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Training Level Dressage

Training Level Dressage is used to test the suppleness of the horses muscles and their willingness. For many competitors and horses this is the starting point of their dressage career. Here is where they develop the necessary skills, training and musculature to perform the advanced level movements of the higher levels.

The training level is comprised of 3 tests, which confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear and steady rhythm, accepting contact with the bit. These tests include walk, trot and canter work. They also contain movements that require the rider to lengthen their reins allowing to horse to stretch his neck downward. The movements in Training Level shows that the horse correctly maintains contact with the bit and that the rider is not "holding" him in the correct frame. Without these characteristics, the upper level movements will not be possible.

The horse and rider are judged on the following:

These elements are necessary as the horse and rider progress to more difficult levels.

Training Level Dressage Required Movements:

Medium walk
Free Walk - across diagonal or loop
Working Trot - sitting or rising 20 meter circles & changing of rein across the diagonal, Stretch circle in trot
Working Canter - 20 meter circles and half circles
Halts - either trot-halt or trot-walk-halt
Change of bend on a shallow loop
Canter-trot transitions on diagonal

Training Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

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

Video Clips
Training Level Tests

Training Level Dressage - Test 1

Test demonstrates 2011 Training Level Test 1
2014 Test video coming soon
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Training Level Dressage - Test 1
(all trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.)

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track Left
E - Circle Left 20m
3

A - Circle Left 20m, developing left lead canter in first quarter of circle

4
AFB - Working canter
5
Between B & M - Working Trot
6

C - Medium walk

7

E - F Change rein, free walk
F - Medium Walk

8

A - Working trot

9
E - Circle right 20m
10
C - Circle right 20m, developing right lead canter in first quarter of circle
11
CMB - Working canter
12
Between B & F - Working trot
13
A - Down Centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave the Arena at A in free walk.

Training Level Dressage - Test 2

Test demonstrates 2011 Training Level Test 2

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Training Level Dressage - Test 2
(all trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.)

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track right
B - Circle right 20m
3
KXM - Change rein
4
Between C & H - Working canter left lead
5
E - Circle left 20m
6
Between E&K - Working trot
7
A - Circle left 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before A - Shorten the reins
A - Working trot
8

Between A & F - Medium walk

F-E - Change rein. medium walk

9
E-M - Change rein, free walk
M
- Medium walk
10
C - Working trot
11
E - Circle left 20m
12
FXH - Change rein
13
Between C&M - Working canter right lead
14
B - Circle right 20m
15
Between B&F - Working trot
16
A - Down centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in free walk.

Training Level Dressage - Test 3


Test demonstrates 2011 Training Level Test 3

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Training Level Dressage - Test 3
(all trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.)

1
A - Enter working trot
X - Halt, Salute
Proceed Working Trot
2
C - Track left
HXK - One loop

3

Between A & F - Working canter left lead

4

B - Circle left 20m

5

HXF - Change rein
X - Working trot

6

A - Medium walk

7
KXH - Free walk
H - Medium walk
8
C - Working trot
MXF - One loop
9
Between A & K - Working canter right lead

10

E - Circle right 20m

11

C - Working trot

12

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

13

A - Down centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in free walk.

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