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Date:4/19/2014 3:41:01 PM
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Diagrams & Maneuvers
Below are diagrams of some of the basic Westernaire maneuvers: Propeller, Mariner's Cross, Thread the Needle, Double Thread, Lace, Star, and Spanish Bowline. This is exactly how we diagram our drills in the classroom. These maneuvers aren't the same with every drill, which is why I haven't numbered the riders, but you can at least see what the maneuvers look like. The motion dots represent where the riders are coming from; each arrow is a horse & rider; I've included the rider color code. There are (for most Red Division/advanced drills) seven fours, 2 CP's (Center Points) (which can be replaced with American or Specialty flags), and several points in each GPA (General Point Area) in the center of the four quadrants of the arena. CP's/AM's are usually located at LCS/RCS (Left/Right Center Side), in the middle of Star, Propeller, etc., but move with the team depending on the drill. Colorado flags (CO's) are special to certain teams, namely Crimson ♥ and Red Team. In Crimson there are four, and they are just special points, usually on the outside of Star, at the top of wedges, etc. In Red Team's drills the whole team can be AM's, in which case they are not CP's; in Grand Entry, with the "Ride of the Colors," the AM's come in AFTER Red Team's drill and Serpentine, and are the first to leave after the National Anthem; American flags do NOT dip in salute; all other flags salute the Americans. ***GENERAL RULES OF THUMB FOR ALL MANEUVERS*** (unless instructed otherwise): during MARINER'S CROSS, THREAD, and DOUBLE THREAD, RIGHT SIDE ALWAYS crosses FIRST. Leave when the person who is crossing in front of you is HALF WAY to the CENTER (this varies slightly depending on the speed of the drill). For PASSTHROUGHS, DO-SI-DO's, or whenever riders must pass each other: ALWAYS pass LEFT-HAND-TO-LEFT-HAND (as the flag is held in the right hand and you don't want two flags to get caught). When you are headed for the rail and no call is made, always go LEFT. When alternating, first trooper/pair/four turns in the direction given; for example, "alternate right and left," first front goes right; "alternate left and right," first pair goes left. Always look ahead to see where you will go. When CIRCLING, SPINNING, etc., inside rider must PIVOT, and outside rider must go the speed specified. During PROPELLER, STAR, SPIN, CIRCLES, REVERSES, etc., ALWAYS guide on the OUTSIDE rider; glance inward. For ALL maneuvers done in fronts (pairs, fours, wings of a Star/Propeller, etc.), stay BOOT-TO-BOOT. ALWAYS guide on the RAIL rider. ALWAYS have spacing between your front and the one in front of you, depending on the number of riders in said front; EXCEPTIONS: PASSTHROUGHS, SPANISH BOWLINE, etc., in which case you MUST be NOSE-TO-TAIL to avoid collsions. ALL maneuvers are executed on the "HO." SAFETY VALVE: "HALT HO": ANY rider may call it in case of an emergency; all riders stop within three paces; NEVER drop your flag in an emergency: other horses may spook.
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