2019 USEF DRESSAGE TESTS REVIEW – Second Level Test 2
SECOND LEVEL TEST 2
The new 2019 -2021 USEF Intro through Fourth Level Dressage Tests effective December 1, 2018 are available HERE
In Test 2 rather than begin with Medium Trot on the diagonal, the Shoulder In right comes immediately after the first centerline and then the two half circles to Travers left. Next is the mirror image of Shoulder In left, half circles to Travers right. The Travers is still a coefficient movement.
Then comes the Medium Trot M-V with the transitions mark which includes the trot V-K-A . A halt rein back was added to this test before the Free Walk. Turns on the Haunches remain (no longer coefficient movements) and the Medium Walk is now times two as is the rein back.
For the canter work, The 3 loop serpentine with the simple changes is in this test, but not as the first canter movement. It comes directly after 36 meters of Medium Canter. This will be a challenge to balance a horse for the first simple change. There is a short diagonal to Counter Canter H-B then B-F to walk at F to canter right lead before A. Then 36 meters of Medium Canter again but right into change rein to Counter Canter with a trot at K. Counter Canter is now a coefficient movement.
An interesting addition is Medium Trot on the final centerline from D to I with only a transition score at I and a halt at G. Straightness will be paramount in that final centerline but the last Medium Trot is no longer times 2!
As for the directives in this test, again some small changes in wording for the halts. In the Turns on the Haunches, the sequence of phrases has been changed and the word “tempo” has been added. That means that the rate of repetition of steps should stay the same. In the boxes for the simple changes and the quality of the serpentine, the word “Regularity” has been added. What has been deleted in the turn at C before the first shoulder in and the turn at A for the last centerline, is “bend and balance in turn.” And still no reference to corners. However, at the recent USDF convention, it was clarified by the Test Writing Committee that the expectation is that by Second Level, riders should know that bend and balance in corners is required.
Until Next Time,
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