Hi! Im from Finland and we have both open classes and different categories, the rules go quite well hand in hand with FEI rules.
Open classes on a club to national level are: easy D(only walk and trott), easy C(all gaits), easy B, easy A, advanced B and advanced A, then it goes to international classes (inter, st george, gp etc.). We also have different categories: Childern, Ponies, Juniors, YR and Seniors (im not sure if we have U25), in these categories we either use FEI tests or national tests, depending on the level of the competition (club/regional/national). Usually riders start at easy C and work their way up but you can compete all the way to regional level easy A without having to qualify. I’m a show jumper/eventer so im not too invested in our dressage rules😄
Hi! I'm from Portugal, here we have 4 levels before the international levels (St George and Grand Prix)!
Each level has 3 tests that we do along the season, the test 1 is easier then test 3.
Preliminary (P) - is for 4 yo horses, is very simple test, it has the 3 gaits.
Elementary (E) - is for 5 yo horses, it has some halts, leg yielding and rein back
Medium (M) - is for 6 yo, it has some shoulder in, half pass (in the test 3) and some transitions from canter to walk
Complementary (C) - for 7 yo, it has flying changes and some exercises preparing for St George!
Usually less experienced riders start on the P level and go up!
Hope it answers
Hi Juliette 😁
In Poland it’s divided into various degrees of difficulty from the easiest to the most difficult.
L class- those programs are very easy. You have to present walk, medium walk, working trot, volte.
P class- the same as L and also side walk, extended trot.
N class- the same as L, P but here very important is collection of horse. There are some figures like pirouette in walk, halfpas, extended trot, counter canter.
C class- apart from figures from previous classes there is also flying changes. The most important is harmony, arched horse’s back and the lightness of the figures.
I am from France so I can tell you how it is here 🙂 I mostly compete in showjumping but I did some dressage shows and judging too.
Classes are divided in 3 big categories: "club & ponies" for pony competitions and school horses mostly (it's usually to begin competitions), "amateur" which is like an intermediary level, and then "professional".
In each of these categories you have different level (from the "easiest" to the strongest: club 4, club 3, club 2, club 1, club élite, poney 4, poney 3,... / amateur 4, amateur 4..../ pro 4, pro 3,...)
and different types of classes (Grand Prix and Preliminary mostly just like in international competitions)
Feel free to ask if you have any questions and it would be a pleasure to learn more about how it works in Poland!