First Level Test 3: Turn-X-Turn
USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge : FEI Trainer : AADA Founder
TRAINING THE MOVEMENTS SERIES
In First Level Test 3 there are five coefficient movements. Two I reviewed in the Training Level blogs; the Free Walk and the Stretch Circle.
The three others are the halt at X facing B, and the two canter loops.
First let’s talk about movement #7 “B turn right, X halt, proceed working trot, E turn left”
The directives on the test sheet always tell the rider what she/he is being judged on in order to achieve a high score. For this movement the directives first say “Bend and balance in turns.” Both judges at C and from the side will be looking at the trot rhythm, the bend through the horse’s body (not just the neck) at E and B and that the horse is keeping balance off its shoulders. The turns should be ridden as the quarter of a 10 meter circle.
The next part of the directives is “willing, clear transitions.” Going into and out of the halt, there should be no walk steps. But the transitions should not be abrupt and pulling into the rider’s hands nor rider pulling on horse. The horse should accept the bit before, during and after the halt.
The next part of the directives refers to the halt itself which is the essence or most important part of the movement. “Straight, attentive halt, immobility.” The judge at B or E will see the straightness and accuracy of the placement of the halt. The judge at C will see more of the balance and if the halt is square. While the 3 second rule does not apply to this halt, it does need to be clearly established before the transition to trot. I like to tell riders to halt take a breath then trot off.
Something to remember is that this movement is judged up to the start of the 10 meter circle at V so keep focused and keep riding!
Now watch the movement in the videos below
Next up, the canter loops.
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