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First Level Dressage

First Level Dressage continues to develop the horse's suppleness by adding lengthening of stride, 15m circles, single loops and leg yielding. These movements are also excellent indicators of the development of the horse's balance and throughness, as well as his ability for forward movement through thrust (i.e. - lengthening of stride). Here is where they develop the necessary skills, training and musculature to perform the advanced level movements of the higher levels.

First Level is comprised of 3 tests. Rider's may also choose to perform a Musical Freestyle at this level. These tests include walk, trot and canter work. They also contain leg yielding, single loops, lead changes through trot and smaller circles demonstrate the horse's balance and reponsiveness. These movements also illustrate the advancement of the horse's suppleness from the Training level. The horse and rider must demonstrate their ability to effectively perform these movements because they are the pre-cursor to the shoulder-in, travers, rein-back, shortening of stride and collection required at Second Level.

First Level Dressage Required Movements:

Medium walk
Free Walk
Trot - sitting or rising 20 meter circles & changing of rein across the diagonal, working & lengthening of stride, 1/2 circle 10m, leg yield, and the stretch down circle
Canter - 15m circle, working & lengthening of stride, change of lead through trot
Halts - trot to halt

Freestyle Requirements - maximum of 5 minutes in length
Total of 240 points (120 pts each for technical & artistic marks)
Walk - 20m minimum continuous free walk
Walk - 20m minimum continuous medium walk
Trot - 10m circle or smaller (no smaller than 8m) - must be performed on each rein
Leg-Yield in trot - must be performed on each rein
Lengthen Stride in Trot
Canter - 15m circle or smaller (no smaller than 10m) - must be performed on each rein
Change of lead through trot
Lengthen Stride in Canter
Halts - beginning & end of test
Forbidden movements:
rein back, shoulder in, travers, renvers, half pass, flying changes, turn on haunches, canter or walk pirouette, piaffe, passage.
Allowed movements: Counter canter, zig zag leg yield, leg yield along the wall, lengthen canter on 20m circle, canter serpentine, simple change, walk-canter-walk-canter, halt-canter-halt, all figures - including circles - regardless of size, trot circle (10m or smaller), canter circle (15m or smaller).


First Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

(These tests are based on the 2011 USEF Dressage Tests.)

Video Clips
First Level Tests

First Level Dressage - Test 1

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First Level Dressage - Test 1

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track Left
E-X - Half circle left 10m
X-B - Half circle right 10m
3
KXM - Lengthen stride in trot
M-C - Working trot
4
C - Circle left 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before C - Shorten the reins
C - Working trot
5

Between C&H - Medium walk

6
H-P - Free walk
P-F - Medium walk
7
F - Working trot
A - Working canter right lead
8
E - Circle right 15m
9
M-P - Lengthen stride in canter
Between P& A - Develop working canter
10
KXM - Change rein
X - Working trot
11
C - Working canter left lead
12
E - Circle left 15m
13
F-R - Lengthen stride in canter
Between R & C - Develop working canter
14
C- Working trot
15
HXF - Lengthen stride in trot
F-A - Working trot
16
A - Down centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

First Level Dressage - Test 2


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First Level Dressage - Test 2
(introduces leg yield)

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track Right
MXK - Lengthen stride in trot
K-R - Working trot
3
R-I - Half circle left 10m
4
X-K - Leg yield right
5
A - Working canter left lead
6
P - Circle left 15m
7
P-M - Lengthen stride in canter
8

Between M&C - Developing working canter

9

HXF - Change rein
X - Working trot

10
A - Medium walk
11
KXH - Free walk
H-C - Medium walk
12
C - Working trot
13
R - Circle right 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before R - Shorten the reins
R-P - Working trot
14
P-L - Half circle right 10m
15
X-H- Leg yield left
16
C - Working canter right lead
17
R - Circle right 15m
18
R-F - Lengthen stride in canter
19

Between F & A - Develop working canter

20
KXM - Change rein
X - Working trot
21
HXF - Lengthen stride in trot
F-A - Working trot
22
A - Down Centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

First Level Dressage - Test 3


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First Level Dressage - Test 3
(Introduces 10m at trot; change of lead through trot & counter canter)

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track Left
HXF - Lengthen stride in trot
F-K - Working trot

3

K-X - Leg yield right

4

X - Circle left 10m
X - Circle right 10m

5

X-H - Leg yield left

6

C - Circle right 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before C - Shorten the reins
C - Working trot

7
Between C & M - Medium walk
8
M-V - Free walk
V-K - Medium Walk
9
K - Working trot
A - Working canter left lead

10

A - Circle left 15m

11

F-M - Lengthen stride in canter
M-H - Working canter

12

HXK - One loop maintaining the left lead

13

FXH - Change rein
X - Change of lead through trot

14

C - Circle right 15m

15
M-F - Lengthen stride in canter
F-K - Working canter
16
KXH - One loop maintaining the right lead
17
C - Working trot
MXK - Lengthen stride in trot
K-A - Working trot
18

A - Down centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

First Level Dressage - Musical Freestyle

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