|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 #||5561|
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||too many walk steps into halt, falling right after halt|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||supple bend in turn|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||supple ebdn and steady tempo but reins get progressively longer|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||fluid transition, walk lacks march|
|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 stretch but needs energy|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||head comes up but no other change in walk- should march|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||willing and nice bend in corner but lacks forward|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||shows bend, starts with some energy but rider allows reins to get longer and horse's head and neck fall and tempo slows|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||straight but falls on shoulders into halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6||6||tempo slows on circles in trot|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||rider allows reins to get long and reins flap- lacking connection|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5||balanced rider|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5|
|This is a very capable rider however she allows horse to run the show rather than being the driver herself. Horse starts with some energy and connection and then rider allows reins to become long- as rein lengthen, horse stops connecting to hand and tempo slows and strides become shuffling. Ride your horse energetically forward with a closed hand (not a hard pulling hand) so that rein stays the same length. You show such nice planning into bending lines and transitions- now add impulsion and connection and you will be scoring much, much better!|