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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 #7763-1
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NAME:Heather Johnson
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 60.313%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

Between X & C
Enter working trot rising.

Medium walk.
Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.6.56.5notice that your balance is not even on your stirrups- your horse follows your weight from side to side rather than moving truly forward and straight. try to keep your shoulders even, your hips even, and the pressure of your calves even. use your seat to close your horse's forward into the walk and then try closing you left seat/thigh and hand to make the turn
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Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.66willing into trot and straight but lacks energy going forward. don't confuse relaxed with lazy- close your lower legs, post definitively and encourage your horse to move more actively with power
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66lazy, horse needs to move forward with energy. he is heavy and hanging in the hand pulling his head and neck down. Rider is balancing on the reins- work on getting your lower leg more stable against the horse and relax your knee so it doesn't act as a fulcrum- think about a strong post with your hips forward to the horse's ears and your shoulders back towards his croup
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.66straight but still labored. note that you are posting inconsistently and pushing off the thigh blocks on the saddle with your lower leg behind you- work on keeping the weight flowing through your leg to your ankle with a straight line from your shoulder to your hip to your foot
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66a little better energy but lacking bend- rider losing stability in outside leg and falling to the inside causing the horse to counterbend to maintain his balance
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.66obedient but pulled into walk from reins- try to relax into the saddle and brace your back whgile pushing your hands forward so that the the walk maintains forward energy and originates from the HQ
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7H-X-FFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.66sluggish lacks stretcvh forward and down- rider tight in hips- relax and allow the horse to swing under you and encourage longer strides by lushing the barrel back and forth as the horse pushes into your alternating leg, allow longer rein
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Medium walk.




Down centerline
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.

Straightness on centerline.
66rider fallsto the left, pulls up right leg causing horse to lose balance and rider tries to adjust using the reins rather than evening out her balance
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.66not quite straight but obedient and immobile
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity66
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.66
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse66
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns66
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relaxed and steady test but lacks forward energy. once rider is stronger in her seat and leg position and pushes horse more forward, scores will increase.
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POINTS:96.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:96.5
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SCORE:60.313%
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