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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and maintains a more consistent contact with the bit.
All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.
READER PLEASE NOTE: Anything in parentheses should not be read
JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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RIDER #6813
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NAME:Virginia N Sherbrooke
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Max Pts:350
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Final Score: 65.714%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66Could be straighter. Walk steps in move off.
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2C

M-V

V
Track right

Change rein, lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Bend and balance in turns; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo6.56.5Hurried. Started with steps wide behind.
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3K-D

D-L
Half circle left 10m

Working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline77
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4L-MLeg yield rightRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow6.5213Loses forward energy
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5H-P


P
Change rein, lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo6.56.5Tempo quick.
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6F-D

D-L
Half circle right 10m

Working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline77
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7L-HLeg yield leftRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow6212Head tilts. Haunches trail.
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8CMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity
and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner
8216Smooth.
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9M-V

V
Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, clear transitions7.5215Clear rhythm. Could march more.
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10K

A
Working trot

Working canter left lead
Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corners77
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11PCircle left 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5Circle appears large.
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12P-MLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo6212Strides need to cover more ground.
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13Between M-CDevelop working canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corners6.56.5Braced in return.
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14H-X-F

X
Change rein

Working trot
Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness66Not straight to F. Went to P.
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15FWorking canter right leadWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corners77
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16VCircle right 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77
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17V-HLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo5.5211On forehand. Strides need more length.
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18Between H-CDevelop working canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter, bend and balance in corners55Brief loss of rhythm.
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19MWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness6.56.5Late to aids.
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20B




Before B

B
Circle right 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact

Shorten the reins

Working trot
Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions7.5215
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21A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GAITS (Freedom and regularity)717Canter need to develop more freedom.
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2IMPULSION (Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters)6.5213Needs to be more engages. Haunches trail at times.
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3SUBMISSION (Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements)6212Canter needs better balance. Not always straight to aids. Braces departs.
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4RIDER’S POSITION AND SEAT (Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits)6.516.5Leans forward. But, weight too far back in saddle. A bit "chair seat".
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5RIDER’S CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE USE OF AIDS (Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test)616Leg needs more effect. Not always accurate. Transitions need to be prepared to be more prompt.
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POINTS:230
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:230
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SCORE:65.714%
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Hi Points: Again, that smooth walk transition! The free walk is better than First Level 1, but, still a bit restricted by too much seat. The ability to produce forward stretches is a very good point here.

Low Points: Losing forward energy at the leg yields, and some miscommunication through the aids as to when/where transitions into and out of the canter are made.

Focus: Remember that whether we are making an upward transition (trot to canter) or a downward transition (canter to trot), it's always a forward transition. So, your leg stays on. The horse has to accept your leg (light and quick, as I said above).

Exercises: So many times, a test comment for the leg yield is "haunches trail". Actually, we should think of it as "the shoulder is leading too much". Why? Because, when we think of it that way, it's easier to fix.
Your horse needs to be straight on the outside rein. That means, if you are yielding to the left, the left rein. Your active leg is still the inside (right). Very little should be happening on the inside rein--it only keeps the horse from being straight to your aids if you use it.
Your seat/balance should be centered. Leaning over only confuses the horse.
Initiate a leg yield to the left from the centerline. Be active with your inside leg and supportive with your outside rein. Before you get to the quarterline, use your outside leg once or twice to keep the horse from leading with the shoulders (think big bass drum stick). At the same time a slightly stronger half halt on the outside rein will help bring the horse's weight more over is hindquarters, making it easier for it to balance and move sideways. Be sure to keep a more elastic feel on the reins.
When things don't go as planned, don't give up. This is an example of the aids working independently--and it's not easy to learn how to coordinate everything at once.

To keep the horse from getting to quick in tempo during the trot lengthenings, practice that beautiful stretch circle that you've developed. Then, go straight and try to keep the same stretch on a straight line. That's about all the stretch you need for a lengthening at this level.

Practice taking longer and shorter strides at the canter on a circle. Think about using your leg to encourage a little longer stride each "jump" and practice coming back into a more shorter stride in the canter. Your lengthened canter should have fewer strides down the long side than your regular canter. Sometimes we increase our seat and leg too much and the horse only gets quicker and shorter.
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