Phase II – The Control of Paces (COP) is designed to demonstrate a rider’s ability to influence the horse’s gait and maintain direction. In international competitions this phase is called Maîtrise des Allures (or MA).
Control of Paces (COP) is a timed exercise ridden along a 150 X 2 meter marked corridor that may be straight or gently curved. There are 1-2 timekeepers depending on the method used and 5 judges spread out along the corridor spotting for a break in gait.
- To canter the corridor as SLOW as possible without breaking gait or stepping outside of the corridor.
- To walk the corridor as FAST as possible without breaking gait or stepping outside of the corridor.
SCORING / RULES
60 total points are possible (30 per section).
Times are converted to points. (See score chart below).
Stepping outside corridor or breaking gait = Score of 0 for that section.
Riders may ride this test with stirrups dropped.
Riders may carry a dressage whip in this phase.
The Control of Paces / Mastery of Gaits is the same for all Levels.
Riders may use vocal cues to encourage their horse and help create cadence.
Riding with stirrups dropped allows for a longer leg and can give a distinct cue to your horse with practice / training.
Control of Paces is a simple exercise that can be difficult to master!