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or something similar. I would consider
something like ‘classical music’ but
musicals, quality motion picture
music and jazz can be wonderful -
anything that has class. Of course, the
rhythm of the music should match the
gaits and the movements should go
with the music.
For example, it’s not very logical
to ride an extended canter against a
background of a music that is at that
point on pianissimo. One suggestion
from the judges - if the music is not
100% the same rhythm as the gait
of the horse, it’s better drawing than
pushing because a pushing music, that
means a music that is faster than the
horse’s gait, always gives the feeling
of hurrying around and a lack of
The transitions between the
gaits, and here we come back to
choreography, should go together
with the cuts in the music. It’s more
polished if such cuts and transitions
are at a letter.
Among negative characteristics, I
would list discord rhythm and use of
just background music. These again
have to do with creativity. So here
we are back to choreography that is
influenced by degree of difficulty and
we are back to style.
As far as problems are concerned,
there are many. For example, mixtures
can cause problems. Mixtures
can be very interesting, but they
are dangerous. There are various
mixtures - mixtures in style, mixtures
concerning volume, mixture between
instrumental and vocal, etc. Vocals are
not very much appreciated. I have to
say there might be very interesting
vocal music, but you should be really
careful with it.
I have to make the same-remark on
humor. It’s very nice if there’s a little
twinkle in your eye when you plan a
Kür, but do not grin during the whole
ride. This brings us back to classical.
We are in a competition, the horse
is trying it’s very best, and we are in
a classical outfit, therefore, I said a
twinkle is nice, but do not exaggerate.
It was nice when Robert Dover
finished his Kür, with a ‘that’s all’.
Another problem is sound. For
example, if one rides in an outdoor
competition, one should be careful
using chamber music because if
the audio people are forced to tum
the sound system to the highest
volume, the sound may become quite
distorted. It is also nice to use music of
one era, or even of one composer.
The entrance should be straight
and it is always necessary to halt. Any
movements before this halt do not
count, therefore, one should leave
them out in my opinion, they are a
When entering the arena, the halt
may be anywhere. But the halt at the
end of the Kür should be somewhere
between X and G, since it does not
look nice if one halts next to the exit.
The entrance is better with music.
First of all, it gives a notice to everyone
that the Kür is about to start, and a
technical plus is that the rider knows
the tape is working.
In competition, the exit should be
without music. The task is done and
the next competitor is coming in,
so one should leave modestly. This
is different when one is doing an
exhibition. Then, of course, one should
use music when leaving the arena
Finally, let’s deal with two
subjects that are under question.
First, I would like to assure the
rider that if the audience applauds
before he leaves the arena and his
horse spooks, he should not worry.
The judges will not penalize him.
Secondly, what happens if something
goes wrong with the tape during the
competition? Well, if the music stops,
the test must continue without it
Therefore, it is always advisable to
have two copies of the tape. Some
organizers are now equipped to
handle such emergencies by having
two tape recorders and both tapes
are played simultaneously so they
can switch instantly over to the
reserve tape if something happens
to the original.
The subject Kür has led us from
philosophy through history into
practice. The accent is to ride the test
in the classical way to music. One
should never forget that the Kür works
towards the symbol of the centaur
the symbol of ultimate harmony
between horse and rider. hTHM
Gabriela and Ultimo
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