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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 #6148-1
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NAME:Natalie de Freitas
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 66.250%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot rising.

Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.7.57.5straight, could be quicker out of halt
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2CTrack left, working trot rising.Balance and bend in turn.7.57.5supple bend
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3ECircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77steady tempo and bend b ut circle should be centered over X if it starts at E, needs forward
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4Between K & AMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.66loses balance in transition, walk rhythm not quite right and steps lack march
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5F-EFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.66shows relaxation but needs more ground cover and stretch over topline, rhythm better
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6E-HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.66needs to be more energetic
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7Between H & CWorking trot rising.Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.77balanced in corner, needs forward energy both in transition and in trot
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8BCircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77good bend but topline a little tight and needs to go more forward
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9A

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Down centerline.

Halt through medium walk. Salute.
Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.77overshot CL then straight but many walk steps into halt
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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.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 horse77
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns6.56.5
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Elegant pair. Steady test. Needs increased energy and power for higher scores. Don't overcollect the medium walk as it interefers with the rhythm and becomes lateral. Hello Natalie. Thank you for sending in your video and allowing me to give you some extra help to improve an already nice test. The biggest thing that I see that is pulling down your scores is a lack of forward energy or impulsion. Your horse is nicely relaxed but I don't have a feeling that he is pushing forward with a prupose. I want to see his "wow" gaits where he is pushing from behind and showing off his natural expression. I can tell that it is in there and I want to see it. Try to imagine that you are riding every stride of trot as if you are asking for a little lengthening. I don't want speed but I want you to close your leg and encourage him to push forward so that you feel the back of the saddle under you pushing you forward. It's an awesome feeling and will increase your scores dramatically. Be a little careful in your walk. You closed your horse up a little too much and started to ride a bit front to back. This affected his frame and his rhythm. A medium walk is not a collected or short walk- it should march forward with purpose. Imagine a brass band and march in a parade. Keep your butt muscles relaxed and allow your hips to swing but keep a soft connection so that the enrgy generated recycles back under you unlike in the free walk where you allow the eenergy to slide forward and down into a giving feel. In the free walk be sure you give your horse the encouragement to stretch freely through his back and neck and follow your hand so that his frame elongates and his strides do too. A good free walk has the horse's nose below his knee, his nose is forward of the vertical, and he overtracks. I think your horse has a super walk if you set him to show it off. Lastly, you demonstrate such lovley supple bend in your corners and on your circles but your circles could be more correctly shaped and better placed. Circles that start at E and B are centered around X. Yours were closer to the A short side than the C short side. Little things like that matter now because when you move up the levels more things happen and more quickly and that accuracy will be the difference in preparation time! I want to give you 70%s.....I know you can achieve them!!
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POINTS:106
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:106
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SCORE:66.250%
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