3. Level 4 Expectations The horse should be going forward willingly and calmly Transitions should be within two strides of the marker Halt should be square in front but not necessarily behind Corners should be ridden on a 15m diameter curve Should be able to ride correct diagonal, or correct when wrong Should be able to ride a reasonably accurate 20m circle at trot or canter Should attempt to ride accurately on the track Transitions into and out of the halt will be through the walk 4. Level 4 Requirements Maintain immobility for 4 seconds Execute canter depart from a corner with correct lead Ride circles, 20m at trot and canter Free walk showing clear lengthening of rein to enable horse to stretch neck Change of rein on short diagonal in trot Working trot and working canter LEVEL 3 – DRESSAGE PREAMBLE: At this level, the rider will be establishing an independent seat allowing more effective use of the aids and steadier paces.combinations should be working towards consolidation of rhythm, suppleness and acceptance of the contact.
Level 3 is generally suited to an experienced rider on a less established horse, or a less experienced rider on an educated horse.
Dressage tests will be ridden in sitting and/or rising trot.
Sitting trot should be reasonably steady, with the rider establishing the ability to follow the movement of the horse without interference to rhythm and contact.
With the horse’s improving balance, the ability to show lengthen strides in trot is being developed.
Transitions will be smoother and closer to the markers.
The rider may be able to work the horse from behind into a contact, but there may still be some inconsistency in the quality of the connection.
When commencing this level, combinations 5. Will be starting to show acceptance of the bridle, but the horse may not be working from behind, and the contact may still be inconsistent.
Should be working in a more consistent outline – however the horse should NOT be overbent or “pulled” into an outline The rider should have a good understanding of ringcraft 6. Level Three Requirements Maintain immobility for 4 seconds Ride straight lines Ride correct circles, 15m at trot and 20m at canter Ride serpentines of 3 loops at trot Free walk on a long rein Working trot and canter Some lengthened stride in trot Inside rein release in trot Both rein release and stretch down in trot Sitting trot Level 3 Expectations Should be going forward willingly and calmly Should show clear transitions and be closer to the marker (within one stride) Should attempt to ride corners on a 10m diameter curve Halt should be square in front May perform transitions into and out of halt through walk (2 strides max) Should attempt a reasonably steady sitting trot Should attempt to show correct bend and flexion on circles and in corners Work in a rounder frame LEVEL 2 – DRESSAGE PREAMBLE: The Rider has an independent seat with the correct use of the aids to influence the horse.
The horse will be working forward in a regular rhythm with developing impulsion.
Acceptance of the contact will be established with the horse working consistently on the bit, showing improved balance, self carriage and throughness.
Transitions will be smooth and flowing, at the markers, clearly showing the changes of pace.
Correct bend and flexion would be shown on circles and corners.
When commencing this Level, Combinations: Should be able to show a clear lengthening of pace in trot and canter Should show the horse attempting to work from behind into a steady contact, showing a willing acceptance of the bridle Should show transitions at the markers Should clearly show change of pace, smooth, forward and flowing transitions Should show correct bend and flexion on circles and corners 7. Level 2 Expectations Development of pushing power Reliably on the bit with better balance and throughness All transitions should be smooth and at the marker The halt should be square front and back, the horse should be immobile and attentive to the Rider Corners should be ridden on a 10m diameter curve Execute change of canter lead through trot (3 to 5 strides) Maintain effective sitting trot Paces and rhythm should be regular and balanced Correct flexion and bend to be shown at all times 8. Level 2 Requirements Show lengthened strides in trot and canter Execute transitions in and out of halt direct from trot Halt, immobile and attentive for 5 seconds Canter showing correct depart on a straight line Ride straight and accurately on the centre line Ride correct circles, 10m at trot and 15m at canter Lengthened strides in trot and canter Ride 3 loop serpentine at trot Ride leg yield in trot stretch forward and down in trot Canter loop off long side Change of lead through trot — LEVEL 1 – DRESSAGE PREAMBLE The horse is working reliably on the bit, in self carriage, showing submission with more balance, engagement, suppleness, impulsion and straightness.
The horse should be accepting more weight on the hindquarters with an uphill tendency and defined transitions.
The rider should have a deep, independent seat with correct use of the aids to influence the horse.
Horse and rider should appear in harmony at all times.
When commencing at this level, Combinations: May not be able to maintain consistent collected paces when required Should be able to attempt medium paces without loss of rhythm or balance 9. Level 1 Expectations All transitions should be performed fluently, at the marker, with the horse balanced and engaged Corners should be ridden on a 8m diameter curve Reliably on the bit showing self carriage Consistently engaged with an uphill tendency Suppleness and straightness Confidence and harmony in the work 10. Level 1 Requirements Show medium and collected paces at trot and canter Execute simple changes (with 3 to 5 strides of walk) Execute canter depart from walk Execute rein back Ride counter-canter Ride circles 10m at trot and canter Execute shoulder-in and travers Ride serpentines – 3 & 4 loop at trot, 3 loop at canter inside rein release in canter ADVANCED – DRESSAGE PREAMBLE: Horse and rider in harmony, with the rider able to influence the horse via the correct use of the aids.
The horse should now be showing increased engagement, impulsion and balance.
The horse is carrying more weight on his hindquarters resulting in more consistent collection, clear transitions within paces and a higher degree of submission and harmony.
Lateral work should be established. 11. Advanced Level Expectations All transitions should be performed fluently, at the marker, with the horse balanced and engaged Corners should be ridden on a 8m diameter curve A higher degree of collection is expected 12. Advanced Level Requirements Show collected, medium and extended paces Execute simple changes (with 3 to 5 strides of walk) Execute canter depart from walk Execute rein back Ride counter-canter Execute shoulder-in, travers & renvers Ride serpentines – 3 & 4 loop at trot, 3 loop at canter
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