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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 #5468
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NAME:Melody Closson
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JUDGE:Robyn Nunally
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 69.688%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot rising.

Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.77fairly straight
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2CTrack left, working trot rising.Balance and bend in turn.77supple
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3ECircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.88good bend and balance
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4Between K & AMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.7.57.5fluid
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5F-EFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.6.56.5neck could stretch out more with more active stepping
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6E-HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.77
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7Between H & CWorking trot rising.Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.6.56.5slight tension in neck
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8BCircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.88
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9A

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Down centerline.

Halt through medium walk. Salute.
Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.5.55.5overshot C-line, stepped sideways into halt
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity88elastic
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.77good energy
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.7214supple
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse6.56.5right stirrup appears longer; or leaning right?
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions77
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns66turn at A not corrected
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Lovely and athletic demonstration of correct basics!
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POINTS:111.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:111.5
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SCORE:69.688%
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Extra Feedback
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Hi, Melody, I really enjoyed watching you and your lovely horse! You two are a great team!
Your horse is athletic and a good mover (would like to see the canter!). Sometimes this breed/body type can be very tight in the shoulders but your horse displays good reach and swing from the shoulders and good lift in the back.
The forward energy was good and the horse is nicely supple through the body and neck. Again, that is not always seen in this breed, often the neck is tight. You do an excellent job with keeping an elastic connection with little tension. I only had 1 mention of some tension which was during a walk-trot transition and it was quickly corrected.
The contact was steady and well accepted.
The only area in this test that needed improvement was the final halt. It didn’t start well by missing the centerline (so work on better balance in the turns and more support on the outside rein and leg) and then there was a sideways step into the actual halt. Practice doing several halts on a straight line, making sure your weight is even in the stirrups, seatbones are evenly weighted, and reins evenly balanced.
I found your position to be secure with an independent seat and quiet hands. I did notice that your right stirrup appeared longer than your left, perhaps check the stirrup leathers or maybe the saddle was leaning a bit to the offside.
Best of luck as you continue up the levels with your lovely horse!

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