|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 #||6106|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||high headed and not very straight|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||5.5||5.5||overbent and moving sideways rather than bending|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||strides short and back hollow, needs bend not curling and crooked|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||very late to walk but forward|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||5.5||5.5||lacks stretch and ground cover, rider leaning forward rather than sitting up and pushing horse in front of her|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||high headed|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||out of camera....can see that horse is trotting but can't see body or neck of horse|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||5.5||5.5||not a 20m circle- odd shape and size, strides short and neck tight|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||5.5||5.5||overshot CL then drifts right. Against hand in halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6||6|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6||6||very tight through topline with short mincing steps|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||5.5||2||11||against hand and braced|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||needs more stable core and leg for straighter position and stronger leg|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||5.5||5.5||needs bend and suppleness from inside leg and seat not from rein aid|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||5.5||5.5||circle size and shape incorrect|
|Unfortunately this video is very difficult to judge because it is dark, not level, and loses horse/rider at times. That said, this horse needs to allowed to go more forward with longer more expressive strides in a longer and more relaxed frame. Bend needs to come more honestly from the rider's seat and leg aids and less from the inside rein. Rider tends to either lean forward with her upper body or allow her leg to come out in front of her and lose her balance and rhythm. This seems to be a very elegant horse and there is potential for much higher scores with some attention to the basics for both horse and rider.|