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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 #5230-1
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NAME:Mei-Yao MacKinnon
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Final Score: 62.500%
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JUDGEIda Norris
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Between X & C
Enter working trot rising.

Medium walk.
Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.66slightly to the right of the c-line.. look at c to keep straight, rider has slight collapse over ribcage.. work to keep weight in both stirrups evenly
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M
Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.5.55.5turn and look as you go through the turn.. try to steer more into the corner. horse is behind the leg at this moment and trotted after M / tends to be hollow to the left going up the long side
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66rider tilting head to right and stepping onto inside stirrup to turn.. focus on weight level in stirrups while turning, when posting get UP out of the saddle FASTER and come down gently.. the UP is what gets the horse more in front of the rider.. circle could be rounder-- use a grease board draw out the ring and practise drawing where the circle will be between the letters.. then walk it on the ground.. then ride it on the horse.. :):) horse needs more impulsion and bend
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.66good attempt at tstraightmness. horse needs energy.. and softer/ elastic connection with rider focus next on having bend in the elbows.. at the moment riders arms are stiff, bend in elbows, relaxed wrists and 4 arms are necessary to good equitation and the ability to have an elastic connection with the horse
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.66circle shape looks much better here.. still needs energy and elastic connection
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.6.56.5keep forward in downward transitions
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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.6.56.5try to get the horse to walk like he is headed back to the stable.. with lots of energy.. work to be straighter on the line
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Medium walk.




Down centerline
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.

Straightness on centerline.
77work for clearer energy
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.77thank you for such a clear and elegant salute!!!!! even clear to see on video. I soooo appreciate that ! :)
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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.66clearly need to be forward to riders aids
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212horse needs to accept some more connection but at this point the going forward has priority .. then the contact
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse66this young lady look confident and is developing well. think about balance in both stirrups, work to improve elbow ( need bend), get hands lower, closer to the front of the saddle pad. Be watching as this gal develops that she does not exhibit a lot of arch in the lower back. she needs to avoid hyperextension of the upper back ( this occurs when riders are told to sit back or lean back and they arch the lower back putting their shoulders / upper back behind their seat. this is not correct and is damaging to discs as well as not an effective position for seat/ balance
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66with better posting aids and horse more infront of her she will become more effective
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns6.56.5of for today but will be able to improve when horse is more on the leg
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I like this team. this rider is trying hard but horse is clearly not in front of the leg today. I do not like spurs on young or low level riders but if the horse would tolerate a small croop I think this rider is trying to be tactful with her legs and she needs some backup to her leg aids. Frequent transitions in more quick succession usually help sluggish horses.. trot 10-15 steps, walk 5 steps, trot 15 etc.... think also about turn on the 4 hand from the halt to help this rider begin to get some response to her leg aids.
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POINTS:100
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:100
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SCORE:62.500%
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