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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and having achieved the thrust required in First Level, now accepts more weight on the hindquarters (collection); moves with an uphill tendency, especially in the medium gaits; and is reliably on the bit. A greater degree of straightness, bending, suppleness, throughness, balance and self-carriage is required than at First Level.JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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RIDER #5539
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NAME:Susan Hamway
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Max Pts:370
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Final Score: 62.297%
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2019 USDF SECOND LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter collected trot

Halt, salute
Proceed collected trot
Engagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear, balanced transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)6.56.5could be straighter over X
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2C

H-P

P
Track left

Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Bend and balance in turns; moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance66could be more uphill with poll higher and hocks more under
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3P-K(Transitions H and P) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo66show more clarity
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4K-E

E
Shoulder-in right


Turn right
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot6.5213neck slightly overbent
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5B

B-M
Turn left

Shoulder-in left
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot6.5213more bend in body to improve
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6CHalt, rein back 3 to 4 steps
Proceed medium walk
Immobility; willing steps back with correct rhythm and count; straightness; clear transitions5.5211halt not clearly established.  RB could be more willing with clearer diagonal pairs
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7C-SMedium walkRegularity and quality of walk6212active but poll low
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8S-F

F
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; clear, balanced transitions6.5213shows relaxation and stretch, could be more active with steps and swing over the back
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9Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits66losing some elasticity in connection
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10K-S

S
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear balanced transitions55add more power and engagement, fussy in contact
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11CCircle right 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66falling in
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12M-E

E-V
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness7214fairly well balanced
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13V

K
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions77prompt
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14Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter left lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits77obedient and supple
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15F-R

R
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear balanced transitions5.55.5better effort and acceptance of bridle; needs more power
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16CCircle left 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66poll low, balanced on shoulders
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17H-B

B-P
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness6.5213active, neck a bit tight
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18P

F
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions6.56.5losing forward feel
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19Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits66neck becomes tight
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20E

E-H-C-M
Collected trot

Collected trot
Clear, balanced transition; quality of trot; consistent tempo66curling neck
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21M-V

V
Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance6.56.5expressive, be more uphill in balance
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22V-A(Transitions M and V) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo66vague - show more difference
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23A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; engagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear, balanced transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)5.55.5stepped sideways into halt
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Leave arena at A in free walk.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GAITS (Freedom and regularity)717
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2IMPULSION (Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters)6212develop power and engagement in mediums
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3SUBMISSION (Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements)6212neck almost curling with poll low at times
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4RIDER’S POSITION AND SEAT (Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits)717
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5RIDER’S CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE USE OF AIDS (Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test)616develop stronger response to leg aids
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Good effort by harmonious pair.  Improve this performance by developing a stronger uphill balance with more power from the HQ.
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POINTS:230.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:230.5
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SCORE:62.297%
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Extra feedback:
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Hi, Susan, there is much to like about your test. I appreciated the harmony and teamwork displayed. That is not always easy at 2nd level, so great job!
A recurrent comment on this test is that the poll is sometimes low. At 2nd level, the horse needs to be in an uphill balance – that uphill balance doesn’t have to shown all the time, but the tendency to have uphill balance should be developing. This balance strengthens from the hocks being underneath the body more. So there is your homework – work to encourage the hindlegs to come under so the back and shoulders can be lifted and carried rather than the hindlegs just pushing them forward. Doing some pole or cavaletti work can be helpful to get the shoulders lifting and the joints of the hindlegs more active.
As the strength and balance improve, you should be able to show more freedom in your medium gaits, with clearer transitions in and out. Practice doing shorter bursts of medium, and be more insistent that the response to your leg aids comes quicker. Likewise, from medium back to collected, be more insistent that it happens when you ask for it…try going from medium to halt sometimes to make sure he is listening.
Throughout all of these exercises, you must start asking the poll to be higher. You can’t have uphill balance with a curled neck, so you must fluff the reins and kick! Add more energy but soften the contact – perhaps even raise a rein slightly – to get him off the contact so heavily and make him carry himself. It can require a bit of bravery to do this but you two look confident in each other so trust him to figure it out.
Work to improve your shoulder-ins by doing them with a straighter neck but more bend in his body. Think 8 or 10 meter circle at any time but keep the neck straight (more outside rein). Be sure to establish an immobile halt before starting the reinback. As stated above, don’t allow the poll to be low in the halt, keep it up there as you ask for the back. As your balance becomes more secure, the steps in the RB usually develop clarity.
I found your position to be secure and well aligned. Your seat is independent and your hands are quiet.


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