Taster 1
Name of rider/handler:
Name and age of horse:
Judged by:
Tips and advice by:
As with all Baroque tests the flow is important and for this reason many of the movements are performed 'around' a certain marker, this tests the riders feel and tact and allows them to show harmony and partnership.

The taster tests are designed as an entry level test to encourage competitors to have a go at a different style of test riding and those with young horses the chance to compete at an earlier point in their training.

This test is designed to demonstrate the balance and posture required during the training of the ridden horse. Movements such as shoulder-in may be substituted by shoulder-fore or some inside bend to make it achievable for younger and/or less established horses/riders.
Marks will not be awarded for the individual movements of the test but will be awarded for the general impression of the test, the skill and tact of the rider and way of going of the horse. Particular importance will be attached to the flow of the test rather than the accuracy. The willingness and responsiveness of the horse will be duly rewarded.
The first impression mark will be awarded in the first 30 seconds and the final impression at the end.
Comments and constructive feedback will be given along with suggestions for future work to help improve marks.

For ANY breed of horse 4 years old and over (RIDDEN). To be performed in a bridle (bitted or bitless) or cavesson and saddle or bareback/pad if it is safe to do so. A whip may be carried as an extension to help refine the aids.
1Enter in working trot via E on a half 20m circle right to B N/A
2A commence 20m circle. N/A
3Between A and K transition to walk. N/A
4E half circle right to X, X half circle left to B (thus changing rein) N/A
5B commence half 20m circle left with transition to trot before crossing centre line. N/A
6A commence 20m circle left. N/A
7Between A and F transition to walk. N/A
8Between B and M commence half 10m circle left to centre line returning to the track on a diagonal line to F. N/A
9A halt, immobility for 3 to 5 seconds N/A
10Between E and H commence half 10m circle right to center line returning to the track on a diagonal line to K. N/A
11K gradually allow the posture forwards, down and out N/A
12Between F and X (short diagonal) bring the posture up, G halt, salute, leave arena on long rein. N/A
14Ease of movements, harmony between horse and rider, flow of test and artistic impression. First Impression 10
15Final Impression 20
17Application of aids, tact 20
18Position 10
20Purity of paces 10
21Lightness of forehand (is the horse 'self supporting' ) 10
22Connection from back to front (collection later) 10
23Energy, desire to move forwards 10
24Total score 100
Tips and advice:
SCORING EXPLAINED; 0=Not performed. 1=Very bad. 2=Fairly bad. 3=bad. 4=Insufficient. 5=Sufficient 6=Satisfactory. 7= Fairly good. 8= Good. 9=Very good. 10= Excellent.
Half marks may be used.