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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:Ida Norris
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RIDER #6179
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NAME:Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt
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Max Pts:290
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Final Score:60.862%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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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)66bulged right and fell right off centerline/ flipped head at transition
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2C

E-X
Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at HRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness66attime poll low and curling .. retracting contact? / slightly over centerline ( see your marker)
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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; straightness6.56.5size and bend more correct this side; rider is riding and posting mostly off the right stirrup
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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 transitions6.5213some stretch needs more
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5H-P

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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 corner6.56.5conservative needs thrust: rider due to sl chair seat and lack of core strength is posting just slightly behind the horse. the up is slightly slow and the down has no core support and lands harder on the horses back
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6AMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness6212needs preparation : and more forwardness through walk for improved connection
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7V-R

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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 transitions7.5215shows some stretch and some over step
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8M

C
Working trot

Working canter left lead
Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner5210above the bit and no canter until H
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9H-VLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo6.56.5slow to develop and haunches in
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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; balance5.55.5closer to 18 M, unsteady to bridle and short neck at times / poll low and neck short on short side
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Change rein Working trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness5.55.5flipping head near F, some curling and poll low: contact lacks elasticity
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12CWorking canter right leadWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner5.5211above the bit :cut corner ; poll to left
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13M-PLengthen stride in canterWilling, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo5.55.5above the bit, tight
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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; balance66size was better . slightly poll low and some twisting of neck
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15AWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner6.56.5fell into the trot;needs bal and prep
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R
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 corners66WIDE:LOW HANDS.. you put the horses poll low ie. on the 4hand
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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)66needs bend in the turn ; needs to be clearly on cline ( see your marker behind you)
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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 hindquarters6.5213rider to improve her balance so her pushing aids become more effective
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements5.5211poll often low and horse curling away from stiffened contact, needs balance and confidence in canter
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits66slight chair seat/ needs hands closer together with forearm triangulation to assist forearm elasticity/relaxation. weight is mostly on the right seat bone and right stirrup throughout the test/
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test66rider: due to slight chair seat is slightly behind horses motion. the 'up of the posting is slightly slow and in the "down" phase the rider uses no core so quickly collapses onto horse.. difficult for the horse to come through the back.. needs thighs and lower leg more under her body, then come "up" actively/ with energy and sit down LIGHTLY ( need to use core)
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what a lovely horse! thank you for this nice turnout! work to ride this horse more actively to an elastic hand. Poll to be the highest point ( poll should not be below withers except for stretch movements.!!!) Do not focus so much on "putting his head down.. as riding forward to an ELASTIC, connection with your 4 arms and hands usable without stiffness/tension. He can be round soft and poll above the withers...... this team can achieve lots more... keep going!
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POINTS:176.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:176.5
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SCORE:60.862%
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