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Paso Performance Division

The horse will be judged on the following:


1. Collected Walk. An evenly spaced, four (4) beat gait, cadenced, straight, brisk, animated, and rhythmic. This gait is executed with collection, style, and brilliance.
2. Collected Paso Corto. An evenly spaced, four (4) beat lateral gait with moderate forward speed and extension. This gait is smooth, supple, cadenced, animated, and brilliant, with the horse well collected, fully balanced and exhibiting symmetry in flexion and extension. The horse should demonstrate pride, style, elegance, and enthusiasm, along with good manners and ready response.
3. Collected Paso Largo. An evenly spaced, four (4) beat lateral gait. This gait is smooth, balanced, collected, bold and animated, with rapid forward motion. Extension and flexion must be harmonious with no tendency to become "light" on the front or "strung out" behind. The horse should appear eager and willing to move out, and a definite change of speed from the Paso Corto to the Paso Largo must be observed, yet a willingness to reduce speed on command must be demonstrated. All transitions between gaits should be performed evenly and smoothly. An even, four (4) beat cadence must be maintained, together with style, presence, boldness, and brilliance. Loss of form, cadence, or smoothness due to excessive speed shall be penalized. In this class, the horse should combine style and spirit along with obedience and good manners. The horse should move out willingly and stand quietly when requested. This class shall be judged 30% on the collected Paso Corto; 30% on the collected Paso Largo; 10% on the collected Walk. 20% on appearance, conformation, manners, and way of going and 10% on sounding board when available. Special attention shall be afforded to brilliance, form, smoothness, and rhythmic consistency of the gaits.
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