|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 #||5475|
|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.||6||6||falling right into and out of halt, resistant out of halt|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||nicely balanced through corner with energy but tight over topline|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||steady tempo but needs consistent bend and stretch through back/neck|
|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||balanced but hollow|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||willing into canter but hollow, needs better balance in down transition|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6.5||6.5||quite straight with supple bend in corners with energy and expression but head is high|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||shows bend and steady tempo but circle starts much past E, needs more relaxed topline|
|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 lateral balance but still high headed|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6.5||6.5||a little low in poll into canter but willing, needs balance and "sit" into downward|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||against hand with moth open into walk, settles into nice march|
|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||6||shows overtrack but lacks stretch forward and down|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||willing into trot and straight but braced underneck|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||overshot CL and twisting in connection into halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7||expressive mover|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5||energetic strides but tight in topline|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||braced and unsteady in connection but on aids in transitions and in figures|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7||elegant, talented rider|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||fairly consistent bend, obedient transitions but hollow and lacking honest connection|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6||6||circles need to be better placed|
|Expressive horse with talented rider. At this level we want to see a horse that is softly reaching down with a longer topline and relaxed back and neck. Unfortunately, this horse is high headed and braced in his underneck which consistently lowers scores. Andrea, if you read the "Purpose" of this level you will see that horses should demonstrate an elastic connection. While your horse is a very nice mover, he is arguing with you about connection. He is fussy in the connection and braced against your hand. You are a lovely rider with a good seat, quiet leg, and soft hand. You are demostrating some super basics. Your horse's tempo is regular and consistent, he shows fairly consistent bend on circles and in corners, and is willing and obedient in transitions. Once you have him reaching forward and through his back into your hand, you will be fabulous! I would recommend that you spend a lot of time working on having your horse stretch laterally. In other words, lots of time on circles! Ask him to overbend to the inside using a leading inside rein and a lot of inside leg and seat aids. Imagine that you are asking your horse to stretch the way gymnasts stretch before a floor routine. If we can encourage your horse to stretch out the muscles on each side, it will be easier for him to stretch over his back, too. Work on spiralling in and out on a circle. See if you can get him to make the circle bigger with his shoulders some of the time and bigger with his HQs some of the time. The more you can loosen up his back and neck, the easier it will be for you to stretch him down into your hand. Allow your hand to lead him where you want him and use your leg aids to keep him pushing from his hind legs into your hand. I don't want you to force him into a frame, I want you to show him the way to lift up his back and reach into your hand. Thank you for allowing me to watch your video. I see a lot of potential for this team and am excited to see you develop. Good luck!!|