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Prix Caprilli Series


A Prix Caprilli (pronounced 'Pree caprillee), named after the great Italian rider who was the father of the modern forward seat for jumping, is a dressage test with jumps included.

The tests have the same movements as a Prep/Preliminary/Novice dressage test and include the requirement for horse and rider to trot and/or canter over single jumps.  The judges will judge this test the same as a normal dressage test that includes technical marks for the movement, impulsion, submission and riding.

The emphasis is not the jumping style of the horse, it is on the horse’s relaxation, obedience and evenness of pace.  It is a dressage test that happens to have jumps in the way and the jumps should not disrupt the standard performance expected in a dressage test.

It is worth thinking about the riding style you will adopt over the jumps as you will need to establish a position over the jumps that assists the horse in freely jumping over the jump without any resistance.

Practice at home in your own dressage arena before the day. It’s something different to the normal dressage test and a bit of fun. Why not have a go!

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