V1 – Four-gait

V1 – Four-Gait

This test is performed on the oval track.

Eligible horses

Combinations entering this test are excluded from other Four-Gait and Five-Gait tests at the same event.

Preliminary Round

Riders compete individually. The test can be ridden on either rein.

The rider has four and a half rounds at his disposal to show the following gaits in any order:


  1. slow tölt
  2. slow to medium speed trot
  3. medium walk
  4. slow to medium speed canter
  5. fast tölt

Each gait may be shown only once, walk for a half round and the other gaits for one round..

Final Round

The finalists show the required sections as instructed by the speaker as described in S2.3.2.

The order will be as follows:

  1. slow tölt
  2. slow to medium speed trot
  3. medium walk
  4. slow to medium speed canter
  5. fast tölt

FEIF WorldRanking for V1: Click for complete results
1Nils Christian Larsen8.033
2Frauke Schenzel7.833
3Steffi Svendsen7.733

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Preliminary rounds with one rider on the track

  • The horse must enter the oval track and proceed directly to either one of the short sides. However, the horse must not pass beyond the end of the short side without beginning the test. Possibilities of entering and beginning the test with the entrance on the long or on the short side are shown on the drawing in S2.4.
  • The rider must salute the judges visibly by nodding his head, thus indicating the beginning of the test.
  • The change between the sections should be at the middle of the short side. An exception is in pace, which is shown only on the long sides.
  • To have marks for any gait, the gait should be shown for the equivalent of the length of a long side. Walk must be shown for the equivalent of half of a long side.
  • Having finished the last section of the test, the rider must have brought his horse back to walk by the middle of the long side at the latest.
  • Exit via the oval track. The rider may circle the horse at the gate after the test is completed


  • The best five horses from the preliminary round qualify for the final round called the A-final. If two or more horses share the fifth position, all horses involved qualify for the final round.
  • If there are sufficient participants, the organiser can arrange a final round (6th – 10th place) called B-final. The winner of the B-final can take part in the A-final. If the winner  decides not to take part in the A-final, no other can take his place.
  • The organiser can also arrange a further final round (11th – 15th place) called C-final. The winner of the C-final can take part in the B-final. If the winner decides not to take part in the B-final, no other can take his place.

References in the text refer to the current version of the FEIF Rules and Regulations. Check the complete document for further details.