When I create an assessment, I generally test no more than three or four skills. For each skill, I will generate three or four questions designed to show whether a student understands that particular skill. Because we're teachers and like things to be readable and accessible to all types of learners, we often display the data with colors which clearly indicate a student's level of proficiency. Usually, we assign blues and green for mastery, yellows and oranges for students approaching mastery, while red is reserved for far below mastery.
Then we tackled the half passes. The other day, Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, shared a Facebook post from Dressage Today that offered a tip to improve the accuracy of the half passes. In it, Leslie Webb (who lived and worked in Bakersfield for many years) is quoted as saying, "Align your outside hip, inside hand and the bit with your destination letter in one straight line. (This will help you remember to use your inside rein as an indirect rein, not an open one.) Imagine this line, and you will always arrive at the proper destination in all your half passes, whether they are shallow or steep, at trot or canter." —Leslie Webb
Right now, my goal to is to get my scores up into the mid-60s. Will it happen at this next show? I don't know, but that's what I am shooting for. As painful as it was, I also studied the videos and score sheets from each of the three tests we did this weekend. It's easy to see that I just need to clean up a few things. Speedy and I have some work to do over the next two weeks, but I know it will pay off.
I definitely enjoy a challenge.