|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.
USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
|Enter working trot |
Proceed working trot
|Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||6||6||drifting slightly left before halt and then really bulged left after halt with wobbles between x-g|
|Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at H||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||6.5||6.5||rider completely left camera frame which is cause for elimination in most online competitions. rider forearms braced and high , horse short tracking /tight steps|
|3||B-X||Half circle right 10m, returning to track at M||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||6||6||hocks out behind, not tracking up, braced elbows hands braced wide arms/connection: lacks throughness/ sl. over cline and bulge thru shoulder|
|Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact Shorten the reins Working trot||Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions||6||2||12||wide arms, braced elbows, rider hollow back / slight stretch but no bend on the circle and riders arms right, horse shoulder tight|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corner||6.5||6.5||hocks out behind, horse not stepping past his stifle, shoulders slightly low / riders elbows blocking|
|6||A||Medium walk||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness||6||2||12||lacked throughness and bal|
|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; willing, clear transitions||5.5||2||11||needs longer steps and more swing in the walk, had a slight jig at re-take of reins|
|Working trot |
Working canter left lead
|Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner||6.5||2||13||begins trot with hocks out behind, wide braced hands and elbows, canter depart obedient but tight|
|9||H-V||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||6||6||makes and effort but hocks out behind so horse low in shoulder and not much ground cover|
|10||V||Circle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||7||7||looks more through here|
|Change rein |
|Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness||6||6||flying change before trans: rider moving in saddle and seering with hand|
|12||C||Working canter right lead||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner||6.5||2||13||tight in shoulders/poll through corner|
|13||M-P||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||6.5||6.5||makes an effort but the hind legs push out behind, topline tight|
|14||P||Circle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6.5||6.5||not as supple in bend /bal this direction|
|15||A||Working trot||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner||7||7||horde was more through here|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corners||6.5||6.5||braced arms lacking independence from seat: hocks out behind in lengthening|
|Half circle left 10m Down centerline Halt, salute||Bend and balance in half circle; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||7||7||halt to be more settled and immobile|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||freedom|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters||5.5||2||11||engagement: hocks out behind , elasticity of steps|
|3||Submission||Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements||6||2||12||willing to be round but lacks ease of movements and throughness in the acceptance / connection|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits||6||6||qwide hand breaced 4 arms , hollow in lower back|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test||6||6||see submission: impulsion ( throughness-connection)|
|this looks like a fun horse and this team looks comfortable with each other. rider to focus on more correct hands very close together and more elastic in 4arm and elbow.. working towards more independence of the arm. Horse must be clearly in front of the leg and ACTIVE with his hind legs.. often exhibited hocks out behind today.|
Directions for the camera person:
1. Camera must be in LANDSCAPE orientation, Place the camera directly centered at/ behind “C” 3 to 6 feet from the rail (for competition this is not possible but they are right next to the judge) stand on a mounting block ( this is the same height as the judge viewing stand)
me height/ view as from of the stand the judges table is on). The horse must not be out of the camera frame at any time in the test.
2. Keep the camera centered on the horse on the centerlines.
Keep the horse in the LAST one third of the viewing screen in Landscape view ( 2/3 of the viewscreen in front of moving horse). This will allow the “judge” to see approximately two letters in front of the horse which is necessary for depth perception and line evaluation. In general, keep the horse’s feet in the bottom 1/3 of the viewfinder.
3. Zoom is ABSOLUTELY necessary. On a camera or iPhone/Droid (most have a capability of 10X) for the 20x60 ring zoom for the far end of the ring is generally 3.5 to 4 (horse to take up 1/3 of the viewfinder and must not exceed ½) . Try to zoom only once on a movement .( although it may be necessary to also reduce zoom in the same movement ) For the small ring 20 x 40 zoom for the upper half or the ring generally tends to be 2 or 2.5 .
4. Reduce Zoom back to 1x as the horse comes past X towards / near the “C” end . You will naturally have a moment of two where the horse passes directly in front of / and near the camera. It is not always a whole horse view but keep the camera moving with the horse. If the horse is required to perform a movement directly at “C”,be sure to move the camera so the viewer sees the feet/steps and head/neck connection throughout the movement. This simulates what a judge actually sees when a horse is so close.