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Ride a More Accurate Dressage Test

Better accuracy means better marks, with Cara Whitham.

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By: Alison King |

With FEI 5* judging credentials in both dressage and eventing, few officials in the world are more qualified to evaluate a dressage test than Canada’s Cara Whitham of Stoney Creek, ON. And according to Whitham, focusing on accuracy in the test is good way to not only maximize your scores in the show ring, but to improve your skills as a rider. “Accuracy, when ridden in a fluid, harmonious manner, shows that a horse is completely on the rider’s aids and in good self-carriage,” Whitham says. “The rider has full control of where they want to go, at what speed or power, and where they want to perform specific lines and transitions. Remember, each movement is first evaluated by the Training Scale; only if this is correctly presented can accuracy then be evaluated.” Whitham says problems may stem from a lack of good education on how to ride the movements…

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