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  1. #1
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    Default Show me your Training eventing dressage tests!

    Anyone willing to share (here or by PM) links to videos of them doing Training level eventing tests - preferably the 2011 test A? (And maybe even tell me what score they got?)

    I need a good visual on what to aim for in the lengthenings and that darn stretchy, chewy circle...

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthoria View Post
    Anyone willing to share (here or by PM) links to videos of them doing Training level eventing tests - preferably the 2011 test A? (And maybe even tell me what score they got?)

    I need a good visual on what to aim for in the lengthenings and that darn stretchy, chewy circle...

    Thanks!
    Hack, cough...

    Even if there were video of our last attempt, it would be more of an example of what NOT to aim for - think we scored a 49 or something, and I was impressed at the judge's generosity.

    Sad, since horsie is usually top notch at straight dressage shows in higher levels!

    Good luck.

    Try youtube maybe?
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    I'm pretty sure I have some up on youtube... probably would find them under Fleck Appaloosa Dressage as your keywords. But again... ha!! Probably NOT what you want to visualize in your head I think so far our best score is still in the 40's. sigh.....

    I did have a 35 or something our very first training at Jumping branch schooling show... but that wasn't this years test....



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    Here's a Training A I just did at a schooling combined test.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlKMeKsdYOc
    It got a 33-something in front of an "l" (learner) judge who tends to score on the tougher end. The stretchy circle got a 9, the best score of the test. The trot lengthenings here are underwhelming and got 6s. We got dinged for being too low in the poll sometimes and making circles a little bit too big. Plus I walked in the wrong place.

    If you rummage through my other videos you will probably find another example of Test A somewhere.



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    I've been doing test B all spring. At MCTA and we scored a 24.7. I was truly shocked because we've never broken into the 20's before! Plus, I didn't think the test was as polished as some we've done. He can still get a bit tense after the free walk. This week at VHT we got a 32.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orrSERIbjQ MCTA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqgmc3-_ARc VHT

    Our stretchy circles aren't quite there yet and I can be conservative in the canter/trot lengthenings. He can also get a little low in the poll sometimes.

    I struggle with the stretchy circle in both tests because they both come after lengthenings. My trainer always tells me to think of leg yielding out at the start of the circle and make sure the give up the inside rein first. Putting your hands forward a bit helps too because then you don't have to completely let the contact go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piaffeprincess98 View Post
    I struggle with the stretchy circle in both tests because they both come after lengthenings. My trainer always tells me to think of leg yielding out at the start of the circle and make sure the give up the inside rein first. Putting your hands forward a bit helps too because then you don't have to completely let the contact go.

    Good tip - I'll try that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthoria View Post
    Good tip - I'll try that!
    Honestly I think it's sort of hard to ask a training level horse to do a lengthened canter or trot and then have the balance to come back to a stretchy trot circle (especially if they're green and still finding their balance). As my horse has become stronger and less tense about the whole dressage thing, we're finding those movements slightly easier.

    I also don't love the canter lengthenings on a circle, but I think that's more my personal issue with it. I find it easier to ask for them on the long side.
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