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Are you smarter than a 6th grader?

Nov 02nd 2021

Due to the World Championships taking place in Herning in 2022, the municipality of Herning has in cooperation with the Danish Equestrian Federation, Region Midtjylland, Herning2022, Sport Event Denmark, Signe Tønder - kæpheste.dk, and Aalborg Sports College prepared an interdisciplinary teaching material called "Bedst til Hest", which has been published ultimo October 2021. Below we have collected a few tasks for you to entertain and test your knowledge. 

1. Model of Dressage Arena

Dressage is one of the disciplines within the equestrian sport where the horse's obedience, agility in movements, physique, and abilities are judged, as well as the rider's position and cooperation with the horse, are assessed.

Assignment

Measure and draw a Dressage arena in a mini model on an A2 sheet - make it a suitable scale.

Letters written around the track are originally Roman numerals. There is no explanation to why the letters are in that order.

The letters are distributed at equal distances from each other along the long sides.

The distance from the corner to the first letter along the longe sides is half the distance of the remaining letters on the long side. On the short side, the letter is placed in the middle.

Calculate the distance between the letters, before you draw the arena and add the letters.
 

• Measure and calculate the distance from D to G

• Measure and calculate the distance from M to K

• Measure and calculate the circumference of the square P R S V

• Measure and calculate the circumference of the square B I E L

2. Dressage - Dance and expression

The rider receives a program some time before a competition. The horse and the rider have to move in many different patterns in a Dressage arena. The judge assesses each exercise with points from 1 - 10. Furthermore, the equipage is judged for the obedience and the collaboration throughout the program.

Dressage Exercises

In Dressage, there are a number of exercises the equipage must complete. The exercises are based on a mix of the traditional gaits for horses: Walk, trot and canter. There are many different exercises determined by the level you compete on. Some of exercises are:

- Turns on the front and back

- Lateral movements

- Counter canter

- Flying changes

- Pirouettes

- Piaffe

- Passage

Assignment

Find a piece of music you like with a length of 2 minutes and make a choreography of different dance steps that fit the rhythm of the song, using both fast and slow steps.

When making a choreography you might not be able to move like a horse with only 2 legs, below we have gathered examples on dance steps, you can put together or come up with your own.

- Running steps: Cross one foot in front of the other, move backwards, to the sides and forward

- Chassé: One foot goes to the side, the other one follows quickly - the first takes another step. Count 1 - and - 2 (or chas-sé).

- Pirouette: Rotate 360 degrees on one foot.

- Cross running: You cross one leg alternately in front and behind the other.

- Turn: With small steps, you turn your body around a centre.

- Waltz steps: Go one step to the side and collect your feet. Followed by a step backwards, to the side and collect. The movement is made in a square.

- Slide: Slow gliding step to one side, where the other foot follows along.

- Skipping jump: A step followed by a jump.

Draw a horse - you can do it!

You might find it difficult to draw a horse, but with the right help, it is possible! There is all kind of horse drawings - and here is the opportunity to draw a horse on your level.

Materials

- Piece of paper

- A pencil, not too sharp

- Eraser

Assignment

Draw a horse with one of the two suggestions below - a cartoon horse or a more realistic horse. You can find inspiration for the horse's appearance by searching on the internet.

Videos

You can find a lot of videos on how to draw a horse, here are a few examples:

Draw a realistic horse

Draw a cartoon horse

Treats for horses

If you would like to spoil your horse you can either buy treats or make them yourself. You can taste them but remember it is for the horses!

Recipe

Ingredients

- 1 apple

- 3 carrots

- 4 slices of rye bread (wholemeal bread)

- 4 spoons of oatmeal

- 4 spoons of water

Approach

1. Turn on the oven at 150 degrees celsius.

2. Grate the carrots and the apple.

3. Crumble / cut the rye bread into small pieces

4. Mix apple, carrots, rye bread, oatmeal and water in a bowl, and knead the mass together.

5. Shape the treats into small round pieces and place them on a baking paper sheet with baking paper.

6. Bake the pieces in the oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

7. When your snacks are done, they need to be cooled and then they are ready to be eaten - and they are healthy.

Try more tasks and see the rest of the material right here.

You are more than welcome to share your experience with us at #Bedsttilhest

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