If you’ve ever found learning a dressage test make you want to take up a different sport, you’re not alone. That’s why dressage rider and coach Tracy-Anne Ormrod and her husband used their professional expertise in IT solutions to help. They set about developing an app to help riders learn dressage tests. The duo’s ‘TestPro’ dressage app is now used by dressage and event riders around the world. They have some brilliant features that set them apart from the competition. So, what are those features? Here are five things you might not know that the TestPro apps can do:
They are interactive, so you can learn by ‘drawing’ your test
We all learn in different ways. For some, having a test read to them is ideal. For others, they need to see if and draw it for themselves. The TestPro apps enable you to read the different test movements, then watch the test being ‘drawn’ in front of you. Then, you can try to draw it out for yourself. The first few times you are running through the entire test you might need another amazing feature – the app will give you a hint when you hesitate. There’s never been an interactive dressage test app before, so TestPro are well ahead of the field!
The app will even read out your test
Have you ever had to persuade a friend, coach or your other half to sit on the arena fence and call out your next moves? That isn’t always possible, and during lockdown it was even trickier when some yards staggered the number of people on site at any one time…Well, when you have the TestPro app in your pocket, you can learn on your own! You can either play the test through your smartphone speakers or pop in a pair of wireless headphones whilst you practice in the saddle. You could even run through your test ‘hands free’ on the morning dog walk or when you’re mucking out!
It works on both smartphones and tablets
The team behind the TestPro series of apps have decades of experience in bringing IT solutions to reality. It’s sage to say they have certainly succeeded with their series of dressage test-learning apps. TestPro apps are available on smartphones and tablets. That means you can learn in the saddle and then when you’re on the sofa later on in the evening. The apps are thoroughly tested and have thousands of users around the world, so you can be sure this is a training tool that really will make a difference.
The apps automatically update with any changes to tests and new tests
TestPro apps are fully licensed by different countries’ governing bodies in eventing and dressage. Tracy and her team are in constant contact with the staff there for any new tests. Whenever there’s a change or update to the tests, the apps automatically update. You might have a million other things to think about, but you’ll have learnt the most up-to-date test!
There are TestPro apps for different countries and disciplines
The TestPro team is on a mission – to help every rider who needs to learn a dressage test do it in the easiest and most stress-free way possible! That’s why they are constantly innovating with new tests and liaising with more governing bodies around the world. This summer they launched TestPro USEF, with the dressage tests for eventers competing in US afflicted competitions. This joined the existing apps for British Dressage, British Eventing, the US Dressage Federation, FEI Dressage, FEI Para Dressage, FEI Eventing and Dressage Ireland.
To find out more about the TestPro dressage apps, why not head to their website? Just click here: Dressage TestPro.