|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||Ida Norris|
|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.||6.5||6.5||Straighter balanced rider assists horse straightness.|
Shoulders and seat rocking left right and up down, rider needs lower leg around horse and back more under herself, at halt rider mostly sitting to left.
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6||6||rider leans to turn, needs improved turning aids, needs weight balanced correctly in BOTh Stirrups|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||work for improved rider core, exhibiting a double bounce in the post, lower leg and thigh back will give rider more balance/stability, horse shows as natural balance and tempo|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||rider chiropractically unlevel at hips and shoulders, needs quieter and more stable seat and core for more balanced transitions down|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6||6||shows energy, unfortunately back tight and rhythm could be clearer|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||tactful taking up of reins and hands were nicely close together, keep weight centered through turns and short side to improve bend/ some bracing topline|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6||6||prompt some bracing needs bend through corner.. along the long side you can clearly see the rider balance too far to the left|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||appreciate this horses willingness to keep a steady tempo and harmonious connection while riders balance is changing|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||7||7||bulging left until straight halt|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7||7||amazingly steady and willingly forward despite some unbalance in rider|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||top line and back tight at times; aids to be more balanced|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||5.5||5.5||unlevel at shoulder and hips, need core strength, sitts mostly too far left and left thigh and leg are looser than the right . work to get thighs and lower leg more under you for stability and improved balance9 also facilitates the ability to have more lower leg in place for steadier leg aids)|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6||6||horse was amazingly willing and compensated some for rider at times|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||work for improved bending especially through short sides|
|Willing and kind horse, a good development partnership. rider to focus on improved balance , core strength . do some cross training of the horse additionally to help. Horse shows a good ability to keep tempo and be calm with changing rider balance. FYI your U_tube video that is this test Intro B is mismarked ( says Intro A) .. but I found ikt :) Ida Norris|