|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).||JUDGE||Ida Norris|
|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.||6.5||6.5||, bowing at salute/ straight on line but horse inverted ( above bit)|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||reains slack/ lacks connection and bend|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||completely inverted in connection but rider trying to be inbalance/|
|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||prompt but completely above the bit, geometry well organized/ rider tilting head|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6||6||rier using quiet aids/ horse inverted|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||5.5||5.5||leaning in too trun and balanced on inside stirup, rider head tilt and hands wide and low/ horse needs rounder connection|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||steady tempo, geomety ok, but needs bend and lower neck|
|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.||6.5||6.5||nicely prompt to rider signal. rider and horse leaning on inside shoulder, needs bend and lower neck / rider needs balance both sitrrups /rider head tilting left, weight going from left to right stirrup in shortside( unable to balance or bend horse as weight shifts)|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6||6||obedient but braced topline/ little connection|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||suggest making your trans closer to f little shown as so close to B clear rythm braced topline|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|5||5||quiet and relaxed but free walk requires overtrack ( longer steps) and stretch ( poll to be below withers)|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||hands going up down with positing / focus on independent hand/arm from body/seat- prompt transition needs bend/bal through corner|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||7.5||7.5||on the line, square but above bit|
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||steady tempo and appears to stay forward|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||5||2||10||above the bit through out test/ not really willing to accept any contact from this rider who is trying to be tactful|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||work to keep more clearly balanced left and right/ especially there is alot of head tilt going left/ leaning in at turns allows horse onto shoulder and forehand/ avoiding bend|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||rider clearly trying to be harmonious|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||7||7||good work on centerlines, but short sides and circles need more bend|
|pretty horse and rider.. thank you for your elegant rider turnout! Watch the salutes-- :) .. Centerlines were quite straight .. oversall you did a steady job keeping this horse in a steady tempo. It clearly doesnot accept contact but you tried very hard to be harmonious.The horse at this level must accept the reins for steering/bending to improve.|