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PURPOSE: Level 1 tests confirm that the horse is building on the elements from lower levels and is developing more engagement to show sufficient impulsion as the lengthened jog and lope are performed. The horse demonstrates a more consistent light contact with the bit. These tests introduce some collection, lateral and longitudinal balance, suppleness and emphasize harmony and ride-ability.RIDER #6110
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NAME:Lisa Hensley
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JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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Max Pts:270
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Final Score: 72.778%
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WDAA LEVEL 1 TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working jog Halt, salute

Proceed working jog
Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transitions in and out of square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.77Could be more balanced behind.
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2CTrack left, working jogBalance and bend in the turn and corner; regularity and quality of the jog88
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3H - P

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Change rein, lengthen stride in jog

Working jog
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with consistent tempo and balanced transitions; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of jog.7.5Frame could lengthen more.
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4A - CSerpentine three equal loops width of arena, working jogBalance and bend on loops; spacing through the serpentine; regularity and quality of the jog.9218
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5C

R
Working lope, right lead

Circle right 15m, working lope
Willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in corner and on circle; regularity and quality of the lope.6.56.5A bit large. Needs balance.
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6R - F

F - K
Lengthen stride of lope

Develop working lope
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with consistent tempo and balanced transitions; straightness; balance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of lope.88
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7K - X - M

X
Change rein, working lope

Change of lead through 3-5 strides of jog. Proceed working lope, left lead
Straightness on diagonal; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope.7.5215Could be more balanced in lope after change.
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8M - SContinue on the rail, working lopeStraightness on diagonal; balance and bend in corners; regularity and quality of the lope7.57.5
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9SCircle left 15m, working lopeBalance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of lope77Needs better balance.
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10S - K

K - F
Lengthen stride of lope

Develop working lope
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with consistent tempo and balanced transitions; balance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of lope88
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11F - X - H

X
Change rein, working lope

Change of lead through 3-5 strides of jog. Proceed working lope, right lead
Straightness on diagonal; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope7.5215Canter needs balance after change.
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12H - MContinue on the rail, working lopeBalance and bend in the corners; regularity and quality of the lope.7.57.5
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13M

Before R
Working jog

Working walk
Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the jog and walk66Not forward at R.
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14R - K

K
Change rein, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; willing, smooth transitions; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the walks7214Would like to see more downward stretch.
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15Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Half turn on the haunches or pivot left, proceed working walk
Willingness to shorten stride; correct bend; response to rider's leg with forward intention; willingness; balance and bend in the corner.88
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16Before V

V
Shorten the stride in walk

Half turn on the haunches or pivot right, proceed working jog
Willingness to shorten stride; correct bend; response to rider's leg with forward intention; willingness; balance and bend in the corner6.56.5Stepped out behind one stride.
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17A

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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; balance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility.88
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.57.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.7.57.5Could be more supple over topline.
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)88
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4Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsEvidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests7.57.5Aids in lope need to maintain better balance, expecially after changes.
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5HarmonyThe horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance8216
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Further Remarks: Forward ride with good attention to bends. Rider could use seat/weight aids to help horse balance more in canter departs.
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POINTS:196.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:196.5
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SCORE:72.778%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK

Overall Impression: Willing horse with potential to advance up the levels, presdnted by a capable rider.

High Points: Attention to correct bend and accuracy.

Low Points: Some balance issues appeared during the lope.

Focus: Ask horse to wait for aids and be more balanced by seat in lope. Use outside leg aid to support straightness in pivot right--so horse doesn't step out. Create more downward stretch in free walk.

Exercises: 1) Balance in lope: Sometimes a rider needs to be less following with the seat if they want the horse to balance a little more over its hindquarters. Here's an exercise to try--On a large circle, at the walk, give away your inside rein for three strides. Take the rein back gently, and give the outside rein for three strides. Now, you really have to have a loop in the rein! Once you take the outside rein back, give with both reins for three strides--complete loops. Repeat this a couple of times to get the "feel", then, try the same thing at the jog. Once you have that down, go into the lope and continue the exercise. When you get to giving both reins away at the lope, you should feel how much support you need to have in your core/seat to help the horse balance.

2) Improving the stretch down in the free walk: Believe it or not, the above exercise will help you "time" your aids to improve the stretch at the walk, too!

3)To improve length of frame at the lengthened jog: Work to improve your stretch circles. Then, practice a downward stretch at the jog on a straight line. If you are light and following in your seat (not pushing), you should be able to show a difference in frame without a quicker tempo. A light leg will encourage a little more power. Remember, the term in the directives says you only need a "moderate" lengthening. Try to show a difference/transition at the end by collecting the horse with your seat and shortening the stride slightly.

Good Luck in your Journey with your horses! It's been a pleasure to watch your rides.
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