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Dressage Letters

I am in the process of putting up dressage letters in my arena for markers. Can you please tell me what they are (AKEHCMBF)?, and at what dimensions in the arena they should be, "A" starts where etc? Thank you for your help.

Warm regards,
Laurie Messner
CHA Instructor


Hi Laurie,

To use Dressage letters in a regular riding arena, you will space them the same way they would be placed in a Dressage arena, only the dimensions will not be the standard for Dressage. The purpose is to simply give a road map to your arena so you can give clear directives to students and they can have a visual marker for making circles, serpentines and other school figures.

For placement of the letters, first start at the short ends of your arena. Place A in the middle of one short end and C in the middle of the other. Then place E and B in the middle of the long sides, so that going clockwise around the arena, you'll have A,E,C,B. K-H and M-F are your markers for the diagonal lines. Place two of them on the long sides, halfway between the middle mark (E&B) and the corners. When you are finished, the letters will be in this order going clockwise: A,K,E,H,C,M,B,F. A&C on the short sides and three letters on each long side (K-E-H on one side and M-B-F on the other long side).

For folks that need help remembering the letters, use this little saying, "All King Edward's Horses Can Make Big Fences." It is not entirely known why we use these particular letters or what they stand for, but they sure come in handy for marking your arena. Also, the riding tests at the end of each level in the CHA Composite Horsemanship Manual use Dressage letters to delineate the pattern. Good luck and enjoy your new and improved arena!