This is going to be my first year showing at Training level. We have a schooling show coming up at the end of March and I thought I'd try Training level 2 and 3, just to see where we are and to figure out more of what we need to work on for the year.
My big question is, I know there are portions where it asks for "rising trot" but the areas where it just says "working trot" do you sit the trot, or do you post, or does it matter?
I would plan to do rising through the whole test unless you are a phenom at sitting. I think it's technically optional but give yourself a better chance for success and do rising. Let us know how it goes! =)
It should tell you at the top of the test. "All trot work to be ridden sitting unless otherwise specified" or along those lines.
I stil lcan't get my head around how US levels link to Australian, but if your training level is the same as our preliminary level (basic walk, trot, canter, 20m circles, long diagnonals etc.) then I would be rising the test unless you are brilliant at sitting trot and will not limit the horse's back and shoulders by gripping or bouncing.
It is fine to do rising trot in all training level tests. I am often riding very green horses here and will use the rising trot to help determine their tempo and stay out of their less fit backs. I encourage all my students to use rising trot all through training level and the first tests at 1st level. There is more than enough time to use sitting trot at home and build their backs slowly.