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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 to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.RIDER #5474
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NAME:Jen Ruberto
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Max Pts:360
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Final Score:65.694%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66wide behind in halt, slow in move off
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2C

H-X-F

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Track left

Change rein, lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Bend and balance in turns; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo5.55.5canters, no real length
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3V - ILeg yield rightRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow7214nice crossing, could be straighter and softer in conncetion
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4I

I

C
Circle left 10m

Straight ahead

Track left
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline77fairly balanced and supple
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5S-LLeg yield leftRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow6.5213little los of HQ at end, needs softer connection
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6L

L

A
Circle right 10m

Straight ahead

Track right
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline7.57.5nicely balanced, good frame
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7E





Before E

E
Circle right 20m 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 transitions6.5213clear stretch- allow longer rein for longer stretch
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8HMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend; balance; straightness6.5213could be more forward into transition fair march
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9M-V

V
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 transitions7214some lovely stretch and overtrack- don't be in a hurry to pick him up- wait until you are closer to V and let the rail help you
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10K

A
Working trot

Working canter, left lead
Willing, calm transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner5.55.5tense and hollow- anticipating
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11F-X-MOne loop maintaining left leadRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of loop; positioning; balance7214balanced- allow more forward
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12CCircle left 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5slight head wag, go more forward
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13H-VLengthen stride in canterModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; willing, clear transition; straightness; consistent tempo66minimal but maintains straightness, wide behind
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14VWorking canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corners6.56.5clear
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15F-X-H

X
Change rein

Change of lead through trot
Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness77nicely on aids, could be rounder into up
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16M-X-FOne loop maintaining right leadRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of loop; positioning; balance6.5213HQ swing over X and overbent right returning to track
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17ACircle right 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance7.57.5add impulsion
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18K-SLengthen stride in canterModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; willing, clear transition; straightness; consistent tempo66shows length but very crooked
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19SWorking canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner6.56.5clear difference
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20CWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner6.56.5fairly balanced
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21M-X-K

K
Lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo66minimal- needs to cover ground
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22A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)7.57.5
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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 hindquarters6212
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6.5213
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits77
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test66
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Relaxed and nicely through. Increase power in lengthenings and work on straightness in LY. So much more through and relaxed in this test! Nicely done. Everything I said in the first test still applies here but not as much in some cases! He really does need to increase his pushing power in the lengthenings if he is going to move up to Second Level where he needs to show the power and ground cover of a true medium. Try working on cavaletti or hills to help him understand. For you- be sure you do not lean forward and take your weight onto his shoulders. Also be careful to maintain a soft, consistent connection- you don't need to pull back or let go- he needs to move into your hand. Try not changing your posting diagnoal until you are almost across the diagonal and starting to think about bringing him back- the change can cause a subtle change in his balance and keep him from carrying the power. Much better in both the FW and stretch circle this test. In the FW, wait longer before picking him up. As soon as you thought collect, he tensed and the lovely swing you had was gone. Use the rail and the turn to help you shorten your reins and his stride. I like the way you rode the stretch circle better but I would like to see you actually take your hands more forward as they are in your lap. I would also like to see you allow him more rein because it looked as if he was willing to give you more stretch if you had given him more room to do so. Those leg yields are killers! You have no time to prepare and are moving away from the rail.....But you did them pretty well. Try to think about softening your rein more so that he doesn't brace and hollow and think about riding it as a half pass so that you don't allow yourself to overbend him away from the direction of travel. He is allowed to be flexed but too much felxion will become bend and then the sideways motion will become blocked. Really nice job. Congratulations!
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POINTS:236.5
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SUBTOTAL:236.5
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SCORE:65.694%
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