|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 #||8369|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||Good straightness; a bit unsteady in contact after salute|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||could be more supple in jaw|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||6||6||circle small; show more bend|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||7||7||prompt|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6||6||stretch and steps could be more active|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||clear steps|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||hollow in contact|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||2nd half small|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||7||7|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5||energetic but tight in back and neck|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||could be more supple|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||more inside leg and half halts for bend|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||good C lines; circles not round|
|Very cute pony and nicely presented pair!|
|Good start on a cute, honest, willing pony!
Continue to work on being more supple in the connection and rounder in the neck. Do lots of circles and start working on leg yielding on your circles – leg yield to make the circle larger, then smaller. Leg yielding helps you learn to use your inside leg, which increases bend through the body. As the horse’s body becomes softer and more adjustable, the suppleness through the neck and jaw will also improve. At home, you can work on counterflexing a little (don’t do it in a test!), again just getting the horse to move and adjust different body parts. You can also practice, at home, a few steps of leg yield as you transition from walk to trot and vice versa. Again, it help with suppleness of the jaw and keeping the frame a bit rounder.
Put out some cones to diagram an accurate 20M circle. Circles should be centered (in this test, centered between E and B). You tend to collapse the 2nd half of your circles. Using your cones, ride half of a 10M circle, say E to B, and count how many strides it takes. When you ride the 2nd half, make sure you have the same number of strides.
Good luck as you progress!