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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.
JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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RIDER #6813-1
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NAME:Virginia N Sherbrooke
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Max Pts:290
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Final Score:67.414%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66Walk steps in and out of halt.
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2C

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Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at HRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness77
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3B-XHalf circle right 10m, returning to track at MRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness77Could show better bend.
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4C

Before C

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Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact Shorten the reins Working trotForward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions7.5215Well sustained. Could maintain more energy.
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5H-P

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Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trotModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corner6.56.5Haunches trail slightly.
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6AMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness8216Smooth transition. Clear rhythm.
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7V-R

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Change rein, free walk Medium walkRegularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, clear transitions7214Clear rhythm. Could march more.
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8M

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Working trot

Working canter left lead
Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner6212Above bit in depart
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9H-VLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo77
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10VCircle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5Show more transition. Balance should be more level.
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11F-X-H

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Change rein

Working trot
Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness77
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12CWorking canter right leadWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner6.5213Braced in depart.
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13M-PLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo77
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14PCircle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77
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15AWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner6.56.5Prompt. Could be better balanced.
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Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trotModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corners77
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Half circle left 10m Down centerline Halt, saluteBend and balance in half circle; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66Overshot centerline. Halt could be more prompt.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77Walk could show more freedom.
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters6.5213Could show more consistent forward energy.
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6212Canter could be more balanced. Halts should be more prompt. Braces in departs.
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits6.56.5Leans forward. Could be more stable through core.
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test6.56.5Overuses seat in walk. Halts need to be produced more promptly.
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A good working performance. Capable of higher scores when rider's aids produces more consistent balance and self-carriage.
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POINTS:195.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:195.5
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SCORE:67.414%
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High Points: A good horse and rider combination! Love the smooth transition to a walk with clear rhythm. Stretches well when asked.

Low Points: Halts need to be more prompt at this level. (No walk steps!) Rider's balance could improve. She uses her seat more, when the leg should be more effective. This tends to put her off balance at times and transitions, especially departs, aren't smooth.

Focus: I believe that if the riders position is more balanced, the combination will have higher scores.

Exercises: Here's an exercise you can do to determine if you are in balance with your horse. We normally post up-down-up-down, etc. So, change the rhythm to up-up-down-up-up-down. That means, you hold your body in balance with the horse an additional beat--and only sit for one beat. If you are not in balance with your horse, it will feel like the saddle is slapping you. If that's the case, you actually have to get your legs more underneath you. It's always said, that if horse were to "disappear" from under you, you should wind up standing. A hint here is that you will have to open your hips, as in a runner's lunge, so your heel comes more under your hip. To be able to do the exercise (two beats up, one down) you may have to grab mane to get your body a little more forward at first to get the hang of it.
To get your heels under your hips, don't just bend your knees--all that does is make your toes go down. Opening your hips enables your heel to stay down and gives you a better base of support.
Once you are in balance, work to use less seat/weight in the saddle--especially at the walk as that restricts freedom through the horse's back. So, allow your hips to follow more lightly and use your legs more lightly and quickly. My old instructor used to tell me to use my leg aid like a little snare drum stick--never like a bass drum stick.
When you are more balanced and your legs are directing the energy more. Be careful not to become rigid in the reins. You should always have an elastic feel with the reins--never braced.
Think of making departs by preparing the horse, and then allowing a depart on the release of the connection. So, the horse goes forward from your leg into the connection. Not that you increase the connection yourself.
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