|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 #||7897-1||Link:|
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.||7||7||Fairly straight|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.||6||6||more supple in turn at C, maintain connection on long side|
Walk a 10m circle in the corner C-M with a straighter neck. Do this several times thinking you are turning the outside shoulder not pulling horse around. Once you can ride this 10m circle with ease at the walk as you come out of the circle proceed to trot & go straight ahead
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||5||5||overbent neck, circle shallow & don't ride into corner on the circle|
Set up 4 cones to mark your 4 points of the 20m circle. Now ride straight to each cone and think you are turning the outside shoulder just as the nose approaches the cone. You make this 1/4 turn using both reins feeling the same weight in the reins. Not heavier inside rein, you are the shoulder not pulling the neck around
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||7||7||Steady tempo|
Once you come to the corner again come to walk and ride sever 10m circles to develop a better connection and then trot off. Do this in every corner when she hollows her top line
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||Neck overbent, not always connected to outside rein|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||Willing but needs more forward intent|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||5.5||5.5||Modest attempt, some tension over X, develop better reach through shoulder for greater ground cover|
Again you set up cones & ride your 4 points of the circle. Make sure you are not lifting you outside hand. Doing so cause you to allow the outside shoulder to escape.
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
Learn to ride both sides of your horse by keeping him between you rein and leg aids like rail road tracks.
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.||6.5||6.5||Could stay better connected in halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5|
|2||Impulsion||desire to move forward with||6.5||6.5||Sluggish at times|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||Some disconnect|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||more elastice connection|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||steadier out side rein|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6||better shape on circles|
|Work to develop better connection to both reins. Horse tends to over bend neck on circles and needs to be better connected to a steadier elastic outside rein. Workman like pair.|