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sneak peek at 2010 dressage tests

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  • sneak peek at 2010 dressage tests

    So I have a couple hours to myself, the guys are off selling boy scout popcorn. To completely waste my time I'm reading all the bad neighbor stories on COTH. And I get an email from USEA. Actually from Jason the computer guy. Like most computer guys he works late (hmm...I wonder if he's cute or married or likes horses) Oh right, back to eventing. Yeah so it is a link to the new dressage tests. Wow a super new way to waste my Friday. Look at the BN tests. BN A - enter working trot AXMC. Were they drunk? Do they want to make green horse look drunk? But it starts to grow on me. Green horses always look drunk especially when you are trying to get them down a centerline all the way to C - where there is a big SCARY, HORRIBLE, MONSTER (aka the judge). So hmm...it might work.
    BN B - You cross the diagonal 4 times, well that can be one of my better moves. Then there is this 1/2 trot circle to canter, so easy only I could mess it up, we'll see.
    So what are you doing this Friday evening? Darn... the boys are home early!

  • #2
    So...Mel...where's the link? Can WE see them?
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    • #3
      "AXMC" And I thought that they were drunk when they wrote the current BN test A!
      When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


      • #4
        I have to say THANK the dressage gods they are finally changing those tests! I wish they would change them every other year. I think AXMC sounds very intreging!!! And crossing the diagonal 4 times at least it's SOMETHING to do in those tests! Count me happy so far!!!!
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        and member of the *Barefoot Eventers Clique*


        • Original Poster

          Umm the link...er...I don't know, I only got it because I'm an org and need to select the dressage test for the next omnibus. I tried following the link backwards but it must be on some double secret page.

          Stall, stall, stall - I'm sure it will be posted soon for everyone.

          Stall - Did I mention I rode 2 TB's yesterday without incident but was thrown by a wheelbarrow into a ditch. Stall, stall.

          Anyone want to buy some boy scout popcorn?

          What do other orgs think?


          • #6
            Hey, perfect..

            Cause that's probably where we're going anyway!! Actually Auburn, you'll be pleased to know that Junior's circles are coming right along. Half circles? Yay!!! Full circles, umnnnn, well, we're working on it


            • #7
              I feel like the "AXMC" might be a typo - I haven't seen the final versions of the tests, but because my trainer is one of the judges who is asked for suggestions on the drafts of the new tests, I've seen them ridden. Don't remember anything that wild and crazy. That said, who knows.

              Mares are like neutrons. If there are too many in an area, you approach critical mass. And then there are explosions. Loud ones.


              • #8
                Sounds like one of the young horse tests, where they DO AXMC or a version thereof.


                • #9
                  The 4 year old tests definitely do an AXMC in the qualifying test and then AXHC in the Championship test, so perhaps it's the latest and greatest?!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Auburn View Post
                    "AXMC" And I thought that they were drunk when they wrote the current BN test A!
                    Thank GOD they finally did that for the BN horses.

                    Have you guys not watched the YEH tests? They are written that way.
                    10m circle is too hard for the kiddos.

                    This way you hit and and then diagonally to the right side so that you can do a 20m circle instead of 10m cricle turn.

                    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Flying Hippotamus View Post
                      Umm the link...er...I don't know, I only got it because I'm an org and need to select the dressage test for the next omnibus. I tried following the link backwards but it must be on some double secret page.

                      Stall, stall, stall - I'm sure it will be posted soon for everyone.

                      Stall - Did I mention I rode 2 TB's yesterday without incident but was thrown by a wheelbarrow into a ditch. Stall, stall.

                      Anyone want to buy some boy scout popcorn?

                      What do other orgs think?
                      Just cuirous as to how you got it and I didn't? Think I will email a few folks.



                      • #12
                        Just got my copies, and am taking them for a test drive before I decide what to use. . . I do LOVE that Prelim has a standard ring option now and that Intermediate is in a standard ring.

                        FYI dressage tests get changed every four years.



                        • #13
                          I have a friend who has ridden nothing but dressage and she asked me what the hell was going on during the BN tests. She also was very confused that you don't dare ask your frisky event horse to HALT at the beginning of the test!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pegasusmom View Post
                            I do LOVE that Prelim has a standard ring option now and that Intermediate is in a standard ring.
                            Happy dance, happy dance, happy, happy, happy dance!

                            I sure hope the standard option gets used.
                            Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                            • #15
                              Agree, I am thrilled! But imagine the prelim option will only be seen when I is being run as well -- otherwise too much work to change things around!
                              The big man -- my lost prince

                              The little brother, now my main man


                              • #16
                                I can just picture the look on some of these been-there-done-that BN horse's faces when you try to turn from X to M...
                                Big Idea Eventing


                                • #17

                                  In general, I hate all the dressage tests (well, Novice always seems to be ok), but I LOATH the BN tests. I've ridden a 3rd level dressage horse pretending to be event horse in that stupid test with the short diagonals who struggled with it. Even the BFG's baby brother, who is a bit of a DQ, finds those tests a little hard. Yes, very happy indeed.

                                  I hope that the tests are written in such a way that they set the horses up for sucess instead of for distaster as they are now. The current training level tests SUCK. Can ANY training level horse be expected show any sign of a trot lengthening directly after the walk?!?


                                  • #18

                                    Actually, I mentioned your comment to my dressage instructor, who is a GP dressage rider. She said, "In the USDF tests, our young horses still have to halt for a salute, on the center line at the beginning of the test. We still have to ride them towards the dressage judge and make the 10 meter turn at C. Why on earth would the USEA dumb down the BN test just so that a few horses can make a better turn? Maybe the riders should work more on their dressage, before they enter an event, instead of dumbing down the tests?"

                                    Don't you think that our horses need to be supple enough to make 10 meter turns, even when jumping a stadium round? Some of the stadium courses that I have seen at BN have asked for just those kinds of turns. If you cannot make small half circle at a trot, then how will you make one at the canter, while show jumping?

                                    I do love the fact that they took out the halt/salute in the beginning of the dressage tests. I believe that it gives the rider enough opportunity to keep the horse forward, so that they can easily make the 10 meter turn at C. JMHO.

                                    Asking for a 10 meter half circle, after crossing a short diagonal at a free walk, picking up a trot at K and turning onto the center line, in BN -A, was very difficult for the level. Then, I rode Training A at a dressge show.

                                    I thought that asking for an extended trot after a walk in Training A, "sucked", too.
                                    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                                    • #19
                                      Actually that KXM free walk, M med walk, C trot, HXF develop lengthening is Training B, and after the lengthening diagonal you get to regroup fast & and go up centerline for the X Halt, Salute.


                                      I know this as I am in a panic trying to learn it AND find a way to practice it before riding it for the 1st time ever this weekend at the Team Challenge. ACK!


                                      • #20
                                        Oop! It was three years ago, when I rode it. Which Training test has the canter lengthenings on the circle? Also, one of them had a canter circle at A, then a chewy, stretchy circle at C, then another canter circle with lengthening at E? I thought that test a bit off, too.
                                        Last edited by Auburn; Oct. 14, 2009, 10:50 AM.
                                        When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!