Intro C Test Help!
Mudpie and I have a schooling dressage show this weekend, and I chose to do the Intro C Test. However, I'm super confused about memorizing it. I'm probably just challenged, but I've only ever ridden an official dressage test once, so I don't know all the technicalities.
It will be in a small court.
So Movement 3 is "Circle right 20 meters at B" but then the next Movement is at A and it says "Circle right 20 meters developing working canter in first quarter of the circle, right lead" and then it says "Before A: working trot rising." So do I do a complete 20 meter circle at the trot, then another complete 20 meter circle at the canter, and then transition down to trot before going across the diagonal?
Does that make sense? I'm just a wee bit confused!! :lol: Not the brightest crayon in the box! ;)
Thank you so much!! :)
So excited that he's finally better and we can ride again!! :D
You can have someone call the test for you even though you memorize it. It helps calm the nerves.
I have the USEA Beginner Novice B test memorized, but the USDF tests are a little bit different, and I just need to figure out about the 20 meter circles. Do I start on the circle at a trot and then canter before A? Or do a circle at the trot, and then another circle at the canter?
mudpie, you trot 20 m circle starting at B, then continue to A on working trot -> start 20 m circle at A and passed A you transition to the canter, and then just before you complete the circle (before you hit A again) you transition back into working trot, and cross the diagonal on working trot.
Good luck at the show!
P.S. I usually memorize by riding it 2-3 times, but my memory is quite trained.... Wait till you go to Training 1: there is an extra circle there, and indeed hard to remember. Lol!
USDF Intro C :-) Wasn't our best go round, but hey, it tied us for 1st for the day ;) And at least you can see when to make your transitions!
it's basically in the corners in between letters, so you're not really making a full circle at the canter.
The judges had quite a laugh at me at the end when my poor girl tripped just as we were going to halt! I asked them if "trip at G" was in the test? ;) hehe
Lovely pony, hoofprints, and nice quare halt on your first CL!!
Just a note on the circles at A/C - make sure you don't ride into the corners when you're meant to be circling. If the test states to ride a 20 meter circle, in canter, at A, you need to ride a COMPLETE 20m circle at A, not a bit of a circle that then runs into the corner for the downward transition. You will lose marks for that - if it was an official competition, riding into the corner instead of completing the circle would win you a 4 for the movement if you were lucky!
On Saturday he decided to experiment with future career options as a rodeo horse and, wow, that horse can BUCK! ;) He cracks his back and twists and does all sorts of silly things! I did stay on for a good 8 seconds though. We decided we liked dressage better, but through the whole meeting, he was curled up and had like zero impulsion and was ridiculously slow and we were having trouble. But now I feel that as long as I lounge him first (I'll probably have to lounge first for a couple weeks – it's been 6 months so he's kinda wiggly) we can do good this weekend! Which makes me happy!! :mrgreen:
Anywho, thanks for those tips. So after A, is it okay to ride the corners deep like you usually would if you weren't on a 20 meter circle? Or did I miss the point? :lol:
Thanks guys! :)
Gee, Mudpie looks like a wild beast :P
Yep, so once you've ridden the full 20m circle, you ride back into the corner after A. If a test says to ride a full circle, you MUST ride the full circle and then ride the corners at the completion of the circle.
Be mindful that you don't overdo it competing him on the weekend if he's been out of work for a long time with an injury. Overworking him to exhaustion will sour him and he won't be too keen on going to a show next time. Make sure you allow for a lot of walk breaks before and after your test.
Absolutely(: I am very, very sensitive about that with him. xD Resting is what we do best! ;) It's not at all a serious "competition" and will consist of a small warm up, two non-judged dressage tests (both Intro C), and lots of shade and water for my wonderful boy. To be completely honest, I'm mostly going because it's at the place I call home, and I haven't been there since last April when all that crap went down... and it's my first opportunity, and I am TAKING it, gosh darn it!
Thank you so much for your advice – I'd probably fail miserably without you! :)
It sounds like Mudpie has a very good owner looking out for his best interests :)
Make sure you let us know how he goes on Sunday, best of luck!
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