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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #7427
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NAME:Emily Spears
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JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 66.034%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66started well but spun HQ to the right after salute
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2C

H-X-F
Track left

Change rein
Regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in turns6.56.5straight and energetic but tight neck and back
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3A-C
Serpentine 3 equal loops width of the arena
Regularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance6.5213accurate geo but could be more supple in contact
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4Between C & MWorking canter right leadWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness66poll raises with tension, should be more elastic
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5BCircle right 20mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66quick, choppy steps with hurried manner
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6AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner7214
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7Before K

K-E
Medium walk

Medium walk
Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk7214clear steps
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8E-M

M
Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, calm transitions; bend and balance in corner 6.5213shows stretch and ground cover; some resistance upon retake
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9CWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness77
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10C-A
Serpentine 3 equal loops width of the arena
Regularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance7214equal loops shown, fairly supple
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11Between A-FWorking canter left leadWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness5.55.5above bit
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12BCircle left 20mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5could be better balanced and softer in contact
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13CWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness7214
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14E




Before E

E
Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing horse to stretch forward and downward, while maintaining contact

Shorten the reins

Working trot
Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, calm transitions6.5213encourage more stretch down to lift the back and develop more swing
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15A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)6.56.5halt not well established prior to salute
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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.6.5213forward test but borderline rushing at times
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6.5213transitions could be rounder in connection
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse77could be better balanced over hips in canter work
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5work to develop more relaxation and less rushing
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Further Remarks: Athletic horse! Improve this performance with better balance; a slower tempo may help. Pay more attention to straightness on centerline.
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POINTS:191.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:191.5
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SCORE:66.034%
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Training Comments

I enjoyed watching your test and your test demonstrates an excellent understanding of the requirements at this level.
One thing that stood out was your horse is just a little too speedy. I feel that less speed may help you find a better balance. Speed is sometimes caused by tension/anticipation. Work to develop more relaxation and stretch. As you move to First Level, your lengthenings may be negatively affected by this quick tempo, so practice slowing down and using your corners while still maintaining the activity and forward feel.
Your test had just a couple moments of tension in the jaw/neck, especially in the canter transitions. These can be corrected with a half halt or two, just to remind the horse to soften. Maybe try to be more prepared before movements or transitions, especially those on a straight line (since circles almost improve bend and suppleness). As you ride across a diagonal, be prepared at any moment to throw in a circle and make the horse think you are going to ask for something different and see if that can prevent the stiffening of the neck.
Practice with allowing more rein on the stretching trot. You have stretch, but I think you can achieve more. Work on bending on the long rein too. We want the poll to go low enough that the back engages and lifts up and so the quality of the trot improves. It takes a lot of confidence to allow that to happen, so work on it and I think you can see higher scores in this area.
Another area where you lost points was the lack of straightness of the halts. It feeds off the quick tempo somewhat, so practice being more deliberate and slow: halt, breathe, salute, breathe, regather your reins, breathe, move off. Halts are in EVERY test, so work now to make them reliable and effortless.
I liked your secure, aligned position and soft, following hands. Practice sitting back and taller in the canter, not leaning forward or in.
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