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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 #6877
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NAME:Jennie Palmer
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JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 66.000%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST C
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot rising.

Halt through medium walk. Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot rhythm.77
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2CTrack right, working trot rising.Balance and bend in turn.6.56.5could be more active
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3BCircle right 20 meters.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77
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Before A
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.66losing some elasticity and sl mouthy
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5(Transition in & out of canter).Balance and smoothness.5.55.5shaking head into canter
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6K-X-MChange rein, working trot rising.Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.66mouth open
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7ECircle left 20 meters.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77
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Before A
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.6.56.5steady connection but falling in sl
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9(Transition in & out of canter).Balance and smoothness.66smoother this direction, neck sl stiff to tro
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10Between F & BMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.77
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Free walk.





Medium 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.
6.56.5allow more rein for deeper stretch
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12Between C & MWorking trot rising to A.Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.77
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13A

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Down centerline.

Halt through medium walk. Salute.
Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.66tongue out a bit
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity6.56.5could swing more through back
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5could be more energetic
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.7214
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse77
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions77
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns77
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quiet, responsive horse! work on keeping the mouth quieter and adding a touch more forward feel
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POINTS:132
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:132
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SCORE:66.000%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK:
So, let’s start with a correct salute! Halt, take the reins in one hand, drop your other hand straight down (not up first!), nod your head, take up your reins and move off. Centerlines and salutes are a judge’s first and final impressions of your ride, so work on them always being straight, crisp, and correct.
I’m sure you and your instructor are working on inside bend with you and your horse. Practice positioning your horse’s nose just a bit to the inside on circles and keeping it there with quiet movements on your fingers. Helping your horse be “supple” means he has a soft, giving neck and jaw. When you ask him to turn or bend, he should soften on that side and not pull against the rein. Suppleness and bending go hand in hand. As you become more adept at bending, you will notice your horse is more supple to your reins and also his body becomes softer and easier to steer.
Plan ahead for your transitions and also the turns. Make them smooth, not abrupt. Let the horse know well in advance that you are going to ask him to do something different. That will give him confidence in you and he will become more responsive.
Work on posting – use it to control the tempo: you post faster, the horse should go faster and vice versa. Land a bit softer in your saddle. Lift your chest and imagine you are pulled straight up by a rope attached to the top of your helmet. Work on steering with a direct rein, then put your hands back in their “home” position, right over the pommel. Wide hands can confuse the horse since he is feeling weight on both sides of the bit all the time. Work on keeping your hands very still, move them to steer, and then come back to the home spot. Use your fingers and soft elbows to ask for suppleness and softness from the jaw.
I’m sure with the help of an instructor you can accomplish all of these things!
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