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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 #7064
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NAME:Jennie Palmer
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 62.188%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

Between X & C
Enter working trot rising.

Medium walk.
Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.66horse straight but rider is falling badly to the right. reins are loose indicating a lack of connection
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Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.77nicely forward into trot but horse is hollow with head and neck up. use your core and lower leg to encourage horse to bring his HQ more unerneath you- look at the video an note that his hocks are well behin him as he moves. be careful that horse should not slow through the corner at F
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66horse bulging through the outside aids rather than bending. tempo has slowed and horse is twisting to avoid the connection and the bend. be sure to keep your outside leg and seat ais strong and use your outside rein as a wll to maintain the horse's straightness on the circle
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.66relatively straight with some bend in the corners but note that reins are loose and flopping and horse is unconnected with his head and neck up and his back hollow. because there is no connection you are needing to make very large steering movements with the reins an he tends to over-react to them. if he was more connected your aids could be quieter and more subtle and you would be able to include your seat, leg, balance, and core as aids. with the horse hollow like this, you have nothing but the reins as aids
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.6.56.5a little better in the connection and bend but still issues. Note that altho the tempo and feel of the horse's trot is forward he is stubbing his front feet into the footing and his hind legs are not close to tracking up under him which they should be in a working trot. all of this tells me that he is disconnected from back to front and needs you to create the bridge for him between the front and hind ends by using your leg to push, your core to balance, and your reins to recycle the energy
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.6.56.5fluid transition
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7H-X-FFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.66relaxed but line is not straight and horse is not taking long strides and honestly reaching over his back and swinging
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8F-A




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Medium walk.




Down centerline
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.

Straightness on centerline.
6.56.5straight but walk is sluggish. medium walk should march as if you are in a marching band in a parade marching down Main St!
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.66rider falling off right side of horse an horse becomes unbalanced and tries to find rider's center of balance- this results in crooked unbalanced 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 regularity6.56.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.66active tempo but not truly forward
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212quiet and attentive but not straight and not connected
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse6.56.5balanced rider except on CL!
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66lacks connection
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns66wanders on diagonals, circles not correct shape
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This is a nice horse with the potential for better scores once he starts using himself more correctly and accepts the connection. I know he feels as if he is going forward but he has a nice tempo- he is not forward. Work to push horse to step more underneath himself and shorten reins with a soft forward feel so he has a consistent place to go and starts to look for you. Once he is moving freely forward into your soft connection you will be able to ad the more sophisticated aids involving your seat, core, and balance. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your journey and best of luck.
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POINTS:99.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:99.5
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SCORE:62.188%
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