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Horse riding Edexcel GCSE Short Course
Assessment Criteria for Horse riding: Practical Performance
0 Performance not worthy of credit
1-2 Able to mount and dismount, walk and halt but with little or no style.
Leads pony by hand but may lack confidence in approaching and leading.
Has little or no knowledge of equitation and designs and rides a very
3-4 Can put on a saddle and bridle with assistance and can mount and
dismount with ease.
Can walk and rising trot with some style and ride turns and circles with
Displays a limited knowledge of equitation and designs and rides a
5-6 Demonstrates rising and sitting trot with growing confidence and style
but canter with little or no style. Can ride over poles with confidence.
Can ride in canter, turns and circles, ride in walk independently of the
reins and hold the reins in one hand in the walk and trot. Can do left and
right circle, ride on the correct diagonal.
Demonstrates basic understanding of equitation and design s and rides
a complex routine with guidance.
7-8 Rides confidently and efficiently in walk, trot and canter with or without
Can jump 2ft 6 fences but the technique may be basic. Has good contact
and control of the horse and can perform the following movements
well: walk, trot on named diagonal, centre on correct leg, ride school
figures in walk, trot and canter and turn on the forehand.
Has a good knowledge of equitation and designs and rides a complex
9 - 10 Is a confident rider who performs skills very effectively.
Can jump a variety of fences at 2 ft 9 cross-country or 3 ft show jumping,
showing good balance and effectiveness in the five phases of jump.
Or is good in performing riding figures in walk, trot and canter, reining
back, turns on forehand demonstrating the ability to ride consistently on
the bit and ride the horse to collection. Should attempt quarter
Has an excellent knowledge of equitation and designs and rides a highly