Difference between 2018 and 2019 USEF Dressage Tests – First Level Test 1
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2019 USEF Dressage Tests Review
First Level Test One
The new 2019 -2021 USEF Intro through Fourth Level Dressage Tests effective December 1, 2018 are available at https://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/2019.asp
In First Level Test 1, the pattern is essentially the same as the previous First Level Test One, except now all the lengthenings are longer. In movement 5, the trot lengthening is now from H-P; in movement 9, the canter lengthening is H-V; in movement 13 the canter lengthening is M-P and in movement 16, the trot lengthening is K-R. This may confuse riders even more given the many different diagonal lines required for trot lengthenings in First Level and for the medium trot at Second Level.
There are now five coefficients, changed from 3. Not only are the stretch circle, the free walk and working trot to canter after the free walk still times 2, but now the medium walk is as well and the working canter at C in movement 12.
The Directives are where we see most changes in First Level. In the last test cycle, transitions were referred to as “calm.” Now in movements 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17, the judge will be looking for “clear transitions.” Also, in any movement which includes a corner, the phrase “bend and balance in corner” has been added. The movements where judges will be looking at how a rider uses the corners will be numbers 5, 8, 11, 15, and 16. Lastly “straightness” was added to the directives for the medium walk at A, movement 6.
Below is a copy of the test which you can review to help make more sense of the changes especially in the directives.
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