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All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless specified. Halts may be through the walk. To be ridden in an ordinary snaffle with the reins in both hands.RIDER #6892
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NAME:Olivia Donauer
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Max Pts:220
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Final Score: 58.636%
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Judge:Robyn Nunnally
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CADORA TRAINING LEVEL TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot.

Halt. Salute. Proceed working trot.
Straightness on centre line. Quality of transitions,
& halt.
6.56.5tension in poll at halt
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2C Track left. Proceed to K.Quality of turn & of trot. 5.55.5counterfeited and above bit
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3KAF

FXH
Working trot.

Change rein, working trot.
Quality of trot. Straightness on diagonal.66very hollow
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4Btw H&C

C
Working canter, right lead.
Circle right 20m. Proceed to M.
Quality of transition. Roundness of circle.5.55.5somewhat reluctant to canter
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5M

MXK
Working trot. Change rein, working trot.

Proceed to A
Quality of transition. Straightness on diagonal.66crooked, abrupt at K
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6A






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Circle left, 20m in diameter, rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward. Before A, shorten the reins.

Working trot
Forward & downward stretch over the back with light contact maintaining balance & trot; size of circle; balanced transitions6212very minimal and slow to develop
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7Btw A&FMedium walk.Quality of walk. Transition5.55.5late
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8FXMLoop, free walk.Reach & ground cover of walk allowing complete freedom to stretch forward & downward6.5213active steps, needs more stretch
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9MCMedium walk.Quality of walk; transition66tension develops
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10CEWorking trotQuality of trot; balanced transition from walk66tense neck and poll
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11EWorking canter left lead & circle 20m in diameter. Proceed to KQuality of transition & canter. Balance, size & roundness of circle55reluctant to canter. then very crooked in connections
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12KA

A

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Working trot

Turn down centre

Halt. Salute.
Quality of turn. Straightness on centre line. Quality of transition & halt.66overshot C line. establish halt prior to salute
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Leave arena in walk.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity6212clarity in canter
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.5.5211must be more supple to bit
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3SubmissionAttention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand6212better response to aids
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4RiderPosition and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.5.5211more security in seat and quieter hands. wide hands may restrict stretch
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Further Remarks: horse and rider need better understanding of acceptance of bit, for rounder topline and more elasticity through body
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POINTS:129
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:129
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SCORE:58.636%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK:
So, let’s start with a correct salute! Halt, take the reins in one hand, drop your other hand straight down (not up first!), nod your head, take up your reins and move off. Centerlines and salutes are a judge’s first and final impressions of your ride, so work on them always being straight, crisp, and correct.
I’m sure you and your instructor are working on inside bend with you and your horse. Practice positioning your horse’s nose just a bit to the inside on circles and keeping it there with quiet movements on your fingers. Helping your horse be “supple” means he has a soft, giving neck and jaw. When you ask him to turn or bend, he should soften on that side and not pull against the rein. Suppleness and bending go hand in hand. As you become more adept at bending, you will notice your horse is more supple to your reins and also his body becomes softer and easier to steer.
Plan ahead for your transitions and also the turns. Make them smooth, not abrupt. Let the horse know well in advance that you are going to ask him to do something different. That will give him confidence in you and he will become more responsive.
Work on posting – use it to control the tempo: you post faster, the horse should go faster and vice versa. Land a bit softer in your saddle. Lift your chest and imagine you are pulled straight up by a rope attached to the top of your helmet. Work on steering with a direct rein, then put your hands back in their “home” position, right over the pommel. Wide hands can confuse the horse since he is feeling weight on both sides of the bit all the time. Work on keeping your hands very still, move them to steer, and then come back to the home spot. Use your fingers and soft elbows to ask for suppleness and softness from the jaw.
I’m sure with the help of an instructor you can accomplish all of these things!
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