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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #5535
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NAME:Danielle Polak
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 67.115%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66active strides but falling onto shoulders into halt and unbalanced, drifting out of halt
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Track left

Circle left 20m
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance7214nicely forward with fair bend, needs steadier connection
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3ACircle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5needs to sit more into transition- scrambles a bit, expressive canter
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4A-F-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness77straight in body- be careful not to overbend head/neck
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5Between B & MWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner7.5215nicely prepared and balanced
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6CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner6.5213fairly fluid- don't over-ride walk as back becomes tense and horse threatens to jog- use leg rather than seat to encourage activity/energy
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7E-F

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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, calm transitions6212needs more swing in back- leg yeilds into MW and then against hand picking up rein
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8AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness88
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9ECircle right 20mRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance8216
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10CCircle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66needs better preparation for canter- transition lacks clarity, overbent in neck throughout circle
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11C-M-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66not straight and even in connection so drifting away from rail
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12Between B & FWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212unbalanced but obedient
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13A

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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66drifting
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.7214
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6.5213
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse6.56.5
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5
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Lovely pair with some very nice basics. Work on preparation and balance into and out of canter. Quality of trot work better to the right but horse was also more relaxed and supple right! Work on keeping horse balanced between your seat and hand on centerline and use half halts to prepare her for halt. Hi Danielle- thank you for sending your video. I know that you know you are not permitted to wear bell boots in a licensed competition but I don't care!! Your horse is super with nice energy and scope. The trot work to the right was really nice- your horse was more forward and supple than to the left and your hand was quieter and steadier. I'm not sure if that is because it was the second half of the test and you both relaxed or if your horse (and you) are naturally more balanced to the right. While the work to the left was good, I want you to look at the video and compare your hand going left and right. To the left, you are busier with your fingers and your hand tends to move back and forth with your upper body as you rise and sit in the post. I did not notice that to the right. On the other hand, the left lead canter was bigger and more expressive than the right. In both leads you have a tendency to overbend your horse's head and neck to the inside. Going left you were able to maintain the straightness of her body but going right she got crooked with her HQ swinging out on the circle but swinging in on the long side and she started to get wide behind which tells me that she is not pushing through her back up in to the bridle. The canter transition down to the left was well prepared and balanced. You were unable to achieve the same quality to the left because of how crooked and on the shoulders your horse was. As the right lead improves, the down transition will improve. Let's talk a little about the up canter transition....I think you are not riding the transition but hoping that it happens! You are a good rider. THINK about the transition and PLAN for it by judicious use of half halts. Sit up tall and use your core to help her stay up instead of running into the canter. The same thing is needed in your center lines. She needs to stay even between your seat and hand and you need to be tall and strong in your upper body to give her the path. Your position is good and you are balanced but I would like to see you start to lengthen your leg more so that you are able to sit more into your horse rather than on her. I don't mean just lengthen your stirrups- I want to see you more able to open your hip angle so that your thigh is straighter and your knee is pointing more towards the ground than in front of you. If you drop your stirrups and open up your hip and turn your toe forward you should feel your seatbones drop into the saddle in a different way than they are now. It's hard and it takes time and discipline but I think that it will make a huge difference in your riding and your horse's way of going. You both have the abilty to be scoring regularly in the 70s at this level and to move up quickly. Good luck and happy riding!
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POINTS:174.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:174.5
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SCORE:67.115%
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