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post #1 of 14 Old 01-31-2010, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Driven Dressage

I have been mainly showing breed shows with my 4 year old miniature stallion but have gotten bored with just walking and trotting around the arena rail and I am tired of those biased breed show judges too! I really have considered doing CDE. It looks like a lot of fun, but right now I am only interested in doing the dressage part. Can you just do one event or do you have to do all of them? I am a REAL newbie about CDE so I know I sound pretty stupid right now. I also want to know if my stallion is capable of doing it. He is 32", and I was wondering if that was too small? I have been told in the past that larger minis are better for CDE. I would like someone to eveluate his confromation and let me know what they think of him and if he would be suitable for dressage. He has several championships in halter, but I know they look for different things in halter than you would in a dressage ring. He is very forward , but does tend to be behind the vertical a lot when I have contact on the reins. Any way here he is, it's okay to pick him apart, I don't mind!





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post #2 of 14 Old 02-01-2010, 01:29 PM
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Get on the american driving society web site. Yes you can just do dressage and not the other. You might like the pleasure classes and gamblers choice too. This will be my 1st yr showing ADS
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Okay thanks. I just thought of another question. I know they use little gig type carts in CDE but at this time I can't afford to buy a new cart. I have a pleasure cart (as seen above) would that be okay to use for lower level dressage? Or would I be marked down? I also have just a basic easy entry training cart too, but it's not as pretty.
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Okay thanks. I just thought of another question. I know they use little gig type carts in CDE but at this time I can't afford to buy a new cart. I have a pleasure cart (as seen above) would that be okay to use for lower level dressage? Or would I be marked down? I also have just a basic easy entry training cart too, but it's not as pretty.
For dressage they have to be FEI width. Not sure what that is for your size of pony but I am sure they have that info on the site also.
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What state do you live in?
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Oregon. I have been getting some infromation on index and it has really helped me. They only talk about meadowbrook type carts however.
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Oregon. I have been getting some infromation on index and it has really helped me. They only talk about meadowbrook type carts however.
I purchased a rule book that was very helpful.
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As far as CDE, you COULD just do dressage, but you have to pay for and enter the entire thing, so you might as well do cones and marathon, too! That's the funnest part! :) It's a TON of fun :)

I use an easy entry cart with my minis in all phases of CDEs. I do believe your show cart would be fine for dressage, except that your wheels may not be. I know the club here allows wheels like that for training level for minis, and for our one day CDEs we can use them in prelim (it's not ADS), but really CDEs require non-wire spoked rims. You'd need wheels like this: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/58/18...104364.jpg?v=0 either wood, steel, ect.

As for his size, I have two friends who do CDE with minis under 30" and do very well at it! :)

Another website to check out is www.cde4vse.com (and if you go there, the top right photo is my mini Chili Pepper and I in a water hazard :) )
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Great, thanks for the info!
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-08-2010, 01:20 AM
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Holy Crap that looks like fun O_O I don't know a single thing about driving though and no one around here does it.

I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row

Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
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