Gaited Dressage Level A Test 01-2019

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WALK, TROT, TÖLT & CANTER

The purpose of the Gaited Dressage Test Level A is to introduce the horse and rider to the basic principles of Dressage riding and to show the horse moving freely forward with balance, rhythm and suppleness.  The rider may ride in either TROTor TÖLT but not both.  Speed of TÖLT is at the riders discretion.  Try and ride in a light, steady contact with the exception of free walk where your horse should be ridden in a long rein with freedom to stretch and lower its head.  The rider should have a good position and use of the aids and remember to breathe.  A smile will get you extra marks.  Scale of marks is standard UK marking, see table below.  Where not specifice, continue in the gait you are in to the indicated marker for the next part of the test.

Scale of marks:

Excellent10 Insufficient4
Very Good9 Fairly Bad3
Good8 Bad2
Fairly Good7 Very Bad1
Satisfactory6 Not Performed0
Sufficient5   

Errors are deducted on a fixed scale up to a maximum deduction:
1st error – 2 Pts, 2nd error – 4 Pts, 3rd error – 8 Pts, 4th error ELIMINATION

Markers Test Guidelines Max Mark
A


C
Enter at WALK and proceed down centre line  

Turn right
Rhythm, straightness
Quality of turn
Rhythm, regularity & quality of walk
10
M  to  A Between A and K WALK

TÖLT or TROT
Obedience and balance in transition
Rhythm, regularity & quality of walk & TÖLT/TROT
10
CX
XA
Half 20m circle right
Half 20m circle left
Rhythm, balance, bend & accuracy 10
A
F
B
Medium WALK
TÖLT or TROT
Circle left 20m in TÖLT or TROT
Obedience and balance in transitions
Rhythm, regularity & quality of TÖLT/TROT
Suppleness & bend around the circle
10
BM
Between M and C
At C
TÖLT or TROT
WALK

Halt immobility 5 seconds and proceed in Medium WALK
Obedience & balance in transitions
Regularity, freedom & willingness in walk
10
HXF
F
Change rein at ???
FREE WALK on a long rein across the diagonal
Medium WALK
Relaxation & stretching, stride length & suppleness
Obedience in transition
10×2
A
E
TÖLT or TROT
Circle right 20m in WALK TÖLT or TROT
Obedience & balance in transition
Rhythm, regularity & quality of TÖLT/TROT
10
E to C
At M
AT B
TÖLT or TROT
Medium WALK
Half 10m circle right to X and half 10m circle left to E
Obedience & balance in transition
Uniform bend around the half circles
10
E  to  A WALK     Obedience & balance in transition, rhythm, regularity & quality of walk
Straightness on the diagonal and bend at F
10
A
G
Down the centre line
Halt. Immobility. Salute
Rhythm & straightness Obedience, balance & relaxation in halt 10

Collective Marks (B)

SubjectMax Marks
Gaits – freedom & steadiness10X2
Impulsion- willingness to step forward, suppleness of back & steps10X2
Submission – Lightness & ease of movements, acceptance of the bit, attention & confidence10X2
Rider’s position & seat, effectiveness of aids, correctness10X2
“B” Subtotal80

Total Marks [A+B Total – Errors]  this is given as a percentage of available marks.

This test has been compiled under FEIF rules.