|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 #||7926-2|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.|
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.|
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.|
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.|
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||2||0|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns|
|Hi Kelly. You rode Training Level Test 1 not Intro A so your entry has to be eliminated. I still wanted to give you some feedback for the test. First off, I LOVE your horse! What a kind, relaxed, willing, confident man he is. You are indeed lucky. Your test was one of the MOST accurate tests I have every had the pleasure to judge. Your bend was correct. Your movement placements were correct. The size and shape of your circles was correct. Nicely done. The biggest issue that I see and the thing that will keep this test at about a 60% rather than a 70% is the lack of forward energy. Ironically most people tend to be lazy and wander in the walk work but your walk is fairly active and marching. If you watch the video, you will see that in the trot, your horse is many inches short of tracking up and he has very little lift to his feet. While he does have a 2 beat trot, the lack of a moment of suspension between the beats keeps it from being a quality trot. He is clearly capable, as are you. I would like to see you push him to move more energetically and actively forward. His tempo can increase- that is not a problem. Because his trot is sluggish his frame is heavy on the forehand. At Training Level we want to see a horse in a level balance from back to front with the poll as the highest point of the frame. Your rather long and loopy reins and lack of push from behind allow him to stretch out and drag himself with his front legs rather than sitting on his hind legs. I see the same frame and balance in the canter as well. Remember that in classical dressage we want to see a horse truly connected from behind to the bit- it's part of why they don't allow bitless or bridleless dressage except as demonstration rides. Your horse should come into contact with the bit and your hand- not pulling on you and not your pulling him either. It should feel like a conversation along a rubber band so that it is elastic and alive. Your connection is often absent as the reins flop alongside your horse's neck rather than connecting him back up to your hand. I think you and your horse have the potential to "kick some dressage butt" with a little effort to get him moving freely forward with energy and ground cover, tracking up consistently at the trot and over-tracking at the walk and recycling that energy through the bit and your hand. You are clearly a capable rider with a nice quiet seat and leg. I would like your leg to be more under you so that there is a straight line from your shoulder down to your hip and then to your heel rather than the little bit of chair seat you currently display. I think maybe you have ridden Western in the past and I know the Western saddle pushes you into that seat deliberately so it's hard to change posture as you change disciplines. Of course I may be wrong and you've never sat in a Western saddle in your life! LOL. I would love to have the opportunity to judge you again when you are more comfortable pushing your horse more forward. You are both so capable!! Best of luck....I hope to "see" you again.|