Pony Flower Classic

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Pony Flower classic


Pony Flower Dressage consists of 10 circles: 8 of them lettered (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H), two concentric  Center Circles (the starting and finishing point) and 8 straight lines.. The pony is given the pattern as a string of these letters, linked by either a "x" or hyphen "-".

Ponies starts on command of the trainer with a variety of figures from the red starting point in the middle of center circle. Once a pattern is given, the pony takes a moment to study and interpret the command string, then turns towards the first letter ( without tracing the route ) and stomp to show readiness. When start signal is given, the pony walks the pattern as accurately as pony can. Once a pattern is finished the pony faces the trainer and gives them a respectful bow.

A beautiful feature of flower dressage is that up to four ponies can walk patterns at the same time, having different letters and different ways to cross from circle to circle (eg AxC-FxG and E-GxA-D) under the command of their trainer.

A number of rules govern how the pony walks the pattern.


1.) The pony starts in the center circle, and the first lettered circle the pony goes around is always clockwise.  (Multiple ponies will start/end inside the larger center circle, but outside the small one.)

2.) If the command string would cause the pony to go around a lettered circle less than halfway, then the pony must first go all the way around that circle before moving on to the next one (Halfway rule).

3.) All turns on the Flower field are made smoothly; there are no hard-corner turns or places where the pony must stop and turn around.  The pony will use a bit of a circle to create a smooth curve; that bit is NOT subject to the Halfway Rule.

4.) In the command string a hyphen "-" means the pony has to use the outer and inner lines to transit from letter to letter.

5.) If the pony can't use the inner lines for transition cause you had to do a sharp turn (A-D) you have to use the center circle. In this case it has to be done always clockwise.

6.) In the command string an "x" means the pony has to change the direction where the circles crosses.

7.) If two letters linked with x don't cross themself, you have to use the center circle as connection (e. g. AxE means AxCenterxE)

8.) In Pony Flower classic the center circle is a full circle and is subjected to the halfway rule also.

9.) The smaller circles B,D,F,G are always walked clockwise when linked with a hyphen (-).

10.) Always walk the pattern in the shortest way possible.

Additional Rule for multiple ponies:

While a single pony is allowed to walk straight thru the center, multiple ponies have to walk around it clockwise.

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