Choreography

*Denotes terms used on the score sheet

*Degree of Difficult

The horse/rider team successfully performs a single element or a combination of elements in a way that exceeds the requirement of the standard test of the same level.

*Elements

Basic components that may be included in freestyle choreography. The elements are movements, figures, and transitions.

*Dressage Movement

An exercise as opposed to a figure, transition or a pattern. The Dressage Movements are leg yield, rein back, shoulder in, travers, renvers, turn on haunches, half pass (trot or canter), flying change, pirouette (walk or canter), piaffe and passage.

*Choreography

Arrangement of gaits, paces, movements, figures, transitions, combinations and patterns that comprise a program.

Pattern

Geometric design formed in the arena when movements, figures and transitions are combined.

*Use of arena

Utilizing the dressage arena space in its entirety; distributing the elements throughout the arena.

*Design cohesiveness

Logical, coherent, recognizable construction of the choreography.

*Balance (in design)

Fairly even use of right and left rein work.

*Creativity

Elements are combined in imaginative ways; interesting or uncommon lines or patterns are used; not test-like.

Combination

Direct connection of any movement or figure with another movement or figure.

Test-like

Directly repeating a combination or pattern from the standard test with no variation; lack of creativity.