|PURPOSE: Tests provide an introduction to the discipline of Western Dressage; the horse performs only at the walk and jog. The rider should demonstrate correct basic position, use of basic aids, and understanding of the figures. The horse should show relaxation; harmony between horse and rider is important. The horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider. The jog should be a natural gait within the horse's scope and should demonstrate a swinging back.||JUDGE||Joann Williams|
2022 WDAA INTRO LEVEL TEST 1
|Enter working jog, proceed down center line without halting|
Track left, working jog
|Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; balance and bend in the turn.||6||6||active but some drifting, keep horse's neck straight until G, then bend in the direction of turn, come all the way to the short side rail|
|2||E - B |
|Half circle left 20m, working jog |
Proceed straight ahead, working jog
|Balance and inside bend on the half circle; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog.||5||5||bending to outside H-E, then walked on half circle|
|3||Between M & C||Develop working walk||Willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of the walk.||6||6||horse leaning on bit, show a little more bend in the corners|
|4||H - B|
|Change rein, free walk |
|Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walks.||5.5||2||11||allow horse to stretch neck down more, keep him moving forward with reach and overstep|
|5||F||Halt 4 seconds. Proceed working walk||Balance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance and bend in the corner.||7.5||2||15||obediant half, well balanced|
|6||Between A & K||Develop working jog||Willing, smooth transition; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog||7.5||7.5||prompt transition with active jog|
|7||E - B |
|Half circle right 20m, working jog |
Proceed straight ahead, working jog
|Balance and inside bend on the half circle; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog.||5.5||5.5||not to B, horse leaning on bit|
|8||Between F & A||Develop working walk||Willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the walk.||6.5||6.5||could march more forward in walk|
|9||K - B|
|Change rein, free walk |
|Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walks.||5||2||10||allow more downward stretch so horse can have longer strides and more activity|
|10||M||Halt 4 seconds |
Proceed working walk
|Balance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance and bend in the corner.||6.5||2||13||halt almost square|
|11||Between C - H|
H - X - F
|Develop working jog|
Change rein, working jog
|Willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corners; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog||6.5||6.5||prompt transition, fell on inside shoulder and cut corner, needs to bend in turns. Diagonal was straight and forward|
|Down centerline |
|Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.||6||6||overshot CL, keep neck straight and walk needs to cover more ground. halted early then proceeded almost to G|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||active jog, walk nds march|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7||7||keep working on the walk, jog is nicely forward|
|3||Rider’s Position, Seat, and Hands||Well-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)||7||7||elastic seat with correct posture. keep heels down|
|4||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Evidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests||5.5||5.5||horse needs to learn to bend around rider's inside leg and to hold his own neck up instead of leaning on rider's hands|
|5||Harmony||The horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance||6||2||12||bend needs consistency, corners need better balance|
|beautiful pair with a lot of talent for the future. Continue to work on the basics of bending and balance. The jog is of good quality and with a little more energy in walk it will also be higher scoring. good luck in the future !!! Keep up the good work|
| #8613, Mia Stevens|
You and your horse are a lovely team and fun to watch. I really smiled when you started your test.
The jog is nicely forward and he has a nice swing to his back and bounce off the ground. A great starting place for developing lengthenings and lateral work,.
Work on the basics is always the priority in training, and here in Intro level is where those concepts are trained. The horse needs to learn to be more consistent in bending around your leg aids. When the bend is improved, he will carry himself in a more balanced fashion and won't be leaning on the bit.
There are many exercises to improve the bending and balance. I like to start with turns on the forehand and leg yields at the walk. While those aren't really bending exercises, they teach the horse to move away from the rider's leg and will help him become more balanced.
You can start the leg yield by having the horse face the wall at a slight angle and pushing him down the wall with the leg that is closest to the wall. Your hands have to stay equal in the contact and softy have the slack out of the reins. The horse should have his neck bending very slightly toward your pushing leg. Your other leg stays passively against his side. So if you are tracking to the right, your left leg and hand will be on the wall. Start by using your left hand to take his nose once inch to the left, put your right rein on the neck like a neck rein. Then move your left leg back and push-release-push release during each step. Keep his strides very short by half halting-every step if needed. At first you will have to do this in slow motion. The half halts will need to be done mainly with your right rein so that he doesn't bend the neck too much. Go slow and only do a few steps at a time. You can even have someone on the ground to help move the haunches over. Stay equal on both seatbones and keep your heels down as you use your leg
Then take this concept to a circle Start on a small circle with his nose slightly in, only an inch, then use your leg as above to move him out to a larger circle. The inside legs should cross over and in front of the outside legs. Make sure he doesn't bend the neck more than the one inch, that's the hard part.
When he's really good at the leg yields, you can use the same aids to ask for bend without moving him sideways. That's your bend, around the leg with only a tiny bit of help from the hands. When you can control his rib cage, legs and head, you can bend and straighten for every turn, circle and straight line.
In your test, your horse was really lazy in the walk. Soften your contact and send him forward with your legs. when he goes faster, stop asking and let him go. Kick a little if you have to, it's ok if he goes into jog, just bring him back to walk and try again.
You have a bright future and I hope to see you again.