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Judges’ guidelines Tolt in Harmony
Level 1 Requirements Beat Relaxation Contact
Fault section 0-3.5 uneven beat, not relaxed, too high shape, crooked when supposed to be straight, rough or unbalanced rider. Very uneven tempo in some of the elements.
Average section 4-6.5 Mostly even beat with occasional mistakes (rolling or intermittent tension causing beat faults). Reasonably relaxed and beginning to go on the bit. Correctly bent around the corners and mostly straight on straight lines. The rider sits straight on the horse and is sensitive, giving clear but subtle aids. There may be some minor conflicts between horse and rider. Occasional uneven tempo is acceptable.
Good section 7-10 The horse has a good beat, yields to light aids and is relaxed, but not yet working with impulsion. The rider has good contact with the horse and sits well. Harmonious. Even and balanced tempo.
Level 2 Requirements: Beat Relaxation Contact Impulsion Straightness
Fault section 0-3.5 uneven beat, not relaxed, insensitive or too obvious aids very uneven tempo in some of the elements, no extension in element 3.
Average section 4-6.5 The horse has a good beat, is mostly relaxed and submits to light aids. The rider has good contact. Occasional uneven tempo, and somewhat weak extensions are acceptable.
Good section 7-10 Good beat, relaxation, and contact. The horse has begun to go with impulsion and is straight., going evenly on both reins and tracks up on a straight line. Collection is not required. Even and balanced tempo.
Level 3 Requirements: Beat Relaxation Contact Impulsion Straightness Collection
Fault section 0-3.5 Uneven beat. Tension resulting in loss of relaxation. Very uneven tempo in some elements. No extension in element 3.
Average section 4-6.5 Good beat, the horse is relaxed and there is good contact. The horse has begun to move with impulsion and is straight on both reins, tracking up when on a straight line. Collection not necessary for these marks. Occasional uneven tempo or somewhat weak extension is acceptable.
Good section 7-10 Everything is reasonably good and the horse is beginning to be collected yet remains relaxed. Even and balanced tempo.
Lena Lennartsson, October 2013.