2019 Dressage Tests Differences : 2nd Level Test 3
SECOND 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.
Good news on Second Level Test 3. All the movements are the same to ride. However, there are changes in the coefficients and language in the directive ideas.
In addition to coefficients for the Turns on the Haunches, Free Walk and the Simple Changes, now the halt rein back and the transition marks for medium trot are times 2. The canter serpentines are no longer coefficients. So now there are eight coefficient movements.
Again in the halts at the beginning and end and before the rein back, in the directives there has just been some shortening of phrases: straightness, attentiveness, immobility. The transition box for after medium trot transitions again includes the trot to the next movement. In these directives, the phrases “regularity and quality of gait” have been added for judges to consider.
Regularity and Quality of Gait is also in the directives for the Medium Canter transitions as is “straight transitions.”
In the turns on the haunches, added again is the word “tempo.”
For the walk canter depart in box 17, added is “straight transition” and “quality of gaits.” The latter phrase means that the quality of the walk just before the canter is also considered in the score as well as the canter.
In the simple changes, the word “regularity” has been added. The judges will be looking for a walk with a clear 4 beat rhythm and a canter with a clear 3 beat rhythm before and after the walk.
Lastly for the Collected Trot in box 26, the directives now include “straight transition” and “consistent tempo”
It is very important for riders and trainers to review the directive ideas for each movement in the tests which they plan to ride or instruct. The directives make it very clear what the judges will be looking for as they watch the test progress.
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