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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).JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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RIDER #5500
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NAME:Katie Weigel
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Max Pts:180
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Final Score:
32.78
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USEA BEGINNER NOVICE TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A - X - M

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Enter working trot

Track left
Straightness of entry; regularity and quality of trot; balance on turns6.56.5Steady, could be more forward
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2ECirce left 20 meters, working trotQuality and regularity of trot; bend, balance, size and shape of circle77correct bend
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3Between K & AWorking canter left leadWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits, bend and balance66hollow in connection
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4ACircle left 20 meters working canterQuality and regularity of canter; bend, balance, size and shape of circle6.56.5suppleness improves on circle
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5Between F & BWorking trotBalance and quality of transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness66tense neck
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6Between M & CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk66could be more elastic to bit
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7H - X - F Free walkRegularity and quality of walk; reach and ground cover allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward77good stretch and activity
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8Between F & ADevelop medium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk88good steps
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Working trot

Circle right 20 meters working trot
Quality and regularity of trot; bend, size and shape of circle77nicely forward and supple
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10Between H & CWorking canter right leadWilling, calm transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance66neck stiffens in trans
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11CCircle right 20 meters working canterQuality and regularity of canter; bend, balance, size and shape of circle77correct bend
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12Between M & BWorking trotBalance and quality of transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness77prompt
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13K - X - GOnto centerlineBalance on turns; quality and regularity of trot88good balance
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14GHalt through walk, saluteWilling, calm transition; straight attentive halt; immobile (min 3 seconds)77straight
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77fairly athletic
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.66energy improved throughout the test
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3SubmissionAcceptance of the bridle. Attention and confidence. Harmony. Lightness of the forehand. Ease of movements.66keep elasticity in trans
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4RiderPosition and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.77
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Well matched pair seeming to enjoy their test!
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POINTS:121
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:121
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SCORE:32.78
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Extra Feedback
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Hi Katie,
You and your horse are fun to watch! I enjoyed seeing a test where both horse and rider are confident and like what they are doing.
You started off lacking in energy a bit but that improved as the test went on. You seemed to become more secure in asking for added effort.
To improve this performance, I suggest working on getting your horse more supple and elastic to the bit. He isn’t pulling against you, yet he could give in a little more with his neck and jaw and be softer with less weight on your reins. Basic suppling can be improved by trotting or cantering a circle and doing half halts at 4 points on the circle. With a supportive inside leg on, bring the nose around to the inside (without leaving your circle), then release the rein. Do this until the horse more willingly offers up some flexion to the inside and holds that flexion longer. Monitor the neck and make sure there is no bracing of the underside; when you see that happening, ask for additional bend and suppling.
If you aren’t already working on leg yields, now would be a good time to start! Teach him to move away from leg pressure as this also helps with suppleness. One place where we did see some bracing is the canter departs. A few well timed steps of leg yield before the canters can help move the ribcage and keep the body softer through the depart. You can teach leg yields on a circle: counter flex a bit and leg yield in, change to true bend and push it back out. This is a great exercise to lessen tight necks and improve suppleness.
I thought your position was secure with good alignment and quiet hands.



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