Levels

Levels

9 Seasons

Find training geared toward a specific level, from Intro to Grand Prix.

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Levels
  • 2023 Purpose of the Levels - First Level

    Episode 1

  • 2023 First Level Test 1

    Episode 2

    The 2023 First Level Test 1 is demonstrated. Mike Osinski scores and comments on the test.

  • 2023 First Level Test 2

    Episode 3

    The 2023 First Level Test 2 is demonstrated. Kari McClain scores and comments on the test.

  • 2023 First Level Test 3

    Episode 4

    The 2023 First Level Test 3 is demonstrated. Mike Osinski scores and comments on the test.

  • 2023 USEF/USDF 4-Year-Old Test

    Episode 5

    The 2023 USEF/USDF 4-Year-Old Test is demonstrated. Judges Mike Osinski and Kari McClain score and comment on the test.

  • Improving Contact and Connection – Part 2

    Episode 6

    They work on forward and back in the trot as well as walk-trot transitions. Jackie says that the horse needs to develop the strength of the legs on the ground. Those are his “stabilizers” and what will help develop the carrying and pushing power of the hind legs. This will also improve the horse’...

  • Improving Contact and Connection – Part 3

    Episode 7

    They move on to canter work from a forward trot. Jackie stresses that the rider should feel enough energy in the trot to ask for canter. That doesn’t mean rushing the horse in trot to then rush into canter. It should feel more like the horse is carrying the rider in trot so that when the rider as...

  • Improving the Horse’s Response to the Leg – Part 1

    Episode 8

    Jackie helps an amateur rider and her young horse. They work on developing solid basics so that later in the ride they can work on the beginnings of collection. The horse doesn’t have any specific issues, but the rider would like him to be more responsive to her leg. In addition, he is young and ...

  • Improving the Horse’s Response to the Leg – Part 2

    Episode 9

    They work on forward and back in the trot as well as walk-trot transitions. Jackie says that the horse needs to develop the strength of the legs on the ground. Those are his “stabilizers” and what will help develop the carrying and pushing power of the hind legs. This will also improve the horse’...

  • Improving the Horse’s Response to the Leg - Part 3

    Episode 10

    They move on to canter work from a forward trot. Jackie stresses that the rider should feel enough energy in the trot to ask for canter. That doesn’t mean rushing the horse in trot to then rush into canter. It should feel more like the horse is carrying the rider in trot so that when the rider as...

  • Warmup for a Young Mare - Part 1

    Episode 11

    Olivia helps a rider warm up on a young mare. In the trot, the rider needs to help show the horse how she can shift her weight back and add a little more airtime with her legs. Adding 10-meter circles helps balance the horse more on the outside side. The horse needs to turn and hold herself up an...

  • Warmup for a Young Mare - Part 2

    Episode 12

    As the pair moves into canter, they do small forward and back transitions where the forward generates energy, and the back helps compress her and load the outside hind leg. Small movements help build the strength slowly as these moments are deceptively difficult. Performing counter canter will al...

  • Training/First Level

    Episode 13

    FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel works with a Training/First Level rider and this fun, 9-year-old Draft-Cross gelding.

  • Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel—Training Scale, Connection, Part 5

    Episode 14

    In Part 5 of the Training Scale series, Felicitas looks at Connection from the horse's point of view. Felicitas will show that after the horse found rhythm and tempo and was relaxed how he then searches for the connection. She explains that connection should be something the horse is seeking, lik...

  • Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel—Training Scale, Connection, Part 6

    Episode 15

    In Part 6 of the Training Scale series, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel looks at Connection from the rider's point of view. She explains how the rider's ability to have a stable upper body with a soft feel in the arms and hands is what helps makes connection possible.

  • 2019 First Level Q&A

    Episode 16

    Janet takes questions from the audience about the 2019 First Level tests.

  • 2019 First Level, Test 3

    Episode 17

    This rider works through First Level, Test 3. Janet admits that she's not fond of this test--she believes that there is too much canter. But the serpentine was added to the test to promote more balance before the lengthening.

  • First Level Test 3 - Part 2

    Episode 18

    Janet Foy starts by going through the First Level Test 3 test with the rider while offering tips on how to ride the test. As she rides the test Janet gives scores and comments on the movements.

  • Training and First Level Intro

    Episode 19

    Scott Hassler works with a promising young dressage horse on the track to becoming a star, focusing on the flow of the gaits, responsiveness and balance. Watch the full video series for exercises that allow this youngster to shine.

  • Training and First Level, Part 1, Warm Up

    Episode 20

    Scott watches this 5-year-old horse warm-up and encourages the rider to keep the soft connection.

  • Training and First Level, Part 2, Trot Transitions

    Episode 21

    Scott helps this pair work toward more responsive up transitions between the walk and trot.

  • Training and First Level, Part 3, Canter Work

    Episode 22

    Next, they work on balance in the canter and the up transitions.

  • Training and First Level, Part 4, FEI 5-Year-Old Test

    Episode 23

    Finally, Scott gives them advice on choosing the track for showing USEF or the FEI 5-Year-Old Test.

  • Scott Hassler - Four Year Old - Part 1

    Episode 24

    Scott watches a beautiful four year old mare warm up and offers suggestions on how to change the warm up. They work on keeping in front of the leg rather than carrying her with the leg aids.