|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 #||6244|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||horse trying to be straight but rider dramatically leaning right/ horse bulges left / after halt rider while posting shifts weight constantly from one side to the other ( balance )|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||still sitting off to the right and most weight on the right stirrup going down the rail horse needs to be more forward and balanced|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||chair seat make posting difficult and toes turning out so nt support for the position, collapse over left rib cage . horse losing forwardness and balance|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||horse losing clear walk rhythm ; restrictive connection and lack of rider soft leg|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6.5||6.5||rhythm became more clear as reins soften needs longer steps|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||5.5||5.5||difficulties taking up the rein. rider sitting well over to the right and horse falls in|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||5.5||5.5||unclear depart and did not use the corner ( rider leans in to turn)|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||horse short tracking and contact appears to RETRACT|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||rider on right stirrup and leaning right/ horse falls left to the halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||freedom|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6||6||very short steps and appears restricted at time|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||conflicting aids and lack of rider balance at times interferes with horse|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||chair seat, almost all the weight is on the right stirrup and rider losing balance often, arms to be more independent and more elastic in the contact|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||see above-- affecting horses steering, forwardness and harmony|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6||see above|
|this is avery pretty horse and very tolerant. this rider could use some work OFF the horse on balance issues. strict attention should be paid to keeping weight in both stirrups, avoid leaning to turn and after improving balance concentrate on more elastic arms. Get the thigh and leg back and down under the rider, toes to be more parallel to the horse and leg more correctly on the horse and under the rider. many balance exercises off the horse can help a rider develope "balance".|