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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #6133
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NAME:Allison Laurie
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 64.038%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66fairly straight but halt must be maintained for 3 full seconds and rider must put both reins in one hand and drop the other in a salute
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2C

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Track left

Circle left 20m
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.5213steady tempo, frame, and bend, horse could be rounder and rider's hands could be quieter
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3ACircle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5willing transition but canter needs energy and forward feel, supple bend
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4A-F-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66straight but lacks activity
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5Between B & MWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212obedient but needs to sit more on HQ in transition
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6CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner6.5213a little abrupt in transition- loses forward into walk then nice march
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Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, calm transitions6.5213shows stretch and relaxation but needs ground cover- not even tracking up
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8AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness5.55.5miscue- canters off
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9ECircle right 20mRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.5213better energy, steady frame and bend, bounces a bit in connection
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10CCircle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66willing but earthbound, needs energy and power
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11C-M-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness77straight
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12Between B & FWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner7214balanced
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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77fairly straight
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6212needs power especially in canter
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6.5213very willing horse, frame needs to be rounder
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse66rider needs to develop more independent seat so that hand can be quieter allowing horse a better place to connect
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5transitions need to come more HQ
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Super horse- lovely expression, willing, and supple. Work on increased energy for more expression and better "sit" in transitions. Rider needs quieter hand to allow horse to connect. Hi Allison. Thank you for sending in your video. I simply love your horse! Such a willing and kind horse with 3 correct gaits. You demonstrate very good suppleness on circles and in corners and you rode very accurately. There are 2 issues that I think will improve your scores....1) forward 2) position. So- 1) your horse is relaxed but not powerful. If you look carefully, most of the time your horse is failing to track up underneath himself. The right (white) hind seems to be the more sluggish leg (don't worry- EVERY horse has a weaker leg!) so you need to think about using a little more right leg at all times- especially when that right hind id on the outside and needs to take a slightly longer stride than the left hind. Look at the video and you will see a very slight "bounce" in your trot work and you will see it comes as the right hind is pushing off. Addind energy and ground cover will help your horse come more over the back and will create a rounder frame. It will also help with your transitions. You will find that you need more leg to perfrom a quality downward transition than an upward because your horse needs to rock the weight back on the hind legs and slow to the next gait from behind first rather than falling on the shoulder and stopping because he runs into the shoulders. Take a look at you trot-walk transition- you will see that moment where your horse stops trotting in front and then the hind end stops- you then did a great job of pushing your horse forward into a nice active walk but we want to see a more fluid transition. 2) you have pretty good balance and your seat follows fairly well, however, your whole body works as a single unit and you need to learn to separate out your body parts. What I mean is that your sest and hips need to be relaxed and swinging with your horse but your core needs to be strong and upright. Your arms need to be separate from your upper body so that they hang quietly and don't rock back and forth if your upper body rocks. I had a trainer say to me that a horse can't hit a moving target so a rider's hands need to stay quiet and steady so the horse can find them and connect. If you watch yourself you will see that in the trot your arms follow your body back and forth in the rise and sit of the posting. In the canter you feel that your horse is behind your leg and work to keep him going but you are trying to rock with your upper body and you end up sitting too hard into his back and your hands get high. You are actually stopping the forward motion in your effort to create energy! You both have some good basics and the potential is there for much higher scores. Pat your horse for me!! And enjoy your journey.
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POINTS:166.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:166.5
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SCORE:64.038%
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