National level dressage competition is governed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). USEF/USDF creates the five levels of “national” tests: Training Level, First Level, Second Level, Third Level and Fourth Level. International level tests can also be ridden at national level competitions.

USDF develops Introductory Level tests and specialized tests for musical freestyle, and sport horse breeding and tests for multiple horses and riders known as quadrille and pas de deux.