Recovering from Mistakes in the Dressage Ring

It’s important to know your test really well. There are parts on every test where marks are fairly easy to get. For example, in the Prix St. Georges test there is a movement at K where you are asked to make a walk-canter transition. That single transition is worth the same mark as five three-tempis across the diagonal. If you do lose marks in one area, you have the chance to make them up with a strong performance elsewhere in the test. Know the coefficients in each test. At training level, movements such as the free walk and the stretch circle carry a coefficient of two. In Prix St. Georges there are coefficients on the trot half-passes, collected and extended walks, and canter pirouettes. While mistakes in those sections will be costly, they can also be a valuable source of additional marks when performed well. No matter whether you are…

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