|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 #||6156|
|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||too many walk steps into very crooked halt. Started very straight. Be sure to put both reins in one hand and drop hand in salute.|
|2||C||Track right, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||shows energy and bend|
|3||B||Circle right 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||circle size and shape are incorrect- this should be a 20m circle|
|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.||5||5||wrong lead-corrected, circle is oddly shaped, canter labored and horse pushing through outside shoulder rather than bending|
|5||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||6||6||behind driving aids|
|6||K-X-M||Change rein, working trot rising.||Trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||7||7||don't cut corner at K|
|7||E||Circle left 20 meters.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||5.5||5.5||ride a 20m circle|
|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.||7.5||7.5||a little on shoulders, add energy, rider needs to lengthen leg and sit tall- gripping with knee which causes you to pitch forward with your upper body and for your lower leg to swing to far back with heel up|
|9||(Transition in & out of canter).||Balance and smoothness.||7||7||very nice up, needs balance and forward feel in down|
|10||Between F & B||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||fairly fluid, walk needs 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.
|7||7||don't be in such a rush to pick up reins- show off that free walk, horse could be a little better focussed|
|12||Between C & M||Working trot rising to A.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||7.5||7.5||balanced in corners, willing into active trot|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willingness, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||almost lost trot then undershot CL, many walk steps, hol halt for full 3 seconds|
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||inconsistent in forward|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||7||2||14|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||loses balance in canter|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||transitions could be more fluid|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||5.5||5.5||poor geometry|
|Talented pair but inaccuracies in ride lower score. Be sure to ride a 20m circle- not an oval or square- not 15 m. You lost quite a few points because of the shape of your figures. Try to maintain a consistent tempo in all three gaits- don't allow horses to slow but keep him forward and in front of your leg.|