First Level Dressage Tests

First Level Dressage Tests

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Here is what you need to learn on the THE FIRST LEVEL DRESSAGE TESTS. To confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of Training Level Dressage Tests, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit.

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10 Excellent

9 Very Good

8 Good

7 Fairly Good

6 Satisfactory

5 Marginal

4 Insufficient

3 Fairly Bad

2 Bad

1 Very Bad

0 Not executed

All half marks from 0.5-9.5 may also be used both for movements and collective marks, at the discretion of the judge, and scores given must be recorded with a decimal (i.e., as 6.0 instead of 6). “Not executed” means that practically nothing of the required movement has been performed. In FEI Level Freestyle tests, half marks may be used for all marks. In tests for Young Horses, decimals to .1 may be used.

Collective marks are awarded (from 0 to 10) after the competitor has finished his performance for:

Dressage Tests:

a. Gaits.

b. Impulsion.

c. Submission.

d. The rider’s position and seat; correctness and effect of the aids.

The collective marks as well as certain difficult and/or infrequently repeated movements can be given a co-efficient which is fixed by the USDF, the Federation (USEF) Dressage Committee or the Bureau of the FEI for their respective tests.

Rider Tests:

a. Riders position

b. Riders correct and effective use of aids

c. Horse’s response and performance

d. Accuracy of the exercises

e. Harmony between Rider and Horse

Unauthorized Assistance is forbidden under penalty of elimination. Any intervention by a third party, including members of the Jury, with the object of facilitating the task of the competitor, including voice, signals, remounting, catching a horse inside the ring, etc., is illegal assistance. Except in the case of an error, any outside assistance provided by or authorized by a member of the Jury will result in elimination. A member of the Jury may not discuss a ride with a competitor before the bell or after the final salute. Use of any kind of noise making devices or equipment including “clickers” is considered unauthorized assistance and shall be penalized by elimination. The execution of the tests is not timed, except for the Freestyle Test. The time shown on the Judges’ sheet is for information only.
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