|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 #||8368|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||drifting right after X|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.||7||7||steady|
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||nicely forward; show more inside bend|
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||7||7|
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||could be more elastic to bit|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||prompt|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||7||7||fairly willing with stretch and steps.|
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.||6.5||6.5||straight but a little right of C line|
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||could be more elastic in connection|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13||show clear inside bend on circles|
|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||Develop softer contact/more suppleness|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||straightness on C lines|
|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.
Check to be sure your saddle is well centered and your stirrups are even. Ensure that your weight is evenly distributed to each side – the same amount of pressure on each stirrup. Work on sitting up taller and keeping your elbows closer to your ribcage. While your free walk was good, I felt like your pony would stretch even deeper if you allowed more rein. Don’t completely throw your reins away, but practice allowing more rein to slide through your fingers and let the poll drop and the neck lengthen. Equally important is a smooth retake of the reins at the end of the free walk.
I liked how you changed your posting diagonal at K when you trotted across the diagonal. It’s a smoother overall picture vs changing it at X…good job!
Good luck as you progress!