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    Default Novice A

    E-B half circle left working trot...approaching B working canter left lead. So you can pick up the canter the 2nd part of your half circle hopefully just before B? I will discuss with my trainer this week but was just noticing this.



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    Think of a circle and a half starting at E-B for the first half, B-B for the whole circle, and your canter starts at B. Not between two letters, at the letter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PugetSounder View Post
    Think of a circle and a half starting at E-B for the first half, B-B for the whole circle, and your canter starts at B. Not between two letters, at the letter.
    Transition before the letter is acceptable too, that's why it reads "approaching B".

    I wouldn't do it too early though, between centerline & B is what's intended. Then you do indeed canter one whole circle, all the way back to B, then straight down the long side and trot before M.



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    It says
    8. C working trot
    E-B half circle left working trot
    9. Approaching B Working canter left lead

    So I was working on hitting that canter right at B then reread and though maybe I am wrong. The past tests always called for changes at the Novice level something like ...between C and H working canter. Maybe the stepped it up a notch.



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    It's allowing you a little leeway to get the canter while still on the circle (well, 1/2 circle) using the bend and the approach to the rail to help balance the transition.

    At the letter is fine, so is a few steps before (approaching) the letter.



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    I was wondering this when I was practicing the other day too. I was aiming for the transition between the quarter line and B.
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    I've ridden it twice in competition and picked up the canter between the centerline and B and not gotten any comments regarding it being too early, so I think that is the general range intended...
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    If it is like non eventing dressage, I have always been told to pick it up right after centerline. You want a nice flowing canter for your circle.
    There SHOULD not be any penalty for anything right up to B, though, however, if you have a little wobble on your first stride, and are not in good canter at B, that would be less than ideal. (Not that a wobble is ever good, but again, the point seems to be to have a developed canter for the circle.
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    My ULT told me to aim for two canter strides before B, so based on horse that was just before the quarter line
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    Yup, just rode this test at an HT this weekend -- you want to pick up your canter between centerline and the letter, so that when you hit B, you have a nice, balanced rhythm. Anywhere in that zone is fine.



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    Just did this test at an event this weekend. I asked for canter about two (canter size) strides away from B. That gave us a very nice start to the actual canter circle!

    By the way... I really like this test! It keeps the horses moving forward and attentive.



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