|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 #||7815|
|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.||5.5||5.5||poorly planned turn down CL, drifting into not maintained halt, unclear line after halt|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||energetic but bouncing in connection and needing flexion in corner|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||active strides but needs honest bend in body and relaxtion of neck into hand, mouth open and braced|
|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.||6.5||6.5||fairly balanced back to fron but lacks inside bend|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6||6||very unbalanced down, fairly willing up|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||mouth open against hand, lacks bend in turns/corners|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||nicely forward, some bend, but very unsteady and braced in bridle|
|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||shows level balance but hollow|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6||6||runs into canter pulls into trot and loses balance on shoulders|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||7||7||fluid trans|
|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||encourage longer strides and longer stretch in FW, show a clear trans back to MW|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||straight and active but hollow and against hand|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||unbalanced tuen at A then very straight and well balanced into halt- unfortunately halt not held- hold halt for a full 3 seconds to demonstrate immobility|
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||braced and against hand with mouth open, resisting bend, halts not maintained|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||7||7|
|Capable pair but horse is consistedntly against rider's hand with a a tight topline and hollow back. Rider tends to keep arms fairly straight which further causes tension in the mouth. Once rider is more independent in her seat and arms do not follow with rising and elbows are softer, horse will better be able to relax and soften to the hand and become more supple over the back. Work on using leg and seat aids to keep horse more honestly bending in his body. Good energy and push from HQ will help this partnership develop a better connection. Good luck!|