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Note: Omitted compulsory elements receive a “0”. Judges Marks for Technical Execution must be given in half or full points (no tenths). All trot work must be done sitting.RIDER #6827
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NAME:Darbie Hurst
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JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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Max Pts:300
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Final Score: 71.500%
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USDF Second Level Freestyle
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TECHNICAL EXECUTION
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COMPULSORY ELEMENTSPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1Medium walk (20m continuous)66Not enough shown before free walk to score, then after free walk, braced in reins and at times above bit.
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2Free walk (20m continuous)7.5215Clear rhythm with fairly good reach.
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3Shoulder-in RIGHT in collected trot (12m min.)6.56.5Too much angle, needs to bring more balance over hindquarters.
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4Shoulder-in LEFT in collected trot (12m min.)6.56.5Too much angles engagement needs to improve.
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5Travers RIGHT in collected
trot (12m min)
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6Travers LEFT in collected
trot (12m min)
7.57.5
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7Medium trot on straight line77Good energy, but a little quick in tempo. Maintain rounder topline.
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8Simple change of lead RIGHT77Smooth down transition, a little rough in depart.
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9Simple change of lead LEFT55Trot steps in down transition. Walk steps sould be more clear.
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10Counter-canter in collected
canter RIGHT
6.56.5A bit braced in poll.
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11Counter-canter in collected
canter LEFT
77Could be better balanced.
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12Medium canter on straight
line
6.56.5Needs to show more ground cover in strides. Maintain rounder topline.
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13Halt with salute on
centerline, first and final
7.57.5Good finish! First halt should be more sustained--at least 3 seconds.
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14Rhythm, energy and elasticity7.57.5Clear rhythm, nice energy. Some elasticity lost when horse braces in poll.
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Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
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ARTISTIC IMPRESSION
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1Harmony Between Horse and Rider7321Some issues with connection.
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2Choreography design cohesiveness, use of arena, balance, creativity7428Easy to follow. Circles a bit repetitive.
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3Degree of Difficulty7214
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4Music suitability, cohesiveness, seamlessness8324All three gaits were suited by music choice.
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5Interpretation music expresses gaits, use of phrasing and dynamics8324Good attention to phrasing with changes in gaits.
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A well planned program with good cooperation. Work to keep horse more reaching into a soft connection with a rounder topline. Higher scores come with better basics!
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POINTS:214.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:214.5
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SCORE:71.500%
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High Points: It's very unusual to find a freestyle with all three music choices enhancing the horse's gaits! Also, the rider has taken time to know her music well enough to make her transitions with the changes in music. My feeling is that this freestyle would hold up in a regular show, and qualify for Regionals.

Low Points: There was a bit of bracing through the poll in both the mediums, and return to medium walk after the free walk. The shoulder in in both directions needs to be balanced more over the horse's hindquarter to develop engagement.

Focus: The rider needs to develop more strength over this horse's topline to help sustain a rounder topline with the lengthening of frame needed in the medium trot and canter. Also, a softer connection needs to be more consistent, especially in transitions.

Exercises: When walking, encourage the stretch into the free walk, and, when returning to the medium walk, be sure to keep a light and active lower leg on. The emphasis is on light aids here. If your seat increases, it will encourage the horse to raise its poll, and possibly brace. So light, active lower leg, very little seat (just following) and a more elastic "feel" of the reins--to discourage the horse from bracing, will make the transition smoother.
What I've described here is a good example of "independent aids". It takes a bit of practice and, basically, you have to be doing three things at once. Not easy, but, you've already demonstrated this in many of your movements during the test.
When schooling, make your transitions more often, so the horse becomes accustomed to the changes.
The stretch circle at the trot will help develop the stretch over the topline needed to improve your mediums--in both the trot and canter. Again, a lighter, following seat is better than too much pressure that would raise the poll.
In the canter, think of asking for 1/4 to 1/2 inch longer stride from your seat. Count your strides down the long side--or any point to point. If you make the distance in 12 strides, the next time try to reduce the number of strides to 10. This helps build "volume" in your strides.
Always remember to keep an active conversation with your reins to the horse's mouth. Give rather than take. And, when you take the rein back, do it more elastically.
The should in is where you may need to use a little more seat--momentarily. Yes, the "half halt". At the beginning of the movement, when you are creating your angle, take one stride of rocking back with your outside shoulder. This will help the horse balance more over the hindquarters. The inside leg remains active to sustain the bend. Most people allow the horse to straighten (too much angle) and the movement becomes more like a leg yield. Balance over the hindquarters and a little true bend is more correct.

I enjoyed watching your ride. Good Luck!
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