Calgary Alberta area show season begins next month with the Carrots & Cocktails Series at Anderson Ranch. If you choose to move up to 1st Level classes from training level be aware that the expectation is “to confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed thrust (pushing power) and achieved a degree of balance and throughness.”
Your horse needs to move forward through the elements of the First Level tests. Use corners to balance your horse and ask for more roundness in the frame. Throughness is characterized by the horses pushing power working through your horse, making him light in your hand and round on the bit. Keep transitions smooth by taking the time to plan and prepare. Required elements come more quickly in the tests as you progress up the levels. Make sure you memorize you tests and plan how to ride each element. If you rely on a reader, you won’t have time to prepare for transitions. “A horse goes how he’s ridden”, use the test elements to your best advantage by knowing what comes next and how to help your horse.