|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 #||7075|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||straight but fussy in connection an unbalanced in halt|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||shows bend in corner but tension through neck|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||steady tempo and bend but very unsettled in bridle- rider's arms very straight which makes a less soft place for horse to connect- try to ben your elbows|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||fluid trans and some lovely marching steps but incosistent- relax and ride horse more forward|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6.5||6.5||shows some deisre to reach for rider's hand- encourage longer stride and more energy|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||fussy picking up reins- besure to include leg as you shorten rein and frame|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||hollow into trot, shows bend in corners|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||steady tempo and bend but bouncing against rider's hand|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||overshot CL and lacking balance into halt despite many walk steps|
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.||6.5||6.5||actively forward in trot but sluggish in walk|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||shows bend and does what is required but against hand and unsettle in connection|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||needs better transitions with horse using more hin leg and less bracing against hand|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||7||7|
|Really attractive horse with much potential. The main issue lowering the score is that the horse is braced in the bridle. Rider has a nice position and goo balance but her arms are fairly straight and the feel is bakcwards against the mouth rather than reaching forward. Spend time doing a lot of bending lines really using your inside leg and seat aids to push the horse into a softly receiving outside hand and then see if a soft release of your inside hand as a reward helps him become more willing to reach for you and connect. Best of luck with thei super horse.|