|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 #||5261|
|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||6||rider leaning left and horse was mostly left of the centerline. work for 3 seconds of immobility.|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||appeared steadily active/ rider balanced more on right stirrup than centered|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||fairly steady / wishing for riders arms to be more independent from seat/body but rider worked to achieve good geometry|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||7.5||7.5||rider should sit a minimum of two beats of walk prior to asking horse for walk transition in order to prepare.. horse shows a steady energy and clear rhythm|
|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||liked the stretch could show more ground cover ( over track)|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||carefully took up the reins|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||7.5||7.5||need to use the corners more especially after c|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||would love to see this riders hands just a bit more closer together to facilitate more elasticity in her forearm|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||not on centerline by a lot ( if you were I wouldn't be able to see A|
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||goes forward willingly|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||7||2||14||reamined in soft contact primarily|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5||appears to leanleft and collapse slightly to left over ribcage.. would like to see hands a bit closer together. keep working on arms being independent from seat.. at times the arms follow the posting.|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||need improved rider balance to improve bending and use of corners|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||corners and centerlines|
|What a wonderful confidence building team and very harmonious!!! work on centerlines.. over all improve accuracy for this test. for additional comments I would say that I use centerlines to change direction more than diagonal changes.. so I do more than 10-15 per day. that is how you really get good at them. there are 2 in every test.. so they are important. be sure your slalute is elegant, hand off rein for 2 seconds. a lovely nod no bending or bowing or moving .. horse needs 3 seconds of immobility ( rider needs to sit quietly too :)). work to keep rider clearly working on perparing transitions.. more transitions, more frequently are the key to success.|