|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 #||8610|
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.||7.5||7.5||Fairly straight.|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||8||8|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||8||8|
|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.||7||7||Canter could show more ground cover.|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7.5||7.5|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||7.5||7.5||Slight nose wag.|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||8||8|
|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.||7.5||7.5|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7||7||Depart could be more clear.|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||Smooth transition.|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|7||7||Clear rhythm. Could show more reach and overstep.|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||8||8|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||9||9|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7.5||7.5|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7.5||7.5||Canter needs to develop more suppleness.|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||8.5||2||17|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7||Posting high. Leg could be more secure.|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||7.5||7.5|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||9||9|
|Super pair that shows harmony! Work to develop more volume in canter strides. Seat and leg could be more secure to allow for lighter aids--so that horse can develop even more athletically.|
|Hi Points: Horse has great attitude! Goes through puddles! Shows clear rhythm in gaits with some elasticity.
Low Points: It's hard to find really low points in this test, but, the rider seems to be overriding with her seat, especially in the walk. Also, the canter could be a little more balanced.
Focus: Developing a better walk and canter.
Exercises: First, let's talk about the walk: Moving your seat too much will actually shorten the horse's stride. Think of having a light seat, like you are sitting on a cloud. It should follow the horse's motion, but, if you want to maintain activity, you should use your lower leg--light and quick. Support with a light and quick tap of the whip if needed. If the horse "jigs", don't take your leg off. The horse need to learn to accept the leg to improve the walk and that it doesn't mean to trot. This comes in handy when you are making a transition back from free walk to medium and you want to keep the activity, but the horse wants to slow down when you retake the reins.
The canter and the leg: Again, too much seat shortens a stride. So, the light and quick pulse with the leg as the horse wants to "nod" in the canter, reminds the horse to keep its balance more uphill. Reins don't raise a horse's head. Legs do.
For longer strides in the canter my favorite exercise is to find two points in your arena--they can be dressage letter or just fence posts. In the canter, count the number of strides it takes to go from your point A to point B. If it's, say 10 strides, ask with leg and a slightly more following swing from your seat. Try to reduce the number of strides to 9 or 8. Fast isn't what you want. It's volume.
I truly enjoyed watching your test! Good luck!