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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.

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, loose rein to allow horse to stretch forward and downward
Working Canter - 20 meter circles and half circles
Halts - either trot-halt or trot-walk-halt

Training Level Dressage Video Clips & Tests

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

Video Clips
Training Level Tests

Training Level Dressage - Test 1

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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 second half of circle
AFB - Working canter

4
B-E - Half circle left 20m
5
Between E & K - Working Trot
6

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

7
Between A & F - Medium walk
8

FXH - Free walk
H-C - Medium walk

9
C- Working trot
10
B - Circle right 20m
11
A - Circle right 20m, developing right lead canter second hald of circle
AKE - Working canter
12
E-B - Half circle right 20m
13
Between B & F - Working trot
14
A - Down Centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein.

Training Level Dressage - 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 working trot
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
9
FXM - Free walk
M-C
- Medium walk
10
C - Working trot
11
E - Circle left 20m
12
FXH - Change rein working trot
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 walk on a long rein.

Training Level Dressage - 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
A-K - Medium walk

7
KXH - Free walk
H-C - 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 riding trot allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before B - Shorten the reins

13

A - Down centerline
X - Halt, Salute

Leave Arena at A in walk on a long rein.

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