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Krysie1313 01-06-2009 11:25 PM

Is there a "team Dressage" event??
I am fairly new to the dressage world. I have ridden western mostly reining and I have also ridden hunter jumping but never dressage. My boyfriend did jumping and three day eventing but his mom does dressage. He said there is some kind of dressage event that he called "side by side" dressage which he said wasn't its technical term. He said there are two horse and rider pairs doing a "duet" type of dressage pattern. He has only seen it once but we are trying to find more information about it. Has anyone heard, seen or done this? Is there a more literal name for this event? I would appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks

My Beau 01-06-2009 11:29 PM

There is pas de deux which is two people/horses. And then there is quadrille, which is with 4 people/horses. And then there are the offhand exhibitions with more than 4 people/horses.

~*~anebel~*~ 01-07-2009 12:39 AM

While not extremely common in dressage competitions in North America, pas de deux and quadrille are popular exhibition demonstrations. The horses and riders should be riding at about the same level in order to make the pattern look even.
If you are interested in riding dressage and doing a pas de deux or quadrille I would suggest finding a local dressage school and inquire about their program and see if you can fit in. Anyone can do dressage. Good luck!!

My Beau 01-07-2009 09:55 AM

[quote=~*~anebel~*~;223947]While not extremely common in dressage competitions in North America, pas de deux and quadrille are popular exhibition demonstrations. quote]

It's more common than that - it's offered at every show I have ever been to, right around the musical freestyle time. It is only cancelled sometimes due to no participants, but that can happen with any class.

acey 01-07-2009 05:04 PM

at my university competitions, due to the large number of participants, and lack of time on the day, the first round of dressage is done in threes. its really fun!

its not a team event however, we participate with team members then everyone is judged individually! but you still have to be synchronised like!!

haha it was a foggy morning!!

Pinto Pony 01-07-2009 05:10 PM

I have seen "teamed" events in dressage for Pony Club back in Australia. Usually it was only a pair of riders in the arena. And then I have seen quite a few displays of teams doing dressage too at various events but they were just for entertainment purposes not being scored.

Krysie1313 01-08-2009 01:22 PM

Thank you all so much for your imput. Pas de deux was what he had seen before. I have a black clyde who would be a natural at dressage given some time with a good trainer. My boyfriend and I are searching for a team mate for draft shows but could also possibly go in and do this event. My boyfriends mom does dressage and Im in the process of moving my horse to her barn. Hopefully I can get some training, lessons or at least pointers. Thank you all so much for your help!

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