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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and maintains a more consistent contact with the bit.
All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.
JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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RIDER #5474-1
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NAME:Jen Ruberto
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Max Pts:290
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Final Score:62.931%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66fairly straight CL but against hand and unbalanced in halt
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2C

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Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at HRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness6.56.5supple in body- don't be in a rush to change bend
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3B-XHalf circle right 10m, returning to track at MRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness66not as supple this direction, tight in neck
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4C

Before C

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Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact Shorten the reins Working trotForward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions6212minmal- tends to come behind vertical rather than stretching out, fussy picking up reins, do not ride into corners on a circle
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Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trotModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corner6.56.5shows lift and suspension but strides need to gain more ground
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6AMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness7214fluid trans, walk a bit stilted
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Change rein, free walk Medium walkRegularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, clear transitions5.5211jigs x 2, inattentive, do not make hands wide- push hands towards horse's ears and keep hands together- not that his stretch is better before you widen your hands
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8M

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Working trot Working canter left leadWilling, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner6212keep outside aids on to hold HQ straight but fairly willing transitions
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9H-VLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo66shows length but HQ very inside
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10VCircle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77nice come back and balanced circle, head wags at times
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Change rein Working trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness77willing and balanced but not straight
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12CWorking canter right leadWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner5.5211hollow and tense
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13M-PLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo66minimal ground cover, crooked
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14PCircle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circleWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77balanced
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15AWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner77nicely on aids
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Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trotModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corners66tight in shoulders, more quickening than lengthening
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Half circle left 10m Down centerline Halt, saluteBend and balance in half circle; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77needs better balance into halt
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters6.5213
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6212
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits6.56.5
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test66
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Elegant horse with some tension. Try to keep your head up and shoulders back to keep your core strong to help horse move more fluidly under you and through his back into the connection. Needs increased power and thrust in lengthenings. Hi Jen. Nice to see you again! I see quite a bit that I like in this test. You are riding accurately and the canter work is certainly a highlight. I would like you to take a look at the video and watch the 10m teardrops....you should see that your horse is nice and supple going to the left but you change your bend rather than allowing him to straighten softly first so that the movement looks as if there is more hand-riding than we want. Take that extra moment to allow him to straighten out of the left bend and then wait until you are closer to the corner to start to ask for you new, right bend. In the teardrop to the righ, note that he wants to swing his HQ out to the left and fall on his right shoulder. Keep your outside leg on behind the girth and even lift your inside rein a tad to help him stay up in his balance. Remember that the FW and stratch circle shouls demontrate that your horse wants to reach for your connection. Making your hands wide puts him down but also puts him on the FH and encourages him to curl BTV. Don't over-ride the FW- keep your seat relaxed and swinging and allow your legs to softly push him more forward so that he does not jig. Your horse's canter is very nice and balanced and scopey. Don't be afraid to allow him to go a little bigger or faster to allow you to really express the brilliance. Be careful in the lengthening that his HQ swing to the inside. Try to position him into a feel of shoulder fore but do not overbend his head to the inside. Work on increasing the push from his HQ in the trot lengthenings- the first one showed some lovely lift and cadence but little increase in stride. The second one got quick and he tightened in his shoulders rather than swinging his leg forward. Spend time on a circle extending and collecting the trot until you feel he is more adjustable and balanced and then try the diagonal. Allow the lengthening to grow- don't shoot him out of a cannon! Although he was a little naughty and kicked out the arena pole, you rode very tactfully past it into the right lead despite his tension and bracing. You guys are a very nice team and there are just little things that need to be smoothed out for the scores to increase. Good luck!!
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POINTS:182.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:182.5
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SCORE:62.931%
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