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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 #7651-1
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NAME:Heather Johnson
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JUDGE:Ida Norris
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 61.250%
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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.6.56.5horse to be straighter: erieders weight not centered on both stirrups, rider leaning left, feet too depp in stirrups
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Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.66severe loss of energy in the alk, if you have a whip use it, keep seat quiet/ not clear for quite a while which diagonal you are on due to double bounce in posting
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.6.56.5i am unable to see if you have a stirrup iron with a hinge in them.. if you do-change to normal stirrup irons as the hinge causes or can contribute to this problem. Only use hinged stirrups if you have a physical problem such as injured knee, pinned ankle, horse needs improved balance and aids from you
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.66often not clear which diagonal you are posting with and often the incorrect one, avoid leaning to turn, needs bned thru corners and diagonal to be straighter
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66arms unable to be elastic or independent as rider has balance challenges with double bounce/ this causes a delay in the leg aids ( wrong timing and a drag on the impulsion)
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.66to prepare sit down lightly and clearly two steps prior to even asking for the transition and then MARCH on at the walk ( it is a shifting of gears/pace not BRAKING)
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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.66tap the whip lightly behind leg or on the shoulder to get energy and speed up the walk.. , seat to be quiet and relaxed , horse needs longer steps and energy
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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.
66feels like the horse is crawling slowly by F, need energy, tap lightly with whip.. keep energy
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.6.56.5needs to be active and straighter
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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.66not clearly in front of balanced or correct aids today
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212needs support from more correct aids and rider balance
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse5.55.5feet often too deep in stirrups, double bounce in posting, collapse over left rib cage and leans to turn
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66use whip gently but firmly with a brisk tap, keep horse in front of aids, if horse is CONSTANTLY AND CONSISTENTLY , EVERY DAY behind the aids then ask the vet to check for things like ulcer: lyme disease.. etc. these problems mare a horse very lethargic.
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns66
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A lovey horse and very pretty! rider to focus on correct equitation and improved balance on and off the horse, hands to be lower and together. Posting: address double bounce. Keep going.. you can do this!
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POINTS:98
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ERRORS:
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SUBTOTAL:98
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SCORE:61.250%
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