|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 #||6113|
|USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST C|
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk. Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot rhythm.||7||7||fairly straight with good energy. could be more balanced into halt with fewer walk steps|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||shows some bend in corner but tight in neck|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||active strides and some bend but not a full 20m round shaped circle|
|Circle right 20 meters developing working canter in first quarter of the circle, right lead.|
Working trot rising.
|Roundness and size of circle; clear canter rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||shows lateral balance but shape of circle is not correct|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7||7||willing and on aids|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6.5||6.5||steady tempo, very nice bend in corner at M, leaning on rider's inside leg through corner at H|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||good energy and more relaxed and supple frame but more oval than circle shape|
|Circle left 20 meters developing working canter in first quarter of the circle, left lead.|
Working trot rising
|Roundness and size of circle; clear canter rhythm and bend.||6||6||a little labored, shape is not a circle|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||balanced downward, behind leg upward|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||maintains forward energy nicely|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|7||7||energetic and relaxed but line ends too far in front of H|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||shows good energy and steady tempo but pushes into rider's inside leg and loses straightness at times|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||7.5||7.5||straight and active into fairly balanced and immobile halt|
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||could be rounder in frame with more relaxed topline reaching forward and down to bit not just out|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||issues with bend/straightness going left|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||5.5||5.5||many inaccuracies|
|Hi Ansley. Thank you for sending in your video for me to judge. I really like your horse and I think you are a very well matched pair with the potential for higher scores. I saw 2 things that I think can be addressed that will help you score better. First off is your accuracy. Your circles are not the correct shape or size- especially the left lead canter circle. If you had been in an arean with a board or chain, you would have hit it and possibly been out of the arena. So that means that your horse is leaning and you don't have your outside aids on well. Your transitions are not always in the right place and I think you could better prepare for them with half halts to let your horse know that something is coming. I don't see you supporting your horse through corners so he tends to rush through them. Bend is a big deal and your bend particularly to the left is not so good. Help your horse by sitting up straight and balanced and closing the outside aids for support but then use your inside leg and seat aids to help him bend around your inside leg. The rein should simply ask him to flex a bit to the inside, not pull him through a turn. Improving the shape of your figures, the size of your circles, performing your transitions in the correct place, and showing supple inside bend on circles and in corners will increase your score considerably. Secondly, while I love that your horse is moving forward and is not sluggish I would like to see that energy a little better harnessed. He has a tendency to charge forward and run so that you are always forced to use strong rein aids to do your downward transitions. I would like to see you slow the tempo a little bit and ask your horse to take longer step rather than rushing and taking fast short steps. As you move up the levels the ability to ask your horse to slow down and "sit" will become very important so start addressing it now. As your horse learns to balance more from the hind legs instead of pulling from the shoulders, you will find that your transitions will become easier and it will also be easier to help your horse balance and follow the path of travel you select. You two have a lot of good basics and a few little adjustments will not only improve your scores at Intro but will open the doors to your moving up to training level and first level quickly! Good luck with your nice horse and keep up the good work!|