|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 #||7946|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||falling right into halt then very wiggly and reluctant out of halt because he was not balanced. instead of trying to control straightness with the reins, try to sit back and push horse forward evenly with both lower legs and then allow that energy to move into your even hands for horse to straighten himself.|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||shows bend but sluggish- almost walks. encourage horse to move actively forward- don't worry about his "frame" that will come if he pushes from his hind legs into the bridle not from your overcorrecting with the hand|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||showing some bend but circle more oval than round- use your inside leg and seatbone and ask horse to bend and yield in his body not just his neck. close your lower legs on him rather than pinching with your knees and using your heels alone. needs more forward energy|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||7||7||fairly fluid transition and fair march- if you lopok at your position through the short side you will see that you bring your heel back and up and pump with your upper body- try to relax your leg and get your knee and thigh more open then "hug" your horse with your calves to create energy and march|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||7||7||covers ground and relaxed- rather than pulling back with reins, try to push the reins toward your horse's mouth and use your rfelaxed leg pressure to alternate and encourage a longer stride- his head will come down more readily and correctly from the leg|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||rhythm and tempo vary as rider uses heels to propel horse and drives with her seat- try to use squeezes of leg and relax seat more so horse can bring his back up and find your seatbones rather than pushing him down and disconnecting his front and hind ends|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||7||7||willing into trot, supple in corners- add even more energy and encourage him to step under more so that he lifts his shoulders into level balance and score will be even higher|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||horse trying to move forward and show off but rider restricts with hands- your horse is super fancy! show off those big gaits- don't make him small- embrace the forward and ground cover- I know it's scarey but as you get used to it, it will seem more normal and your scores will be better|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||8||8||straight, balanced, energetic, immobile|
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||6||some super moments!|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13||willing horse|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5||stronger rider this test!|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||7||7|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||7||7|
|Really well done this test! Much improvement from first test. Rider was more upright in her core and bolder in the forward at times. Work on your balance over your horse- imagine that your feet are directly under your hips and your shoulders are directly above your hips so if your horse suddenly disappearewd out from under you you would land on your feet and your knees would bend but you wouldn't lose your balance. Try to use more of your lower leg to encourage your horse to go forward and less heel and ask for the hind legs to do what you want rather than always thinking of his front end. Very sexy horse with the potential for much higher scores. Good luck!!|