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    05-31-2009, 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
^ok, whatever you say

I though you were showing at some event show this weekend....how did you do ?
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    05-31-2009, 05:21 PM
Lower Level Dressage - being Walk,Trot and Training Level is about the Training Scale.

What is wanted in these levels - and yes, GAG, BN and N Eventing as well -

Rhythm, Relaxation, Balance, Suppleness.


The Training Level dressage tests are the easiest of all of the USEF tests, and the expectations at this level are really quite simple so the riders can focus on perfecting the basic principles of dressage. Most horses and riders with a reasonable amount of basic experience are able to perform these tests. However, being able to perform the movements does not mean they will win. Careful preparation and training before the dressage show, including fully understanding the requirements of Training Level, are the best way to be competitive.
Where to Find Training Level Dressage Tests

The instructions for the Training Level dressage tests can be found on the USEF website. The instructions on the website give the letter on the dressage court where the movement is to take place, then which movement to perform. On the official show versions of the instructions, it explains what the judge is looking for and provides a place for the judge to give a score on each movement.
Required Movements in the Training Level Dressage Tests

The USEF identifies the purpose of the Training Level dressage tests as "The purpose of the Training Level Dressage Tests is to confirm that the horse's muscles are supple and loose, and that it moves freely forward in a clear and steady rhythm, accepting contact with the bit."
The Training Level dressage tests can be performed by any horse and rider who are capable of walking, trotting, cantering, steering and stopping. They are required to make 20-metre circles at the trot and canter, walk calmly and in the third and fourth tests, perform a free walk and a stretchy circle at the trot. Free walk and stretchy circle mean that the horse is allowed to reach forward and down with his neck, lengthen his stride slightly and stretching his entire topline. They should also be able to change directions and bend at the trot--in the third test, a figure-eight is required, consisting of a 20-metre circle to the left followed by one to the right, and in the fourth test, a trot loop is requred from the corner letter, through X, and back out to the next corner.
What Dressage Judges Look for in Training Level Tests

At the Training Level of dressage, the judge wants to see a horse that is relaxed and willing to do his job. They look for balanced, smooth transitions and clear gaits. They also want to see circles that are round and the correct size, straight lines and immobile halts. The collective marks at the end of the test are given for the horse’s gaits, impulsion and submission, and the rider’s position and use of the aids.

Read more: "Requirements of the Training Level Dressage Test: What is Required at the Most Basic USEF Level of Dressage | Suite101.com" - http://horse-competitions.suite101.com/article.cfm/requirements_of_the_training_level_dressage_test#i xzz0H7PFBQOt&A


The reason why these are the basic requirements for Training Level Dressage - and Low Level Eventing - is beacuse the majority are not capeable of doing more advanced movements because they have not climbed the Training Scale yet through education and training.

One Step At A Time!

I too look forward to videos :)
    05-31-2009, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Spyder    
I though you were showing at some event show this weekend....how did you do ?
Great in dressage acctaully. First, and then I got eleminated in XC because I fell, and then I did my stadium anyway and went clear and maybe a second over the time.
    05-31-2009, 09:30 PM
Green Broke
Great post MIEventer. I don't appreciate the attitude stormyblues. I was trying help you understand the difference between training level movements and more advanced movements.
    05-31-2009, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
^I don't see those as advanced movements, and I didn't think I had an attitude at all
    05-31-2009, 10:39 PM
What was your score in your dressage phase?
    05-31-2009, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
44.2 I think
    06-03-2009, 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
^I don't see those as advanced movements, and I didn't think I had an attitude at all
Which is exactly why collected gaits aren't asked for until Second level and extended gaits aren't asked for until Third level. And you know, you can just hop on any horse in a field and it'll do third level right then and there.
I do agree that leg yields are fairly basic though.. I mean "leg=move over" the movement doesn't require too much bend, just basic obedience to the leg.
I think what Stormy is referring to (if she could bear to pick up a rule book and read some definitions) is lengthening and shortening of working paces. Again, fairly basic obedience to the leg, but as you ask for more ground cover in the lengthen stride and more carrying power from the hocks in the shortening of the stride (aka increasing difficulty) you're beginning to develop collection.
    06-04-2009, 03:55 PM
Green Broke
^Sure I guess.

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