What Makes a Grand Prix Special Different from a Grand Prix?

Grand Prix SpecialGrand Prix Dressage is the highest level of dressage. It is the level that the Olympians Compete At. As with all levels of dressage, it is judged based on each movement (or question asked) the horse and ride combination perform. There are also collective marks (marks that take into consideration the entire picture throughout the test).

So what is the difference between a Grand Prix test and a Grand Prix Special Test?┬áThe Grand Prix Special is similar to the standard Grand Prix test; however, special attention is paid to the transitions executed throughout the test. So, in laymans terms, it is even harder! All of the movements are the same, overall. However the test itself is longer and arranged different, and every single piece is judged individually instead of some pieces being combined and judged as a combination movement. To learn more visit the USEF website…

Watch he Grand Prix Specials at the Rio Olympics Friday, August 12 through this link…