|PURPOSE: To introduce the rider and/or horse to the sport of dressage. To show understanding of riding the horse forward with a steady tempo into an elastic contact with independent, steady hands and a correctly balanced seat. To show proper geometry of figures in the arena with correct bend (corners and circles).||RIDER #||7960-1|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||very straight into poorly held halt then out of balance and slow to trot|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||good energy, some bend, tight through topline|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||good energy with steady tempo, needs more consistent bend, frame improves and relaxes on circle|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||rider gets a little in front of horse in transition so horse loses forward, increase march in walk|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6.5||6.5||clear idea to stretch and cover ground but needs to truly swing through back especially behind the saddle|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||5.5||5.5||rider leans forward to gather reins so horse jigs to keep up with rider, use strong core to collect horse and stay upridght in gathering reins|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||good forward energy and some bend but tight in neck infront of withers|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||steady tempo and bend but circle too large|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||7||7||hold halt for full 3 seconds|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7||7|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13||willing but tight in back|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5||losses of balance forward, stregthen core and devlop a softer bend in arm for softer connection|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||inconsistent bend and forward in transitions|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||issues with circles|
|Talented pair with potential for higher scores. Work on staying strong in your position so that horse is able to come up under you for balance rather than falling forward to find your upper body. Try to bend your arms and feel a reach forward to the bit for a softer back/connection|