|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 #||6098|
|USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST C|
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk. Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||very straight and prompt and balanced into halt but against hand with mouth open and reluctant out of halt|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||shows bend but needs better balance through corner|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||naughty then relaxes somewhat into supple bend and fairly supple frame|
|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.||6||6||very tense and bouncing rather than going forward and covering ground but does manage to maintain canter rhythm|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||5.5||5.5||explosive up unbalanced down|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||braced and tense, strides too quick|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||a little quick and tense but looks as if he is almost ready to relax and stretch into a longer and more appropriate frame|
|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.||6||6||nice quality canter but becomes crooked and tense|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||5||5||wrong lead corrected|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||obedient but tense|
|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||6||unwilling to stretch through the topline but maintains correct walk, needs to show more clear transition from FW to MW|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||against hand into trot but very straight, hollow|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||line wavers, head up|
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||tension in back|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||braced and against hand, explosive in canter|
|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||6||issues with canter transitions|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||good effort to maintain figures during difficult behavior|
|Attractive horse but tense and tight this test. Despite that, the trot circles in this test were the best of all 3 tests. I would like to see the horse able to relax and stretch the neck and topline a bit more. In this test the energy has become a quick tempo with tension- in the first 2 tests the horse was pushing more with a slower tempo. Horse needs to learn to "unlock" the back and come through his body more especially in the right lead canter. Rider needs to be able to balance holding the explosiveness while still allopwing the horse to come through the back and neck to reach for the connection. Tricky ride but this horse is worth it!|