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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.JUDGE:Ida Norris
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RIDER #6028-1
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NAME:Carrie Biederstadt
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Max Pts:380
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Final Score: 62.500%
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USDF FOURTH LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter collected canter

Halt, salute
Proceed collected trot
Engagement, collection and quality of gaits; well defined transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds) 6.56.5bulging out through left shoulder and unsteeady to bridle at halt, ( if the center of your arena door is A you are off the centerline) bulding through left shoulder after X. needs left thigh and more correct left rein.. neck pulled right to make the turn at C/ turn a horse "in with your thigh and seat" keeping only poll felxion and you will have correct turns
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2C

M - B
Track right

Shoulder-in right
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and collection66correct angle and bend, some irregularity behind and loss of cadance
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3B - K

K
Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; well defined transitions5.55.5correctly ridden but irrregular steps throughout
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4A

D - E
Down centerline

Half pass left
Alignment, bend, fluency and crossing of legs; engagement and collection6.5213this is fluid but lacks shoulder flexion ( ie the chest of the horse is parrallel to short side.. ride more correctly Traverse on a diagonal line to have correct flexion in shoulders and ribcage)
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5E - G

C
Half pass right

Track left
Supple change of bend; alignment, fluency and crossing of legs; engagement and collection7214is more correct this direction ( horse to be more supple laterally in the poll to improve steady connection and throughness) , needs rider sitting right and correctly positioning core and inside leg to improve bend
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6H - EShoulder-in leftAngle, bend and balance; engagement and collection66this shoulder in is very straight and lacks lateral poll flexion ( lateral poll flexion and shoulder felxion are connected and are very slight but necessary in very correct shoulder-ins) , riders thighs, seat and core flex the shoulders and ribcage
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7E - F

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Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; well defined transitions6.56.5medium ok but irrregular on short side
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8A

K - R
Collected walk

Change rein, extended walk
Regularity; suppleness of back; activity; overtrack; freedom of shoulder; stretching to the bit; well defined transitions6212some irreg steps collected walk , at times long short in ext walk
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M

Between G & H
Collected walk

Turn left

Half pirouette left
Proceed collected walk
Regularity; activity of hind legs; bend; fluency; size; self-carriage6212needs poll clearly to left and inside rein relaxed during the turn, this is very large more like turn on h. , some irreg steps coll. walk
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Between G & M

H
Half pirouette right
Proceed collected walk
Turn right
Regularity; activity of hind legs; bend; fluency; size; self-carriage7214looked better here / it was smaller poll was to right
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[AK/RMG(H)G(M)GHC]
Regularity; suppleness of the back; activity; collection; self-carriage5.55.5rhyth. to be cleraer and some irregular steps
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12CCollected canter right leadPrecise, fluent transition; engagement and collection6.56.5neck positioned right at the base of the neck at depart ( ie horse out through left shoulder.. rider leans in to turn the corner.. needs core more correctly on left seat bone also in the corner, poll twisiting as a rusult of this
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13M - F

F
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; well defined transitions66apears conservative / little change
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14A

D - B
Down centerline

Half pass right
Alignment and bend while moving fluently forward and sideways; engagement and collection6.56.5bulges out rather than turns "In" needs to turn on outside aids... loses some jump/engagement in the 1/2 pass 6.5
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15BFlying change of lead Clear, balanced, fluent, straight flying change; engagement and collection77
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16B - G

C
Half pass left

Track left
Alignment and bend while moving fluently forward and sideways; engagement and collection77rider is focusing on keeping horse parrallel to long side with neck bend.. to improve 1/2 pass ask for flexion in shoulders and ribcage using thighs and core to rotate slightly in the direction of the 1/2 pass.. ( then sit in inside seat bone to allow.. again think travers on a diagonasl line maintainsing lateral poll felxion rather than sideways with neck bend
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17H - X

Approaching X

Toward M
On diagonal develop very
collected canter
Working pirouette left toward the letter M
Proceed collected canter
Bend and balance of working pirouette; straightness, regularity, engagement and collection of canter5.5211did not start on the H_X line ( falling right first) then horse is clearly leg yielding sideways to left into the W. P. with shoulders behin. , ride a straight line and focus on your collection with corect poll flexion left and keeping engagement
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18H - K

K
Extended canter

Collected canter
Utmost ground cover with lengthening of frame, engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness; well defined transitions maintaining tempo and balance77conservative,
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19F - X - HChange rein, three flying changes of lead every fourth strideClear, balanced, fluent, straight flying changes; engagement; quality of canter 5210you lean to turn the corner to the diagonal and force the hind legs to fall out. really need to be sure that you are on both seat bones in lateral work and turns , correctly turning your core/seat thighs to steer your horse.. this is how bend is developed. riders that lean to turn push the haunshes out , lose collection and fail to felx the shoulders or ribcage during bending . first change not jumped cleanly thru, last one a counting mistake
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M - X

Approaching X

Toward H
On diagonal develop very
collected canter
Working pirouette right toward the letter H
Proceed collected canter
Bend and balance of working pirouette; straightness, regularity, engagement and collection of canter7214Need to correct and improve line -- line falls left to start- W.P. began well then rider lost core balance and leaned in -got onto right seatbone after the horse turned so the hiorse runs into the inside seatbone.. losing engagement and collection at the end of the movement/ comes slightly aghainst the hand .
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21MCollected trotWell defined, balanced transition; engagement and collection6.56.5behind the aids and sticky... needed to start riding 1/2 halts at C and be morecoreectly on outside aids in the corner to have this tranistion READY / base of neck was pulled to inside thru turn and at transtiion .. ie not clearly with left seatbone in contact, lacked core/seat truning aids for this corner
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22R - K

K
Change rein, extended trot

Collected trot
Utmost ground cover with lengthening of frame, engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness; well defined transitions maintaining tempo and balance66some irregular steps in ext and irreg steps in collected trot through turn
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23A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; engagement, collection and quality of trot; well defined transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds) 66if the lights and the center of the arena door are the centerline you are not on it, need to be straighter at halt and lacked immobility
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity55irregularity today in walk and trot/
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters6.5213engagement needs to improve and this is coupled with throughness and bend/straaightness
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6212dtraightness, bend , ease of movements
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits77
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test661/2 passes, shortsides, lines to W. pirouttes positioning in sh-in
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A beautiful horse with big gaits. Unfortunately in this test showed irregular steps in both the walk and trot ( check for comfort..... ) which affected his scores. this riders basics are coming along.. need to begin to clarify the aids to for poll, shoulder and ribcage flexion. with a review of keeeping weiight in outside seat bone in turns ( no leaning in) . additionally the base of the neck c6, c7 must not be displaced to the inside of turns... this is an avoidance of bend. Be sure lines to Working pirouette stay clean and clear.. no bulging towards wall prior . best wishes!
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POINTS:237.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:237.5
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SCORE:62.500%
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