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Second Level Dressage

Second level dressage adds another element to the horse's training by starting collected work. This shows that the horse is able to accept weight on the hind quarter, thus giving him the more "uphill" carriage required for pirouettes in his later training. The elements of previous levels are judged more critically now and transitions between medium and collected gaits are more important. This level sees the addition of Counter Canter, Shoulder In, Travers, Simple Lead Changes and Rein-Back, as well as Collection in Trot and Canter.

Second Level is also comprised of 3 tests. The Musical Freestyle is also performed at this level. These tests include walk, trot and canter work. The horse and rider must also demonstrate their ability to perform the Shoulder-In, Travers, Rein-Back, Simple Lead Changes and Collection at both the Trot and Canter. Each second level test is shown below next to its corresponding video clip.

Second Level Dressage Required Movements:

Trot - Medium & Collected
Walk - Medium, Free and Shorten Stride
Canter - Medium & Collected, Counter-Canter & Simple Lead Changes
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 & 20m minimum continuous medium walk
Trot - Medium
Shoulder-In at trot - must be performed L&R
Travers and/or Renvers at Trot - L&R. must be performed on each rein.
Canter - Medium - 10m circle & simple lead change - L&R, Counter canter
Halts at beginning and end of test
Gaits - rhythm and quality
Impulsion - energy, elasticity and engagement/
Submission - basic issues of submission, technical aspect of the rider

Second Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

(These tests are based on the 2014 USEF Dressage Tests.)

Video Clips
Second Level Tests

Second Level Dressage - Test 1


2011 Test is demonstrated.
2014 Test video coming soon.
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Second Level Dressage - Test 1

(introduces collected and medium trot and canter, 10m circle at canter; shoulder-in; simple change; rein back)

1
A - Enter Collected trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2

C - Track Left
H-P - Change rein, medium trot
P - Collected Trot

3
Transitions at H &P
4
K-E - Shoulder-In Right (x2)
E - Turn Right
5
B - Turn Left
B-M - Shoulder-In Left (x2)
6
C - Halt, Rein Back 3-4 Steps, Proceed Medium Walk (x2)
7
C-S - Medium Walk
8
S-P - Change rein, free walk
P - Medium Walk (x2)
9
Before F - Shorten the Stride in Walk
F - Collected Canter Right Lead
10-12
A-C - Serpentine 3 Equal Loops Width of Arena, Simple change of lead over centerline
10
Score for first simple change
11

Score for second simple change

12
Score for quality of serpentine
13
M-P - Medium Canter
P - Collected Canter
14
A - Circle Right 10m
15
K-B - Change Rein
B-M - Counter Canter
16
M - Medium walk
Before C - Shorten stride in walk
C - Collected canter left lead
17
H-V - Medium Canter
V - Collected Canter
18
A - Circle left 10m
19
F-E - Change rein
E-H - Counter canter
20
H - Collected trot
M-V - Change rein, medium trot
V - Collected trot
21
Transitions H, M and V
22
A - Down centerline
G - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in free walk

Second Level Dressage - Test 2

2011 Test is demonstrated.
2014 Test video coming soon.

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Second Level Dressage - Test 2

1
A - Enter Collected trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Right
M-V - Change rein, medium trot
V - Collected Trot
3
Transitions at M & V
4
F-B - Shoulder-in Left
5
B-X - Half Circle Left 10m
X-E - Half Circle Right 10m
6
E-H - Travers Right (x2)
7
C - Medium Walk
M - Turn right
Between G&H - Shorten stride, Half Turn on Haunches Right (x2)
8

Between G&M - Shorten stride, half turn on haunches left
H - Turn left (x2)

9
(Medium Walk)
CMG(H)G(M)GHS
10
S-P - Change rein, free walk
P - Medium walk (x2)
11
F - Collected trot
12
K-E - Shoulder in right
13
E-X - Half circle right 10m
X-B - Half circle left 10m
14
B-M - Travers left (x2)
15
C - Collected Canter left lead
16
H-V - Medium Canter
V - Collected Canter
17
K-D - Half circle left 10m returning to the track at E
18
E-S - Counter Canter
S-R - Half circle right 20m
R-B - Counter Canter
19
B - Simple change of lead
20

K-S - Medium Canter
S - Collected Canter

21
H-G - Half circle right 10m returning to the track at E
22
E-V - Counter Canter
V-P -
Half circle left 20m
P-B - Counter Canter
23
B - Simple change of lead
24
C - Collected trot
H-P - Change rein, medium trot
P - Collected trot (x2)
25
(Transitions C, H & P)
26
A - Down Centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in free walk

Second Level Dressage - Test 3

2011 Test is demonstrated.
2014 Test video coming soon.

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Second Level Dressage - Test 3

1
A - Enter Collected trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Left
HXF - Change rein, medium trot
F - Collected Trot

3

Transitions at H & F

4

K-E - Shoulder-In Right

5

E - Circle right 10m

6

E-H - Travers right

7

MXK - Medium Trot
K -
Collected Trot

8
Transitions at M & K
9
F -B - Shoulder-In Left
10
B - Circle left 10m

11

B-M - Travers left

12

C- Halt, Rein Back 3-4 steps, Proceed Medium Walk

13

H - Turn Left
Between G&M - Shorten the Stride and Half Turn on Haunches Left
Proceed Medium Walk (x2)

14

Between G&H - Shorten the Stride and Half Turn on the Hanunches Right
Proceed Medium Walk
M - Turn Right (x2)

15

Medium Walk - CHG(M)G(H)GMR

16

R-V -Change rein, free walk
V - Medium Walk (x2)

17
Before K - Shorten the Stride in Walk
K - Collected Canter Left Lead
18
F-M - Medium Canter
M - Collected Canter
19
Transitions at F & M
20
C-A - Serpentine three equal loops, width of arena, no change of lead (x2)
21
F-E - Change rein
L - Simple Change
E-H-C-M - Collected Canter (x2)
22
M-F - Medium Canter
F - Collected Canter
23

Transitions between M & F

24

A-C - Serpentine three equal loops, width of the arena, no change of lead (x2)
F-K - Collected Canter

25

M-E - Change rein
I - Simple change
E-K - Collected canter

26

K - Collected trot

27

A - Down Centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in free walk

Second Level Dressage - Musical Freestyle

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2011 musical freestyle demonstrated.
2014 freestyle coming soon.

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