Checking Out Arena Driven Dressage
View From The Back Seat
Driven dressage takes place in a 40×80 meter arena. Ridden dressage takes place in a 20×60 arena. Since there are many more ridden dressage shows than driven dressage opportunities, drivers have figured out a way to squish the former into the latter.
Adjustments include starting in the ring to – I assume – avoid a funky turn to enter and using the diagonals instead of the center line for distance and for avoiding the tight turns onto and off center line. In addition, most shows schedule driven dressage at the end to minimize the opportunities for the ridden horses to freak out.
Over the weekend, we went to show the flag for the driven dressage class at a local dressage show. The driving minis were adorable and obedient. At least two ridden horses took exception to the minis or the carts &/or both. It’s a common response. Even our driving horse thinks minis in carts bear close watching [Milton Does Demo Duty].
Arena driven dressage. It’s a thing.
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