|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 #||7870|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||Loss of straightness on centerline|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.||7||7||Fairly straight|
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||4||4||Loss of shape & size|
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||Some weaving|
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||5||5||Some tempo changes, some loss of shape|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||2||2||No trans to walk|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||4||4||trotted first quarter before walking, walk add stretch & ground cover|
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.||8||8|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5|
|2||Impulsion||desire to move forward with||6.5||6.5||add ground cover in walk|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||7||2||14||Quiet & obedient horse|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||5.5||5.5||Develop quieter steadier arms|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||5.5||5.5||Develop better bending aids|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||5.5||5.5||Circles loss shape and size|
|Cute pair! Work to stabilize your body tone more effective with your aids.|
Cute pair! Work to stabilize your body to be more effective with your aids.
|Set poles/cones down the centerline so you can feel how crooked or straight your are. When going down the center line keep you elbows bent and hold onto your grap strap to steady your arms|
set out 4 cones on the circle so you can learn to ride to the 4 points of a circle. Put a grap strap or something similar to the d ring on you saddle. hold the grab strap with your ourside hand on the circle to stablize. Now stear with your inside hand.
Set out cones 1 at first quarter, one at X and one at 2nd quarter line. Now ride across the diagonal focusing first your turn at the letter, then the first cone, then the cone at X the 2nd 1/4line cone and finally the last letter one the diagonal. Keep practicing until you can feel and focus on the straightness of your horse.
Also go around the ring with your outside hand on the grap strap and you inside hand on your hip. Another exercise is to put both hands on the grap strap while trotting around the ring and post for a couple strides and sit for a couple strides. Your are working to develop a more independent seat. Adorable pair but keep working on the basics.