in some dressage tests, but it can also be used as a useful training tool.

1. Make sure your horse is straight down both reins

2. Make sure your horse willingly moves away from your leg in each direction

3. Then ride down the three-quarter line and move your horse away from your inside leg towards the fence line/arena edge

4. Make sure your horse stays straight or with a slight inside flexion

5. Keep the outside rein so you don’t loose your horse’s outside shoulder

6. Make sure your weight is even in both stirrups and you are sitting straight

7. Look to where you are going

8. To begin with, a few steps at a time is all you need ask for — then check your straightness and ask for the leg-yield again

9. Teach your horse to move away from the fence to the three-quarter or centre line as well as to the fence so they don’t learn to rely on the fence for support

Now you’ve got that advice in mind, take a look at these dressage competitions available to enter where you can put this into practice…

British Dressage

Date: 4 May
Venue: Reaseheath College, Nantwich
Details: “This competition has classes ranging from prelim to prix st georges with a range of qualifiers.”
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Unaffiliated dressage

Date: 5 May
Venue: Lime Kiln Farm Equestrian Centre, Fakenham
Details: “This competition has classes from intro to elementary with Trailblazers qualifiers too.”
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British Dressage and unaffiliated dressage

Date: 5 May
Venue: Inchcoonans Competition & Livery Yard, Errol
Details: “This competition has affiliated and unaffiliated classes ranging between intro and elementary with My Quest and Team Quest classes too.”
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Mid-week morning dressage

Date: 8 May
Venue: Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, Cam
Details: “This competition has unaffiliated classes ranging between intro and elementary.”
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Unaffiliated evening dressage

Date: 10 May
Venue: Urchinwood Manor Riding & Event Centre, Bristol
Details: “This unaffiliated competition features classes from intro to novice, starting at 5pm with rosettes to sixth place.”
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British Dressage

Date: 12 May
Venue: Field House, Staffordshire
Details: “This show has affiliated classes ranging between prelim and advanced medium, plus a pick your own test class.”
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Visit equo.co.uk for full competition and training listings