• Ride on the longe at walk, trot and canter, without stirrups and reins, performing balancing and suppling exercises.

  • Identify diagonals and leads through feel.

  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers:

-- 20m, 15m, and 10m circles at walk and trot
-- 20m, 15m, and 10m half-circles at walk and trot
-- simple change of lead on a straight line
-- leg yield, from quarter line to rail, at walk and trot

  • Ride accurate trot/halt/trot transitions.

  • Demonstrate a walk to canter transition, returning to walk with three or fewer steps of trot.

  • Ride canter to halt in three or fewer steps.

  • Ride USEA Novice Test A or B, demonstrating accuracy, forward rhythm, steady contact, correct bend on circles and through corners.

  • Know distances for trot poles and basic gymnastic exercises.

  • Ride a variety of gymnastic exercises up to 2’9”, with and without stirrups and/or reins.

  • Jump a course (minimum 8 fences) at 2’6”, to include spread and vertical fences, related distances, bending lines, and a combination.

  • Jump a course (minimum of 6 fences) at 2’ without stirrups.

  • Maintain a galloping position at the walk, trot and canter, for a minimum of five minutes.

  • Ride at the gallop in the open with control and a strong galloping position.

  • Jump a variety of Beginner Novice level cross-country fences, to include bank, ditch, trot or canter through water.

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