You can’t achieve victory without preparation,” is a mantra of Larry Poulin. “And you never have a second chance to make a first impression” are other words of wisdom from this accomplished driver and dressage rider. Coming down the centerline in a dressage test is that first impression. The judges’ last look also takes place on the centerline, before he makes his final comments. Poulin believes that drivers need to be better prepared for these movements.

As drivers move up the levels, more movements involve circles: complete, half, serpentines or deviations. But at the Training level, approximately half of the test takes place on the centerline.

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