Should I move up to First Level?

So you are thinking of moving up from Training Level to First Level. Congrats!! Below I will outline what is required in the 2015 First Level tests (and the difference between the 3 tests) to help you understand what is required of you.

First let’s recap the Training Level Test 3:

  • Working Trot
  • Halt
  • H-X-K Loop and M-X-F Loop
  • Working Canter
  • 20m Circle
  • Medium Walk
  • Free Walk
  • 20m Stretch Trot

OK, now First Level Test One 2015:

  • Working Trot
  • Halt
  • Half 10m Circle
  • 20m Stretchy Trot
  • Shorter Diagonal
  • Medium Walk
  • Free Walk
  • Working Canter
  • Lengthen Stride in Canter
  • 15m Circle
  • Regular Diagonal
  • Lengthen Stride in Trot

The jump between Training Level and First Level is a little larger than the jump between tests within the level. You now need to be able to do a 10m half circle, shorter diagonal, Lengthen Stride in Canter and Trot, and 15m Circle.

First Level Test Two requires:

  • Working Trot
  • Halt
  • Diagonal
  • Lengthen Stride in Trot
  • Half 10m Circle
  • Leg Yield
  • Shorter Diagonal
  • Medium Walk
  • Free Walk
  • Working Canter
  • 15m Circle
  • Lengthen Stride in Canter
  • 20m Stretchy Trot

The additional items to make the jump from Test One to Test Two are: Leg Yields. The goal of the leg yield is to get your horse to move laterally by crossing it’s legs over each other and keeping a consistent bend and contact.

First Level Test Three requires:

  • Working Trot
  • Halt
  • Diagonal
  • Lengthen Stride in Trot
  • Leg Yield
  • 20m Stretchy Trot
  • 10m Circle
  • Medium Walk
  • Free Walk
  • Working Canter
  • 15m Circle
  • Lengthen Stride in Canter
  • K-X-H and F-X-H Working Canter Loop (keeping same canter lead, beginning of counter canter)
  • Change of Lead through Trot on the Diagonal
  • Half 10m Circle

First Level Test Three adds in a change of lead on the diagonal line by trotting only a few strides in between your canter leads, as well as the beginning of counter canter with the K-X-H and F-X-H Loop. As with all dressage movements, willingness, consistency and your horse staying on the bit are a top priority throughout all of these movements. As with Training Level, Odd Number tests turn left after your entry halt, and even number tests turn right after your entry halt.


2015 First Level Test One

2015 First Level Test Two

2015 First Level Test Three