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post #1 of 13 Old 11-11-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Organizing a sucessful drill team??

Well our pony club has decided to do a drill team and were aren't so "graceful"....LOL! By not graceful I mean horses kicking each other and bodyslamming going down the centerline (gotta love Kyle ). We are going to add music once we get it down, so heres the pattern-

Trot down center line (double file, 3 rows)
Split to walls
20 meter circle at B
Thread the needle (correct?) at F
And then continuing the pattern twice


That's all we have so far...
I don't really have a question, I just wanted to share. If you have any tips I'd love to hear them!

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-11-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Who else is in a not so graceful drill team?
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Hey that's cool. I've done a quadrille before, plus a couple freestyles and a pas de deux. I really enjoy doing this kind of work...creating my own test and then putting it to music. If you have any specific questions I'd love to help. I choreography music for myself, plus for others as well. I've done all the research on the USDF rules for musical riding...so if you have any super-technical questions again feel free to ask!

My number one tip is practice. The more people you have, the longer it's going to take to get it right. Good luck!

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Cool! Pas de deux is kind of like freestyle dressage to music, but a pair. Right? (:
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Yep!! It's a test that two people ride that you create with some required movements then set it to music. :) Wicked fun.

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I've been on a drill team!! The horses weren't so dysfunctional as some of the riders lol. This was my first year riding with the team and we performed at a local pro rodeo, it was so much fun! It'd been a dream of mine to ride in with the American flag during Grand Entry. I even got to run a few sponsor flags and had a blast.

One tip I have is to switch up the maneuvers in the routine often, formation changes seem to be the most exciting for the crowd.
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I'll have to try pas de deux sometime! (:
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Better get those ponies in shape and over their kicking...I've been apart of drill teams and let me tell you flying Mach 5 at each other for a suicide and having a horse kick at another can put a real damper on things.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-12-2012, 09:47 AM
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So if you need help with music editing...ideas and all that once you get things straightened out just message me. I have a program that I use that can be downloaded for free; it's a bit tricky to use but if really want something you can take to a show then it's really good. Or anyone else who is doing freestyles or pas de deux...

I'd actually even help you choreograph it if I had a video.

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LOL! Sounds fun(:
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