2019 USEF DRESSAGE TESTS REVIEW – First Level Test 3
FIRST LEVEL TEST 3
The new 2019 -2021 USEF Intro through Fourth Level Dressage Tests effective December 1, 2018 are available at the USDF Site Here.
Big changes to First Level Test Three. No more leg yield from the wall to X and back.
Instead the pattern seems to be simplified to this: V-I Leg Yield right, I circle left 10 meters, I straight ahead, C track left. S-L leg yield left, L circle right 10 meters, L straight ahead A track right.
Also gone is the halt at X facing E. The trot work seems to flow well.
In the canter, loops are now after the 15 meter circle and before the lengthenings. The lengthenings are still 36 meters long with again a separate mark for the working canter at V and S. There is a separate trot transition mark for the Working Trot before the last trot lengthening.
The coefficient movements remaining are the stretch circle, the free walk and the two canter loops. However, the leg yields and medium walk are also now times two for seven coefficents.
The USEF Test Writing committee has kept the directives uniform in their focus on “bend and balance in corners” for movements 10, 14, 19, and 20. “Clear transitions” rather than “calm” appear in both halts, the stretch circle, and both canter lengthenings.
Personally I think these small changes will help the horses and riders stay in better balance with time to prepare for leg yields and the canter loops .
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Until Next Time,
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