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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 #7388
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NAME:Felicia Crabb
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 66.563%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

Between X & C
Enter working trot rising.

Medium walk.
Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.77straight with good energy in trot, walk needs to more marching and active, try to keep hands feeling as if they are reaching forward to the bit so that your leg can push the horse into the bridle for steadier connection
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Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.77straight with supple bend in corners, horse is a little tight and high in the neck, push horse a little more forward (push from HQ- longer straides not faster) with lower leg with every stride and soften hands so that horse reaches more over his neck into the hand
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.6.56.5circle needs to be more correct round shape- less like a square, keep consistent inside flexion using leg and seat aids in addition to the rein, horse is running through the outside shoulder- close the outside leg and rein aids to keep horse wrapped around the inside leg for more correct bend, add power from HQ by driving horse more with lower leg with every stride to create a more expressive trot
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.6.56.5try to ride more fluidly through the corner at K- don't correct bend but allo horse through the corner and allow him a moment to straighten on his own, be sure to use outside aids in corner at M so that horse doesn't throw his right shoulder to the outside rather than offering true bend in the corner/turn, consider changing posting diagonal at the end of the line so that horse's balance and connection arent' impacted when you change, incfrease forward energy into the soft hand to create a rounder frame and softer back
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.6.56.5more correctly shaped circle but more energy is still needed, try to stay more balanced and upright over the horse and use core to stay more balanced so that you do not need to keep hand so high and balance from the rein- remember that the higher the rider's hands, the higher the horse's head, hands should be independent and reach forward to the horse not try to pull the horse back into a frame
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.77active march, transition could be softer if rider uses core and half halts rather than a set hand
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7H-X-FFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.7.57.5relaxed and swinging with stretch forward and down, cover more ground
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Medium walk.




Down centerline
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.

Straightness on centerline.
77straight and fair march, unsteady in bridle- softern hand and hips so that horse's back relaxes more and he comes through with the hind leg energy into your hand
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.66falling on right shoulder, unbalanced, but immobile, ride horse as clearly forward and straight into halt as you do on the CL
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity6.56.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6.5213
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse6.56.5
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns6.56.5
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Very steady and relaxed test. Increase energy and soften hand to create a more fluid and forward feel and rounder frame. Very nice pair with potential for much higher scores once horse is a little more expressive in his gaits and soft through his topline.
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POINTS:106.5
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ERRORS:
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SUBTOTAL:106.5
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SCORE:66.563%
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