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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 #7242
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NAME:Katie Heatlie
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JUDGE: Ida Norris
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Max Pts:180
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Final Score: 64.444%
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WDAA INTRO LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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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.7.57.5almost straight on the line but head and neck right before halt
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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.6.56.5this horse shows a nicely active working jog, rider may need to post.... until horses back become softer, work for rounder connection horse neck up
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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.6212nicely active but slightly above the bit and needs some bending
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4E

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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.5.55.5did not stand 4 seconds.. these directives are important so be sure to follow them. work to get halt square and neck lower at halt
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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.6212looking for neck to stretch down ( poll below withers and show over track )
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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.5.55.5once agining did not stand 4 seconds... must be immobile horse and rider 4 seconds and work to get the halt square .. use voice if necessary and give the horse and aid to 'stand"
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7Between C & MDevelop working jogWilling, smooth transition; balance and bend in the corner; regularity and quality of the jog.77needs to step clearly into the jog but after starting looked steadier
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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.6.5213unsteady to the connection
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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.6.56.5overshot centerline and neck to the left throughout the line ( crooked)
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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.77very active and shows energy
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)6.56.5lower leg is slightly forward of seat.. may not be enough in contact or underbody enough to be in balance alignment for sitting jog well
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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 tests66accuracy to improve / see tutorials below to help with centerlines . may need more balanced and quiet aids for this active horse
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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 performance7214lovely horse.. looks a bit keyed up today../ may be a high energy horse but sure is lovely. work for conficent, quiet work. do a lot more transitions with a lot of preparations and work on accuracy. Post if you have too... I see that the jog is big to sit to now.. that is ok... his back must become relaxed for it to be easier to sit. be sure your legs are not too far forward.. you might actually need your stirrups like 1 inch or so shorted to support your leg.. check your alignment.
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this is a horse with a lot of talent.. looked a bit"hot" today but is beautiful! work a lot of transition and precision work to allow this horse to calm into its work and settle. Rider focus on center weight in both stirrups... post if you need to to avoid interfering with this horses very elastic jog. I gave you links to two tutorials on improving centerlines and salute to help with accuracy and test work. allow this horse to relax and drop the neck to come more through/over its back. Be sure to prepare carefully and early for all transitions. Lots of potential and you have a good start! keep going!
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POINTS:116
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:116
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SCORE:64.444%
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https://youtu.be/ULbKoYuR0ZM
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How to Improve Your Centerline !
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https://youtu.be/RWlxzZ9Li9w
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Elegant Salute tutorial
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