|PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and maintains a more consistent contact with the bit.|
All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.
USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
|Enter working trot |
Proceed working trot
|Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||6||6||qwobbles, almost invisible salute need zoom|
|Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at H||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||6||6||unsure of geometry due to filming, horse somewhat unsteady ( need zoom and landscape)|
|3||B-X||Half circle right 10m, returning to track at M||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||5||5||arms to be more independent and closer together to be steadier / definitely did not get to the centerline on the 1/2 circle|
|Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact Shorten the reins Working trot||Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions||5.5||2||11||needs bend on circle as well as stretch / attention to circle shape needed( went in corners of ring)|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corner||7||7||active/ hocks out behind/ no detail at end of ring|
|6||A||Medium walk||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness||6||2||12||rhythm appears unclear ; details missing|
|Change rein, free walk Medium walk||Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, clear transitions||6.5||2||13||needs stretch and longer steps : little detail available|
|Working trot |
Working canter left lead
|Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner||7||2||14||hands closer together to help stabilize connection and arms|
|9||H-V||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||6.5||6.5||no zoom: disappearing :) some effort/ slightly haunches in|
|10||V||Circle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6||6||ride leaning in/ horse get on top inside shoulder|
|Change rein |
|Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||7||steady?|
|12||C||Working canter right lead||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner||5.5||2||11||ran into canter, some leaning|
|13||M-P||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||6.5||6.5||some effort|
|14||P||Circle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6||6||leans in/ needs bend/bal|
|15||A||Working trot||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner||6.5||6.5||needs prep-|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corners||6.5||6.5||details missing some effort|
|Half circle left 10m Down centerline Halt, salute||Bend and balance in half circle; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||6||6||not sure if you are on the line, turn and halt need balance|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters||6||2||12|
|3||Submission||Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements||6.5||2||13|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits||6||6||wide hands/ liked the trot better when you were posting|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test||6||6||a lot of details missing in video sorry|
|Looks like a lovely horse. I think you could be rewarded more if I could see more.. or if nothing else the judging remarks could be more helpful. use some zoom if you can . rider and horse look suited. rider work for independent hands and steadier connection. good luck|
Directions for the camera person:
1. In landscape orientation, Place the camera directly centered at/ behind “C” 3 to 6 feet from the rail (for competition this is not possible but they are right next to the judge) stand on the lower step of a mounting block ( this is the same height/ view as from of the stand the judges table is on). The horse must not be out of the camera frame at any time in the test.
keep horse in viewfinder: horse must not leave video at any time.
2. Keep the camera centered on the horse on the centerlines.
Keep the horse in the LAST one third of the viewing screen in Landscape view ( 2/3 of the viewscreen in front of moving horse). This will allow the “judge” to see approximately two letters in front of the horse which is necessary for depth per
3. ception and line evaluation. In general, keep the horse’s feet in the bottom 1/3 of the viewfinder.
4. Zoom is ABSOLUTELY necessary. On a camera or iPhone/Droid (most have a capability of 10X) for the 20x60 ring zoom for the far end of the ring is generally 3.5 to 4 (horse to take up 1/3 of the viewfinder and must not exceed ½) . Try to zoom only once on a movement .( although it may be necessary to also reduce zoom in the same movement ) For the small ring 20 x 40 zoom for the upper half or the ring generally tends to be 2 or 2.5 .
5. Reduce Zoom back to 1x as the horse comes past X towards / near the “C” end . You will naturally have a moment of two where the horse passes directly in front of / and near the camera. It is not always a whole horse view but keep the camera moving with the horse. If the horse is required to perform a movement directly at “C”,be sure to move the camera so the viewer sees the feet/steps and head/neck connection throughout the movement. This simulates what a judge actually sees when a horse is so close.