Dressage Competition

 

Combined Driving – Dressage Competition

Phase II of the Dressage Competition in Combined Driving.

 
Lusitano-Dressage CompetitionPhase II in Combined Driving is the Dressage Competition.   The lower level competitions are judged by one judge who is stationed at the “C” position in the arena.   Each carriage team is required to execute sixteen different moves.   On the professional circuit five judges, located in different places within the arena, follow every movement the carriage team makes.   The carriage teams must execute a minimum of twenty five movements.   Among these are different size circles, figure eights, diagonal crossing, collected trot, walking trot, extended trot, canter, rein back and halt remaining immobile.
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Lusitano-Dressage CompetitionEvery move must be made to look effortless and harmonious.   When more than one horse is participating they must all move at the same time and rhythm.   If you look at the horse and carriage from the side there seems only to be one horse and not two, one besides the other.   Every turn they make must also flow as the first pair of horses starts to swing to one or the other side the next one should follow in an orderly calm fashion.   There should not be any jerking of the halters and gear or getting out of the line or tracks left by the preceding horses.
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Lusitano-Dressage CompetitionIn the horse and rider professional competition, using the voice as an aid is not acceptable.   In the combined driving competition the driver can use his voice moderately.   He is not allowed to shout at the horses.   He can only speak to them as quietly as possible.   Excessive use of the whip is also unacceptable.   When used it must not be used with force or with the intent to punish.   The horses and carriage must move through the arena making their moves and showing off like a group of ballet dancers performing for the audience.
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