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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 #5576
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NAME:Mairead Wicklow
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JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 69.310%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)88good straightness and balance
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2C

H-X-F
Track left

Change rein
Regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in turns77steady
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3A-CSerpentine 3 equal loops width of the arenaRegularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance7214accurate with clear bend
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4Between C & MWorking canter right leadWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness77prompt
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5BCircle right 20mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.52nd half small
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6AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner6.5213slight loss of balance/suppleness in trans
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K-E
Medium walk

Medium walk
Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk6212could be straighter with more activity
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8E-M

M
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 transitions; bend and balance in corner 7.5215good relaxation, stretch, and energy.  Slightly tense after retake of reins at M
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9CWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness77obedient
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10C-ASerpentine 3 equal loops width of the arenaRegularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance6.5213first loop was a bit large
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11Between A-FWorking canter left leadWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness77willing
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12BCircle left 20mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5circle is correct size and shape but could be centered better
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13CWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness7214
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Before E

E
Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing horse to stretch forward and downward, while maintaining contact

Shorten the reins

Working trot
Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, calm transitions6.5213stretch could be deeper and more active
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15A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77slightly crooked
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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.7214
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.7.5215
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse88
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions77
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Lovely demonstration of correct training and good preparedness and execution!
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POINTS:201
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:201
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SCORE:69.310%
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Extra feedback:
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Hi, Mairead, I really enjoyed watching your test! It was very well done overall and you should be proud of the teamwork displayed. Your horse is very obedient and tries very hard. The harmony was a highpoint throughout the test.
One note of caution is that the poll sometimes gets a little low. The horse has a low neck set, and a rather short neck, so this tendency is understandable in this conformation. Still, you will have to monitor that, particularly as you progress up to First Level. While the poll does get low, you do an excellent job with keeping the balance fairly level and off of the shoulders. Good job!
An area where you lost some points was in the medium walk. It was crooked and not forward enough. It can be difficult to improve the walks…often we mess them up even more! I would experiment with adding more leg or seat influence as soon as the walk is established, and giving a bit more rein (not throwing it away, but allowing a little more freedom with my elbows). Fix your eyes firmly on your destination and do not allow any wandering from that point. Try to find a good clear rhythm of 1234, 1234, and keep it. Go back and forth between the free walk and the medium walk, keeping your legs on, keeping that 1234 rhythm, with a soft following contact.
Be sure your circles are the correct size – each half should be the same. Ensure they are well centered too. Find the diagrams of the tests and study the geometry. I do an exercise where we count the strides of each half of a circle; if the first half has 7 strides, the 2nd half must also have 7 strides.
Likewise, each loop of the serpentine must be equal. Be a little less “diagonal” across the centers – yes, do a couple of straight strides but not so many that it loses the bendy feeling of a well ridden serpentine.
I found your position to be secure and well aligned. Your seat is independent and your hands are quiet. You should have no problem executing the exercises discussed above and I hope they are helpful to you.
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