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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 #7066
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NAME:Jennie Palmer
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 68.500%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST C
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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 rhythm.77quite straight and prompt into and out of halt. I did not see you put both reins in one hand and salute. This is an error of test and would cost you 2 points in an open show. on't forget to salute!!
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2CTrack right, working trot rising.Balance and bend in turn.77active and showing bend. try to slow your horse's tempo a little bit and use a more definitive post up and down like a beginner to try to ask your horse for more power and push and the beginning of some suspension
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3BCircle right 20 meters.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77steady and supple. to me it looks as if your lower leg is not on your horse so, while this is very pleasant and correct, you are not accessing the thrust and power your horse is capable of demonstrating
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Before A
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.77steady and balanced but not covering much ground. again, I think your horse has more movement if you ask for it by closing your lower leg and encouraging more jump infront my lifting your hips
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5(Transition in & out of canter).Balance and smoothness.77nicely on the aids. ask for the down with a bit more 1/2 halt so that he sits more with the hind legs in the transition
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6K-X-MChange rein, working trot rising.Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.77straight with balance in corners- I suggest that you do not change your posting diagonal until you are almost all the way across the iagonal so that you don't interfere with your horse's rhythm and balance- note he hollows as you change
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7ECircle left 20 meters.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77pleasant and relaxed with supple bend. frame could be rounder and horse could be more powerful and ground covering
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Before A
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.77more jump this direction!
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9(Transition in & out of canter).Balance and smoothness.77obedient. not as balanced in down transition this direction- use 1/2 halts to better prepare horse so that he is ready and doesn't struggle to stop his forward momentum
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10Between F & BMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.77transition could be more clear- horse sort of wanders into walk. tight in shoulers in walk but marching nicely forward
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Free walk.





Medium walk.
Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal;

Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
6.56.5stretches forward a bit but strides need to be longer. good use of loswer leg to bring horse back into medium walk. that is the leg I want you to use to create more power and expression in the trot and canter- can you feel how it lifts your horse's back an belly and allow him to step underneath himself more?
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12Between C & MWorking trot rising to A.Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.6.56.5a little over-reaction to trot! a little 1/2 halt goes a long way to make your horse focus an expect the aid so he is more ready and less surprised. could stay in a more consistent frame through 2nd corner- maybe too much rein aid and not enough seat and leg?
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Down centerline.

Halt through medium walk. Salute.
Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.66drifts left- rider over corrects and drifts right and loses balance into halt. try to keep your leg on your horse at all times so a gentle pressure is all you need to get a response if he leans on you- be sure that the other leg is still on so he doesn't drift through the other side the way he did.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity66
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.77steady and regular but needs power
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.7214fairly consistent within aids
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse77elegant rider
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions77effective but could ask for more power and expression
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns77very accurate
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So clearly this was a lovely test for a score that high! At this level you can be scoring over 70% if you just tweak some things and get your horse more forward. Forward is about power and pushing- not about tempo. If you will use those long legs of yours and encourage him to bring his back up more and bring his hind legs under more, he will be fancier and connection will be better, suppleness will improve, an scores will go up. Nice job!! Beautiful basics and correct effort.
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POINTS:137
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:137
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SCORE:68.500%
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