Bitless bridle breakthroughs: Dutch, South African and Canadian rule changes
The KNHS (Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation) have four classes of basic dressage. In 2008, they initiated a probationary three-year trial of bitless dressage. In 2014, bitless bridles were approved for the first two levels of dressage, the ‘Beginner’ and ‘Light’ classes. After two years, the good news is that, in April 2016, bitless approval will be extended to the third level, ‘Middle.’
Also in 2016, the Showing Association of South Africa (SASA) has officially announced that, for a trial period of 1 year (from 1 January 2016), bitless bridles will be allowed in Training, Newcomer and SASA Riding horse classes for mares and geldings, ridden by adults.
In 2015, 4H in New Brunswick, Canada approved bitless bridles for all their competitions.