ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
1
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:Robyn Nunnally
2
RIDER #5575
3
NAME:Lilly Gilbertson
4
Max Pts:290
5
Final Score:63.793%
6
7
USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
8
TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
9
1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77Fairly straight
10
2C

E-X
Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at HRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness6.56.5could be lighter in connection
11
3B-XHalf circle right 10m, returning to track at MRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness5.55.5Beyond X.  Tension in neck
12
4C

Before C

C
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 transitions6212stretches neck down well but could show more lift and swing of the back
13
5H-P

P
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 corner66should show longer steps and more power
14
6AMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness7214prompt
15
7V-R

R
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 transitions6.5213good activity.  could show deeper stretch and keep it more consistently
16
8M

C
Working trot Working canter left leadWilling, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner7214obedient
17
9H-VLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo5.55.5HQ falls in and needs more thrust
18
10VCircle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66a bit large and tight in neck
19
11F-X-H

X
Change rein Working trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness88straight with good balance
20
12CWorking canter right leadWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner6212show more supple jaw and neck
21
13M-PLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo66makes effort but needs more length of stride
22
14PCircle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance5.55.5neck tight and overbent
23
15AWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner77connection improves
24
16K-R

R
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 corners77bolder effort
25
17E

X

G
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)77fairly straight
26
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
27
28
COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
29
1GaitsFreedom and regularity66
could swing more through shoulders
30
2ImpulsionDesire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters6212develop lengthenings
31
3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6212neck tight at times
32
4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits6.56.5leaning back
33
5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test6.56.5
develop suppleness of connection
34
Good job keeping the energy!  Improve performance by lightening the balance off of the forehand and getting the jaw to be more responsive to half halts.
35
36
37
38
39
POINTS:185
40
ERRORS:0
41
SUBTOTAL:185
42
SCORE:63.793%
43
44
extra feedback
45
Hi, Lilly, I liked the energy and forward feeling that you and your horse display; not all Gypsy Vanners or draft breeds move along so well! Your horse is very obedient and seems to be trying hard for you.
Something to work on – again common with this body type – is a rounder neck and back. There are moments when the bottom of the neck is tight and that inhibits the shoulders from swinging. Developing more suppleness in the jaw and neck while pushing the poll out more would help. Lots of changes of directions, bending, and really asking for a clearer response to your leg aids should improve your horse’s suppleness and bend. You want to feel like the rib cage pushes to the outside of a circle; being able to do this is the first step towards asking the back to lift. Practice riding leg yields on a 20 meter circle: bend to the inside and leg yield out; then counter bend and leg yield back in. Really insist that your horse listens to your leg and finds a clear reponse to it in his rib cage. As you progress, make the circle smaller – down to 15 meters, then 10 meters – while you do these leg yields. This is a simple gymnastic exercise that hopefully will increase your horse’s suppleness, both to each side as well as finding a rounder topline poll to tail.
A lighter connection from improved suppleness will also improve the power in the lengthenings. Use the circle to help here too. As you add more leg for power, your horse cannot brace, he must actually get softer in the body so that the hind legs can swing more under. Ask for a few steps of lengthening on a circle, then bring it back to a working gait, ensuring the contact does not become tight. As the response to your leg develops power and actual length of stride, next monitor your straightness. If the hindquarters fall to one side, it lessens the power and thrust. You could try putting some poles down along the ring to help you both stay straighter.
I like your confident position but be careful not to lean back too much. It’s easy to do when you are keeping this big bodied horse going forward! Work on lifting your chest to the sky. Think of following more with your hips rather than driving so much. As you work on his suppleness in the body, this will carry over so you don’t need such strong leg and seat aids.

46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100