Grading System 2017

Grade 1

Beginner – An introduction into the joys of communication between ‘man and beast!’ or child and pony!! To include holding the reins correctly, lengthening and shortening.  Application of aids, halting, walking and turning.  Trotting to include rising and sitting.

Leaders and the use of assistants at the discretion of the instructor.

 

Grade 2

Improver – As above, with further development of skills and correctness of position.  An understanding of the basic skills of communication and developing the skill to put them into practise effectively. An introduction to the canter work without stirrups and the use of poles.

Leaders and the use of assistants at the discretion of the instructor.

 

Grade 3

As above and showing increased correctness and secureness in position in walk, trot and canter.  Development of jump/balance position over token jumps.  Developing the ability to ride school figures independently and development of communication to add stimulation and ensure future goals.

 

Grade 4

As above but further developing the maintenance of position and skills at canter and over small jumps.  Now showing ability to ride horse/pony more independently.  All of which come with practise.

 

Grade 5

As above but now showing a more secure position and therefore able to further influence the horse/pony’s way of going on the flat with the introduction of more difficult exercises and school movements.

 

Grade 6

As above and now being able to begin to work independently in open order.   Showing the basis of a secure position and therefore able to further influence the horse/pony’s way of going.

 

Grade 7

As above but further developing depth, security and feel within the position so as to produce a correct way of going on the flat.    Also being able to begin to work independently.

 

Grade 8

As above but now also to produce a correct way of going over fences.  To create an improvement in the horse/pony’s way of going on the flat.

 

Grade 9

Developing depth and security within the position and developing feel for producing way of going.

 

Grade 10

Ability to produce the correct way of going on the flat.

 

Grade 11

Ability to produce correct way of going over fences as well as on the flat.

 

Grade 12

As above plus show improvement in horse’s way of going.

 

NOTES

 

  • Token jumps – this means that a very small obstacle is put in front of a horse. This consistent training means that the horse accepts this and negotiates it within its normal stride pattern and does not feel the need to ‘jump’ it. Therefore the rider feels a huge sense of achievement and thus receives a great confidence boost.

 

 

  • The grading of each group is deemed by a majority of riders within that group. Therefore in each group there may be riders that are above and below the set standard.

 

 

 

  • Liege Manor Equestrian reserves the right to maintain the use of leaders or assistants in the interest of safety, particularly with the tiny tots groups as their mental and physical capabilities are obviously restricted.

 

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