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Dressage Judge Blog No. 21. How can a ride with a 4-beat canter earn high scores? Are judges only penalizing bad walks?

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November 24, 2017

Dressage scoring explained by Cesar Torrente No. 21.

How can a ride with a 4-beat canter earn high scores? Are judges only penalizing bad walks?

This question was asked to me several times during the past weekend and I thought that it would be an excellent subject to comment on in this Blog.

As I have mentioned before, the base of the training pyramid is rhythm and therefore it is the first issue that a judge must confront before giving a mark.

Therefore, the purity of the gaits must always be taken into consideration, especially now that the FEI is moving towards the elimination of the mark for gaits.

In classical dressage training we must all seek that the horse maintains the regularity of his paces and that he enhances his movements.

Therefore, if a canter loses its 3-beat rhythm the mark cannot be higher that 4. Obviously, this would apply only if the entire movement is performed losing the rhythm and judges may not be too severe if it is only momentarily.

In some tests, the walk and the trot may be of superb quality and therefore the final result may be somewhere on the satisfactory line.

Bun in any case we must all work towards a training, riding and judging that preserves the rhythm and purity of the gates. Any deviation must be penalized.

 

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