2019 USEF DRESSAGE TESTS REVIEW – THIRD LEVEL TESTS 2 & 3
THIRD LEVEL LEVEL TESTS 2 & 3
The new 2019 -2021 USEF/USDF Intro through Fourth Level Dressage Tests effective December 1, 2018 are available on the USDF website here.
Third 2 remains essentially the same sequence of movements except the trot half passes have been eliminated. This makes this test shorter with 22 movements instead of 24.
Third 3 movements are exactly the same as the previous test.
The only additional coefficient in both tests is the Medium Walk which creates nine coefficient movements at test 2 and 3.
The changes in directives are uniform to Third 1. However, in box number 13 in test 2 and 16 in test 3, “Shorten the stride in the walk, Collected canter right lead,” now “quality of the gaits” is included instead of just quality of the canter. This means judges will be also looking at the quality of the walk just before the canter depart as a modifier to the score in addition to the actual transition and canter to A which starts the next movement.
One last addition to the Directives, is in test 3 is in the halt, rein back trot, which is the first time this transitions appears. This language has almost entirely changed to “Immobility, willing steps back with correct rhythm and count, straightness, well defined transitions.” There are many elements for rider and judge to consider in this one movement.
Test 2 flows well and personally, I don’t miss the one trot half pass going away from the judge.
Test 3 has always been a favorite of mine.
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