Control of Paces

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).

FORMAT

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.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To canter the corridor as SLOW as possible without breaking gait or stepping outside of the corridor.
  2. 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 crossed.

Riders may carry a dressage whip in this phase.

LEVELS

The Control of Paces / Mastery of Gaits is the same for all Levels.

TIPS

Riders may use vocal cues to encourage their horse and help create cadence.

Riding with stirrups crossed 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!

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