|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 #||8506-1|
|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.||6||6||wiggly centerline and unsettled halt. very slow to trot after halt|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||good energy, needs bend in corner|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||steady tempo, some bend, needs relaxation over topline|
|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||6||on shoulders, needs bend|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||on aids but needs to sit behind in transitions|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||energetic but counterbent, rider leaning/falling to the inside|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||good forward, steady tempo but nose outside throughout- needs inside bend|
|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||leaning and counterbent|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||obedient but needs balance from HQ|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||on shoulders, needs calrity of trans and march in walk|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|6||6||needs ground cover and straightness- rider pulling back with left rein|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||straight and forward, fairly relaxed frame|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||falls left rhu centerline and into 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.||6.5||6.5|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6|
|Attractive pair with nice forward feel (needs more in walk) Work on bend as you are losing points on every circle and turn as your horse is counterbent. Try to prepare your horse with half halts so that transitions are more clear. Work to stay stronger in your core and more upright in your balance both front to bakc and side to side to better help your horse balance and become straight/bend|