|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 #||8511|
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.||7||7||straight and balanced|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||sl counterflexion through corner then straighten on long side|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||circle poorly placed- should be centered around X not closer to A end of arena. Needs to be more forward. Shows bend but is tight and short in neck and tends to leg yield on circle rather than truly bending|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||transition from hand- hollow and braced|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||7||7||allow even longer rein for longer strides and reach through back|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||active march but against hand|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||nicely forward into trot with balance in corner but neck up|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||allowing one more inch of rein for horse to reach more through his back into the connection would make this gorgeous! Work on circle placement|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||overshot centerline. horse yanks reins in halt|
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.||6.5||6.5||better second half|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13||too tight and short through topline|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||supple bend, needs softer connection in down transitions|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6||circle placement is poor|
|Expressive horse. The second trot circle started to show the relaxation through the back required at this level. Allow him a longer rein- he has a long neck and encourage him to reach into the bridle- only when he is softly reaching forward should you then think about the frams- and, if you are doing it right, he will be in the frame from his HQ into your soft hand! Good luck with this speical horse.|