|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 #||6263|
|USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST C|
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk. Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot rhythm.||7||7||mostly in centerline little haunches left at x but corrected|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||need to go in the corner and need steadied connection|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||softer reins might allow horse to drop neck.. slightly inverted throughout and hands tight and bouncing / wide hands|
|Circle right 20 meters developing working canter in first quarter of the circle, right lead.|
Working trot rising.
|Roundness and size of circle; clear canter rhythm and bend.||6||6||rider not clearly sitting at the depart moment , wide hands / leaning in to turn means that the horse "heels over like a ship over rather than bends"|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||needs more balance and prep|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||wide hands, riders 4 arms look braced and horse is bouncing off the reins. a slightly longer rien might exhibit more harmony|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||horse inverting... wide bracing hands.... work for softer reins aso horse can drop neck|
|Circle left 20 meters developing working canter in first quarter of the circle, left lead.|
Working trot rising
|Roundness and size of circle; clear canter rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||wide hands and inside hand pulling in/ affects steering and balance|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||horse has a steady balance despite rein contact concern|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||above the bit through out.. reins look tight|
|Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; |
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.ground cover.
|6.5||6.5||ASk horse to lower neck.. poll needs to be below the withers , work for longer steps , go in the corner at H-C|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||totally cut the corner between c-M.. rider leaning in/ horse above the bit / needs softer reins?|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6.5||6.5||stepped left to get onto the centerline|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||often inverted// reins appear to retract ie pull back|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||needs leg more under rider/ hands need to be more independent. often very very wide and low and appear to be pulling backwards. work for elastic soft connection to mouth|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||see above and accuracy// ride corners and short sides|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6|
|I like this active /forward horse. rider needs to be softer with hand and hands closer together. use short sides and corners. work of hands very close together and more independent from seat.|
Ida Norris BDS 11/2020