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PURPOSE: Tests provide an introduction to the discipline of Western Dressage; the horse performs only at the walk and jog. The rider should demonstrate correct basic position, use of basic aids, and understanding of the figures. The horse should show relaxation; and harmony between horse and rider is important. The horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider. The jog should be a natural gait within the horse's scope and should demonstrate a swinging back.RIDER #7519
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NAME:Katie Heatlie
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JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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Max Pts:180
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Final Score: 66.667%
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WDAA INTRO LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working walk

Halt, salute
Proceed working walk
Straightness, regularity and quality of the walk; balance in the downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.77Fairly straight
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2Between X & G

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Develop working jog through the working walk

Track left, working jog
Willing, smooth transition; balance and bend in the turn and corner; regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5could be straighter X - C
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3ECircle left 20m, working jog
In the last quarter of the circle develop working walk
Balance and bend on the circle; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.6.5213a few moments of tension in the neck
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Proceed straight ahead, working walk

Halt 4 seconds, proceed working walk
Straightness; regularity and quality of the walk; balance and bend in the corner; balance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.6.56.5immobile, almost square
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5F - 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 walk; balance and bend in corner; willing, smooth transition.6212could be more active in stretch and steps
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6CHalt 4 seconds, proceed working walkBalance in transition to square, straight halt; immobility; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.6.56.5square and immobile, improve with quieter mouth
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7Between C & MDevelop working jogWilling, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog.77
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8BCircle right 20m, working jog, proceed straight ahead, working jogBalance and bend on the circle and in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog; straightness.6.5213correct figure and bend; connection could be more secure
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Down centerline

Working walk

Halt, salute
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.77
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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 with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.56.5mostly supple, just a few moments of tension, esp in trans
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)77
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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 tests77
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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 performance7214
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Further Remarks: Obedient horse who seems to enjoy his job.
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POINTS:120
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:120
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SCORE:66.667%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK
I enjoyed watching your test. Your horse appears to very obedient and willing and is certainly on the correct training path. Good job!
Work on stretching in the walk. As you give in on the reins, the nose should stretch out and poll should go down to at least the point of the shoulder, or deeper. The idea is to lift the back and encourage more swing in the topline and therefore, in the gaits themselves. Also, the hind feet should overtrack the front and therefore show good ground cover.
Do a little suppling before your jog transitions to maintain some elasticity in the connection. Ask for more bend from your inside leg and rein. Instead of stiffening the neck as your leg comes on, your horse should soften and round to it.
I found your position to be well aligned. Your arms are somewhat stiff, so practice really using your elbows to do your half halts. At home, exaggerate the following motions of the walk to get your arms moving. To be effective, our arms must move and follow the bit, yet remain soft. Keeping your elbows bent with your upper arms back a little will help you find this elasticity in the contact.
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