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Dressage Judge Blog No. 27. Additional rules and recommendations for Grand Prix choreography design. Be careful with the steepness of your trot and canter half passes.

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January 16, 2018

Dressage Judge Blog No. 27. Additional rules and recommendations for Grand Prix choreography design. Be careful with the steepness of your trot and canter half passes.

Sometimes when judging we see that some riders avoid the minimum required steepness of a required GP half pass in the trot or in the canter work.

Please remember what the Guidelines say about this: If the steepness of the half passes (trot and/or canter) is easier that in the Gran Prix, and let´s say they are similar to a Saint George or Intermediate 1 level, even if the “angles of half passes are at the rider’s discretion” if they are “shown below the steepness of the relevant standard tests, will be regarded as very easy” and then judges will deduct on your score for degree of difficulty and choreography marks.

You also have to remember that “Travers and renvers are allowed as additional part of the choreography but do not substitute the requested half passes”.

On the other hand, if your half passes are deep enough and you perform them well and you combine them with difficult transitions, before or after, your score for degree of difficulty should go higher accordingly and remember when you introduce difficulties, the movements and or the combinations, must be performed for at least a 7, for the judges to accept the difficulty. Therefore, add difficulties only when you are sure than harmony and a correct technical execution will not be compromise.

And finally, if your trot and passage half passes and not clearly different, do not put them together, because the judges will not know clearly when you started each of them and you probably will have a low technical mark for the movements and also for the choreography.

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