|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 #||8642|
|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||straight but fussy and bouncing in connection out of halt|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||balanced turn|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||circle is small and falling in om itself- horse needs to push more forward and out to the bridle rather thanh curling|
|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.||6.5||6.5||fair balance but behind vertical which puts her too much on the shoulders|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7||7||nicely on the aids|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6.5||6.5||very nice on diagnoal then rider over uses rein and overbends horse- horse steps through the outside shoulder and ducks behind the vertical- rider pitched forward and loking down making balance harder for horse|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||rider collapses to inside and horse leg yields rather than bending at times|
|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||too much on inside shoulder- rider also leaning over inside shoulder, needs bend not leg yielding|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7||7||willing transitions|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||forward to active march|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|7||7||more leg and less hand in trans from FW to MW. rider needs to sit back to help horse balance|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||7||7||nicely forward and straight|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||needs better balance|
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|
|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||6.5||6.5|
|Nice pair with potential for higher scores as horse and rider learn better balance and connection. Good luck with this nice mare!|