|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 #||5546-1|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.||7.5||7.5||very straight and forward, a little hiccup/almost trot in walk|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.||7||7||trot should start from hind leg not shoulders but willing and straight|
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||steady tempo and bend, add energy|
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6.5||6.5||straight with good balance in corners but loses frame and head comes up as back drops|
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||better frame here but needs flexion to inside|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||obedient but braced, rider standing in stirrups rather than sitting in saddle|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6||6||energetic but needs stretch forward and down and swing through back, tight in back, rider collapsing to the right|
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.||6.5||6.5||head up but immobile|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||tight in shoulders in walk|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5||energetic but not always relaxed in back|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||braced at times|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||capable rider but some issues with balance-see below|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||work on more supple left bend|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||8||8||good geometry|
|Very nice pair with good energy. Very accurate test. Work on keeping horse more relaxed in back and reaching forward into your softly giving hand. Hi Patrice. What a pretty horse. And that tail! Wow! I see so much that was good in your test. I think the "fatal flaw" as we say, is a position fix and I think it will make all the difference in the world for you and your scores will increase significantly. If you look at your video you will see that your leg is a little in front of your hip which forces you to bring your shoulders forward and over your horse's neck to stay balanced. Becuase of this you are not sitting into your horse but are sitting on your horse and you are forced to be stronger with your rein aids because you seat and leg can't do what we need them to do adequately. You are a very quiet rider but your "chair seat" means that you end up pulling into your downward transitions rather than your being able to sit deeply into the saddle and wrap your leg around your horse and lift your core to create a lift into down rather than a brace and pull. Work on trying to pull your leg back from your hip joint so that it feels a little as if you are pointing your knee at the ground or kneeling. Don't allow yourself to become arched in your low back but pull your belly button back to the small of your back to keep the front and back of your body the same length (that's a weird concept- right now your back is longer than your front- if you arch your back then your front is longer than your back) Once you feel semi-comfortable with all of that, imagine tucking your shoulders into your shoulder blades and lifting your chin. Piece of cake, right?! LOL. I know how hard this is as we all struggle constantly with our positions. Remember that position changes take time, practice, and commitment but, ultimately, our horses are mirrors of our riding and the better we ride, the better our horses look. You have a talented horse and you are a talented rider.....let's up your game! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your journey.|