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PURPOSE: Tests provide an introduction to the discipline of Western Dressage; the horse performs only at the walk and jog. The rider should demonstrate correct basic position, use of basic aids, and understanding of the figures. The horse should show relaxation; and harmony between horse and rider is important. The horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider. The jog should be a natural gait within the horse's scope and should demonstrate a swinging back.JUDGECharlotte Trentelman
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RIDER #6120-1
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NAME:Katey Douglas
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Max Pts:220
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Final Score: 68.864%
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WDAA INTRO LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working jog, proceed down center line without halting

Track right, working jog
Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; balance and bend in the turn.7.57.5Fairly straight entry. Could be more active.
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2B - E

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Half circle right 20m, working jog

Proceed straight ahead, working jog
Balance and bend on the half circle; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog.7.57.5Could show better bend.
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3Between H & CDevelop working walkWilling, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of the walk.77Prompt with clear rhythm. Needs to bend through corners.
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4M - E

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Change rein, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walks.7214Clear rhythm. Could march more.
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5KHalt 4 seconds. Proceed working walkBalance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance and bend in the corner.6.5213Not square behind. Be more prompt in move off.
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6Between A & FDevelop working jogWilling, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner, regularity and quality of the jog.77Slightly nodding. Balance could be more level.
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7B - E

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Half circle left 20m, working jog

Proceed straight ahead, working jog
Balance and bend on the half circle; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog.66Coming above bit. Needs correct bend.
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8Between K & ADevelop working walkWilling, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the walk.6.56.5Walk needs more activity.
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9F - E

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Change rein, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walks.7214Clear rhythm. Good stretch. But, should show more difference in working and free walk.
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10HHalt 4 seconds Proceed working walkBalance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.7214Not balanced in front.
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11Between C & MDevelop working jogWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the jog; balance and bend in the corner.66Needs more bend and forward energy.
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Down centerline

Working walk

Halt, salute
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.77Haunches slightly left on centerline. Halt should be straighter.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.57.5Clear rhythm.
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5Tempo changes. Not always forward.
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)7.57.5
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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 tests6.56.5Aids need to create more smooth bends through corners.
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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 performance7214Needs to be more consistently free flowing.
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POINTS:151.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:151.5
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SCORE:68.864%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK

Overall Impression: Smooth gaits with good ground cover. Rider is balanced.

High Points: Horse reaches forward nicely in both walk and jog. Shows prompt responses to aids in transitions.

Low Points: Halts need to be more balanced. Bending needs to be more correct in corners and on 1/2 circles.

Where to Focus: Horse needs to develop more strength over topline to support better balance and ability to bend.

Exercises: 1) After a working walk warm up of at least 10 minutes, build horse's strength over topline by riding circles (20-15 meters in diameter) and changing direction across the diagonal often. You can also change direction by riding through the center of a 20 meter circle (two 10 meter half circles). Try not to repeat over and over. Keep changing direction. Gradually, increase the time you work. Trail work also helps to increase time and strength.

2) To improve bends in corners, walk the corners. You can even make a small circle in the corner (6-10 meters). Get the feeling that you are bending the horse around your inside leg, like it's a fence post. With most exercises, I usually only repeat three times before moving onto something else.

3) Practice forward transitions with more emphasis on a light and quick leg aid (think, small drum stick). Your seat should be lighter--so the horse can come up a little rounder in topline to improve the lift in the steps.
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