Don't Understand This Dressage Test!

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    10-24-2011, 07:07 AM
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Im doing my first dressage test this sunday but I don't really understand some of the movements It is just a small informal walk and trot test but I don't get it!
Heres the test...

1. Enter at A in walk,C turn left
2 H working trot to E then half a 20mtr circle to B.
3. BMCH working tot
4. HXF change rein across diagonal
5. A medium walk half a 20 mtr circle to X
6. X half a 20 mtr circle free walk back to A
7. K working trot to E then half a 20mtr circle to B
8. FAK working trot
9. KXM change rein across diagonal
10. MCH working trot
11. H medium walk EX half 10 mtr circle walk to G
12. G Halt & Salute

But I don't understand some of the 'half circle' parts like number 2 and 11.
Also any dressage tips would be appreciated!!
Rhianna x
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    10-24-2011, 07:27 AM
I also had booklets with the figures drawn on a diagram to help me learn my tests. Here's a web site where you can print test diagrams:

Also, if you go on Google or YouTube and type in the name of your test - Intro Level Test A, B or C, you'll get a bunch of videos of people performing the test. That may even be more helpful.
    10-24-2011, 07:35 AM
Thanks, its just that this is a test made up especially for this competition, so no one else will have done it! A diagram would be helpful though thanks!
Rhianna x
    10-24-2011, 07:40 AM
Sorry, I should of known it wasn't a standard test when I saw the 10 meter half circles in a walk trot test Hmmmmm. Can you get your instructor or the person who made up the test to draw it on a diagram for you?
    10-24-2011, 07:42 AM
Good idea, thanks for your help!!
Rhianna x
    10-24-2011, 08:27 AM
I can see why you're a bit confused... there is a lot left out - like going straight from free walk to working trot? It certainly needs to be laid out more clearly.

As for the half 20m circles, well they are exactly what they sound like. Instead of riding a full 20m circle, you just ride half of one between the markers. So if it was a full 20m circle, say starting at E, you would ride around to B and back to E to complete the circle. For a half 20m circle, you just ride the half of the circle from E-B without coming all the way back to E.

Your instructor certainly didn't make a very well flowing test for you to start on, this one is quite tricky as all 'normal' tests are a mirror image, so you ride everything equally on both reins except for the free walk (and as you get higher up the levels you'll have 4 tempi changes on the right rein, then 3 tempis on the left rein. But still it is essentially a mirror on each rein)
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    10-24-2011, 08:54 AM
Right okay thank you! I am going to draw it all out to help me understand and remember it! Hopefully it will go okay on the day
Rhianna x
    10-24-2011, 09:33 AM
Maura, you can only print out diagrams for Intro A, B, C these days (at least several of us here were not lucky enough to find any test higher). Everything else you have to print out the blank form and draw the diagram yourself (OR buy a book by USDF, which is quite pricey, so I personally went with "drawing").
    10-24-2011, 12:08 PM
Kitten, I always bought those little laminated books with the diagrams. Well worth the money, IMO.
    10-24-2011, 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
Kitten, I always bought those little laminated books with the diagrams. Well worth the money, IMO.
I'm thinking about buying one next year, but they are pretty costly to my big surprise. Since I had just couple shows to go this year, I just draw mine.


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