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PURPOSE: Tests confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear steady rhythm, accepting light contact with the bit. The horse demonstrates greater understanding of the aids and calm acceptance of the bridle; greater emphasis is placed on relaxation, harmony, rideability and pure gaits. The horse is beginning to develop more impulsion and balance.RIDER #7898
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NAME:Ansley Singleton
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Max Pts:250
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Final Score: E
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JUDGE:
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WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 4
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working jog

Halt through the walk, salute Proceed working jog
Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transitions in and out of square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.99
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2CTrack left, working jogBalance and bend in the turn and corner; regularity and quality of the jog.77
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3E

Before E
Circle left 20m, free jog

Gather the reins, working jog
Stretch forward and downward over topline with relaxation maintaining balance, tempo and regularity of jog; bend on the circle and in corner; smooth, willing retake of the reins and transition to working jog.7.5215Tempo could be a little more steady.
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4A - CSerpentine quarterline to quarterline 3 equal loops, working jogBalance, correct bend and placement of loops; regularity and quality of the jog.7214Last loop appears large.
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5Between C & HDevelop working lope, left leadWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.22Left ring at H. ELIMINATION
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6E

K - A - F
Circle left 20m, working lope

Working lope
Balance and bend on the circle and in the corners; regularity and quality of the lope.66Hollow in back. Needs to be more balanced.
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7F - X - H

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Change rein, working lope

Working jog
Straightness on diagonal; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog.77
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8H - C - M

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Working jog

Working walk
Straightness on diagonal; balance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of the jog; willing smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk7.57.5
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9B - E

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Half circle right 20m, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; regularity and quality of the walks; willing, smooth transition.7.5215Clear rhythm. Could reach forward more.
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10HWorking jogWilling, smooth transition; Balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog.7.57.5
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11C - ASerpentine quarterline to quarterline 3 loops, working jogBalance, correct bend and placement of loops; regularity and quality of the jog.6.5213Loops appear unequal.
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12Between A & KDevelop working lope, right leadWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.6.56.5Head up, hollows back.
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13E

H - C - M
Circle right 20m, working lope

Working lope
Balance and bend on the circle; regularity and quality of the lope.66Needs to stretch downward for connection.
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14M - X - K

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Change rein, working lope

Working jog
Straightness on diagonal; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5Maintain rounder topline.
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15A

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Down centerline

Halt through the working walk, salute
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog and walk; willing, smooth transition; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.88
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Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.57.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5Hollow back in lope.
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)77Hands a bit wide.
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4Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsEvidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests6.56.5Horse's neck needs to be kept straighter on outside aids.
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5HarmonyThe horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance7214
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Well presented halts and work in walk and jog. Work to establish more downward stretch in lope.

Left ring at H. This means an ELIMINATION and no score in a recognized show. As a courtesy, we have scored your full test here, but points for WDAA cannot be applied for this test. Score would have been 68.600%
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POINTS:171.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:171.5
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SCORE:E
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High Points: Suppleness and forward workmanship in walk and jog.

Low Points: Some accuracy problems, balance of the horse in lope, and video presentation at the end.

Focus: Using leg aids rather than reins. Accuracy, and learning what the judge is looking at from your video.

Exercises: We discussed keeping the horse straight and stretching over its topline above, as they were issues in both tests. In the Basic Level 4 test, accuracy played a big part.

Although the camera does distort a little of what we see, the first serpentine clearly went over the quarter line in the last loop.When you felt that the horse wasn't straight enough at the finish, you relied on your outside rein a little too much--and directed the horse to leave the ring! That's a costly error.
Depending on the type of show this is, you may be eliminated--it's part of the rules. I've sent in the scores, however, they probably should not count.
When your horse isn't straight, or going where you want it to, the first thing you should use is your legs--not the reins. The horse's "engine" is in the hindquarters. Your leg affects the engine better than the reins.
So, when things go wrong, use both legs--and your eyes! Yes, look where you want to go. The horse does feel this. Pulling back on the reins usually doesn't help much as this confuses the horse.
At that point, since it was a video show, I would have stopped the camera and restarted the test--unless you have to confirm that the video that you send is the original effort.

Another concern from people watching your video is the final presentation to the camera for equipment checks. Be sure that your view of the bit is not in shade, or presented in a dark background, like your clothing. It was hard to see your bit clearly. You should hold it out, away from your body, preferable with the footing in the ring (lighter) in the background. Also, even if you don't have spurs, lift your pant leg a little so that it is clear there is either a legal spur, or nothing, on your heel.

Gorgeous horse! Good luck in your future rides!
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