• Discuss basic dressage theory, showing knowledge of the training pyramid and use of natural aids.

  • Discuss appropriate use of artificial aids and training devices.

  • Demonstrate a self-directed, progressive warm-up for flatwork and jumping, with consideration of mount’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Ride various ring figures on the aids, at walk, trot and canter, demonstrating rhythm, relaxation, connection and bend.

  • Ride accurate, balanced transitions, including halts and transitions between the walk and canter.

  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers:

-- turn on the haunches
-- leg yield at the walk
-- haunches-in
-- countercanter

  • Ride a simple change of lead through the walk or a flying change of lead, appropriate to the horse.

  • Demonstrate lengthening and shortening stride.

  • Ride and evaluate an unfamiliar horse, to include work at all three gaits and through basic ring figures.

  • Set up and ride over a variety of gymnastic exercises, up to 3'6", demonstrating a secure position both with and without stirrups and/or reins.

  • Jump a hunter course, an equitation course, and a show-jumping course at 3’.

  • Jump a course (8-12 fences) at 2'6" without stirrups.

  • Ride in a galloping position over varying terrain, demonstrating a knowledge of pace in meters per minute.

  • Jump a variety of Novice Level cross-country obstacles, to include ditches, up and down banks, water complex, and jumps on a slope.

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