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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
Trot - Medium
Shoulder-In at trot - must be performed on each rein
Travers and/or Renvers at Trot - at least one must be performed in each direction. must be performed on each rein.
Canter - Medium - 10m circle & simple lead change - must be performed on each rein

Second Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

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

Video Clips
Second Level Tests

Second Level Dressage - Test 1


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Second Level Dressage - Test 1

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

C - Track Left
HXF - Medium Trot
F-K - Collected Trot

3
Transitions at H & F
4
K-E - Shoulder-In Right
E - Turn Right
5
B - Turn Left
B-M - Shoulder-In Left
6
C - Halt, Rein Back 3-4 Steps , Proceed Medium Walk
7
C-H - Medium Walk
8
H-P - Free Walk
P-F - Medium Walk
9
Before F - Shorten the Stride in Walk
F - Collected Canter Right Lead
10
A-C - Serpentine 3 Equal Loops Width of Arena, No Lead Change
11
M-E - Change Rein
Between Quarterline & E - Simple Lead Change
12

V - Circle Left 10m
V-F - Collected Canter

13
F-R - Medium Canter
R-C - Collected Canter
14
Transitions at F & R
15
C-A - Serpentine 3 Equal Loops Width of Arena, No Lead Change
16
F-E - Change Rein
Between Quarterline & E - Simple Lead Change
17
S - Circle Right 10m
18
M-P - Medium Canter
P-A - Collected Canter
19
Transitions at M & P
20
A - Collected Trot
KXM - Medium Trot
M - Collected Trot
21
Transitions at A, K & M
22
E - Turn Left
X - Turn Left
G - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Second Level Dressage - Test 2

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Second Level Dressage - Test 2

1
A - Enter Collected trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Collected Trot
2
C - Track Right
MXK - Medium Trot
K-F - Collected Trot
3
Transitions at M & K
4
F-B - Travers Left
5
B-X - Half Circle Left 10m
X-E - Half Circle Right 10m
6
E-H - Travers Right
7
M - Medium Walk
Before R - Shorten the Stride
R - Half Tuen on Haunches Right, Proceed Medium Walk
8

Before C - Shorten the Stride
C - Half Turn on Haunches Left, Proceed in Medium Walk

9
M-E - Free Walk
10
EPF - Medium Walk
11
Before F - Shorten the Stride in Walk
F - Collected Canter Right Lead
12
A - Circle Right 10m
13
E - Turn Right
X - Simple Change of Lead
B - Turn Left
14
C - Circle Left 10m
15
H-K - Medium Canter
K-F - Collected Canter
16
Transitions at H & K
17
F-E - Change Rein
E-H - Counter Canter
18
H - Simple Change of Lead
19
M-F - Medium Canter
F - Collected Canter
20

Transitions at M & F

21
K-B - Change Rein
B-M - Counter Canter
22
M - Collected Trot
HXF -
Medium Trot
F-A - Collected Trot
23
Transitions at M, H & F
24
A - Down Centerline
X -
Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Second Level Dressage - Test 3

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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 - Medium Trot
F - K - Collected Trot

3

Transitions at H & F

4

K-E - Shoulder-In Right

5

E-H- Renvers Left
Before H - Straighten

6

MXK - Medium Trot
K -
Collected Trot

7
Transitions at M & K
8
F -B - Shoulder-In Left
9
B-M - Renvers Right
Before M - Straighten

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

M-R - Medium Walk
R-V - Free Walk
V-K - Medium Walk

15
Before K - Shorten the Stride in Walk
K - Collected Canter Left Lead
16
F-M - Medium Canter
M-H - Collected Canter
17
Transitions at F & M
18
H - Circle Left 10m
19
Between H & S - Simple Change
20
S-V - Counter Canter
V-P - Half Circle 20m in Counter Canter
21

P-H - Change Rein Across Short Diagonal

22

M-F - Medium Canter
F-K - Collected Canter

23

Transitions between M &F

24

K - Circle Right 10m

25

Between K & V - Simple Change

26

V-S - Counter Canter
S-R - Half Circle 20m in Counter Canter

27

R-K - Change Rein Across Short Diagonal

28

A - Down Centerline
L - Collected Trot
I - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein

Second Level Dressage - Musical Freestyle

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