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Any interest in Pas de Deux classes?

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  • Any interest in Pas de Deux classes?

    Some of us were discussing offering a Pas de Deux class to expand our show offering. Also considering maybe a Pas de Deux MFS Test of Choice.

    Based on DR130, there doesn't seem to be that a qualifying score is needed for Pas de Deux MFS.

    Any interest in the Pas de Deux?

    Any interest in the Pas de Deux MFS?

    Would you ride in it?
    Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
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  • #2
    I have always loved doing these. They are just so much fun. I have never shown in a class but have done them for exhibitions.


    • #3
      I love doing pas de deux and quadrille exercises in group lessons--I think it would be awesome to develop a freestyle one for competition.
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      • #4
        I love them, and quadrille. (I've ridden quite a few quadrille, but for exhibition, not in a class.)

        Is there a non MFS option for pas des deux? There is for quadrille, but doesn't look like it from USDF tests:

        I think, unfortunately, very few people will be in the right situation to put a nice one together. I don't, honestly, enjoy watching them too much if the horses aren't well-matched. Color doesn't matter - it's size and movement that does, and big moving horses are hard to match. The horses scoring less well (low 60's) in regular classes are the ones who are better set up for pair and group work. That makes them more accessible freestyle options, in one respect, but finding a partner still seems to me very hard. When I got to do quadrilles, it was at a barn where one person owned all the horses, and the exhibition work was part of the business.

        So answer is yes, given the right circumstances, I'd love to ride one, but "right circumstances" are a big challenge.

        Is prix caprilli an option? That's a lower barrier to entry than pas des deux, imo. I can't find tests on the USDF site, but I think a recognized show near me has offered them (even this year?) - maybe they were unsanctioned classes?


        • #5
          I'm inclined to say Price Caprilli is more likely to get entries. Particularly if you have an active Pony Club or eventing community that regularly attends
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          • #6
            I would love to do Pas de Deux or quadrille, but have not been able to find enough like minded people to make it happen. In SoCAl, there's a set a sisters on related horses that do great PdD. It seems quadrille is more of a NorCal thing. I remember a group doing their freestyle while the riders all wore big cat heads.


            • #7
              Originally posted by atlatl View Post
              I would love to do Pas de Deux or quadrille, but have not been able to find enough like minded people to make it happen. In SoCAl, there's a set a sisters on related horses that do great PdD. It seems quadrille is more of a NorCal thing. I remember a group doing their freestyle while the riders all wore big cat heads.
              If you are thinking of Sarah Pinney and Joy Rothe, they are trainer and client and the horses are siblings. They do amazing PdDs and I have been fortunate to see them many times.

              This is a nice article on PdD. My trainer likes to use some of this work in occasional lessons. It adds another level of complexity, but in a fun way.

              "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


              • #8
                Originally posted by MissAriel View Post

                If you are thinking of Sarah Pinney and Joy Rothe, they are trainer and client and the horses are siblings. They do amazing PdDs and I have been fortunate to see them many times.
                That's them! Thanks.

                I love one movement they did to the theme to the Pink Panther where they were side by side but facing in opposite directions, one walked forward while the other did a reinback and then they switched. So clever and perfect with the music.


                • #9
                  I would think it would be cool in theory, but probably wouldn't have the time to actually put it together so I would be unlikely to ride in it. A schooling show series I attend offers it, and there is usually only one pair.

                  I saw recently a barn is offering a monthly quadrille clinic/practice. It's an interesting idea and hopefully will get people interested, though for me it's a bit far and I'm a bit cautious about riding with unknown horses since my horse is easily impressionable!