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post #1 of 7 Old 05-27-2013, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Phase Question

I will be attending my first schooling event at Inavale this weekend :) I have a question about the dressage phase... I understand that the judge will blow a whistle or bell and you then have 45 seconds to enter the ring, and most riders choose to ride outside the ring before entering. So how do you know when you are allowed to start riding outside the ring? Is it after the competitor before you leaves the ring?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 PM
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The gate steward will let you in when you are allowed. Make sure if your number is one that hooks to your bridle you have it on where te judge can see it depending on which way you are tracking.
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Thanks for the answer :) I will make sure to pay attention to who is going before me so I can be ready to go...
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-27-2013, 11:13 PM
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I end gate at a lot of Sarah's shows, and I keep my riders informed three horses ahead, they likely will.
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Good luck to your girls! Hope you all have fun :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-28-2013, 03:01 PM
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usually you can start riding around the outside after they halt and salute. But there will be a gate person you can ask.

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There will be a ring steward to tell you when and where you can do your trot around, and also they'll usually specify whether it's a whistle or bell or horn to signal your ring. Sometimes you'll be instructed to ride your warm up lap inside the ring, sometimes outside, it just depends. Usually you can enter or start to trot around after the rider before you had saluted and started to walk on a loose rein. Don't be scared to ask if you're not sure, you should also plan to be warmed up and arrive at your ring a few riders before you, so you have a few minutes to acclimate your horse, have a trot around, and watch the rider or two before you to see how things go.

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