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PURPOSE: Tests confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear steady rhythm, accepting light contact with the bit. The horse demonstrates greater understanding of the aids and calm acceptance of the bridle; greater emphasis is placed on relaxation, harmony, rideability and pure gaits. The horse is beginning to develop more impulsion and balance.RIDER #7843-1
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NAME:Kelly Gribauval-Hite
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Max Pts:230
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Final Score: 64.130%
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JUDGECharlotte Trentelman
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WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working jog

Halt through the walk, salute
Proceed working jog
Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transitions in and out of square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.66Halt not balanced in front. Walk steps in move off. At this level, walk steps are required in transitions into halt, but, not out of halt.
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2C

H - X - K
Track left

One loop, working jog
Balance and bend in the turn; balance and correct bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.6.5213Needs more ground cover. Show changes of bend (left to right to left) on quarterline.
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3K - B

B
Continue on the rail, working jog

Turn left, working jog
Balance and bend in the corners and turn; regularity and quality of the jog.77Starting to show better energy.
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4X

Before X
Circle left 20m, working jog

Develop working lope, left lead
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope.6.56.5Tempo not steady. Depart needs energy.
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5X

Before X
Circle left 20m, working lope

Develop working jog
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.5.55.5Needs ground cover. Lost lope rhythm briefly near F.
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6E

A
Turn left, working jog

Working walk
Balance and bend in the turn and corners; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.7.57.5Smooth transition.
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7F - X - H

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Change rein, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; regularity and quality of the walks; balance and bend in corner; willing, smooth transition.7214Clear rhythm. Needs to develop more reach in strides.
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8C

B
Working jog

Turn right, working jog
Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the jog; balance and bend in turn.66Almost walking. Needs better bend.
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9X

Before X
Circle right 20m, working jog

Develop working lope, right lead
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope.66Not forward. Needs to improve bending.
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10X

Before X
Circle right 20m, working lope

Develop working jog
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.5.55.5Unsteady in bridle. Lope needs to jump forward more.
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11E

E - M
Turn right, working jog

Continue on the rail, working jog
Balance and bend in the turn and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5Show better bends.
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12M - X - FOne loop, working jogBalance and correct bend on loop and in corner; regularity and quality of the jog.7214
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13A

Between A & X
Down centerline

Develop working walk for 6-8 steps, then develop working jog
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; willing smooth transitions; regularity and quality of the walk and jog.44Not enough walk steps.
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14GHalt through the walk, saluteStraightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition to walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.77Be sure to complete halt before salute (for a better look).
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Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77Clear rhythm. Needs freedom.
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5Tempo needs to be more consistent.
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)6.56.5Needs to be more centered in saddle and bring weight more forward with a more open hip. Hands become wide.
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4Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsEvidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests66Aids need to create equal bending left and right, as well as help develop more forward energy.
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5HarmonyThe horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance6.5213Test needs to be more forward to aids.
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Willing horse that needs to be asked to move forward. Remember, in Western Dressage we are honoring the working cowboy--who had to get to his job, on his horse, every day. Therefore, forward energy needs to be evident.
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POINTS:147.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:147.5
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SCORE:64.130%
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Hi Points: Willing horse with a smooth walk. The general impression is that it is a safe ride.

Lo Points: Would like to see the development of ground cover in jog and lope. Rider needs to be more centered in saddle.

Focus: Develop more reach in strides (horse). Become more balanced in saddle (rider).

Exercises: For the rider to develop more centered seat: You have a tendency to keep more weight in your right stirrup. At a standstill, stretch as tall as you can in your seat--top of head as close to the sky as you can get. Then, look over your right shoulder. Feel your weight come into your left hip. (Telling people to "put more weight into their left stirrup" sometimes just makes it worse.) You can try this right now in a chair without your horse. With your horse practice at a walk and jog. It can also be especially helpful for preparing for left lead departs. At first, you will think you are leaning over too far to the left. Have someone take a picture of you, or better yet, a video of you, coming down the centerline to see your progress.

This horse has clear rhythm at the walk and jog, but needs to develop more "jump" of stride in the lope. Western Dressage honors the working cowboy, who could not afford to move slowly from job to job during his workday. At times, they had to outrun other animals, too.
So, start along a fence, or in your pasture, and find a point to start (a fence post, dressage letter, or tree) and then pick a place about 100 to 150 feet down the fence, arena, or to another tree. Pick up your lope and count the number of strides it takes your horse to get from the first marker to the second.
If you reached your point in 12 strides, the next time you come back to your started point, increase your leg aids and ask the horse to "jump" further each stride. The goal is to make it in 10-11 strides. Get good at that, and ask for less strides.

Your horse has a nice natural stride in the walk. Be careful not to over use your seat when asking for a more active jog. A strong seat can sometimes slow a horse down. Think of a light, balanced seat, with an equally like and quick leg to activate the job a bit.
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