Some of you probably read my post about Scottie faking lameness during our video for E-Dressage this month and how I didn’t have particularly high hopes for this months test. To top this off, this month the ex racehorse class was judged by a BD List 2A judge, who marks the lower tests “harsher” than lower listed judges. I personally do not have a problem with this because they are used to seeing a higher level of test and they are marking the whole class the same, so everyone’s marks will be lower. But I can still understand how it can be a bit disheartening when you get a lower score than you were expecting.
However, due to Scottie’s head nodding and terrible halt at the end of the test, I was unsure what to expect our result to be, but I was hoping for in the 60%s and a reasonable place in the class. But we did good!
We scored 61% and placed 3rd! The majority of the class scored high 50s-low 60s, so I was very pleased with my score. We had some bad scores in my test, a 5 and a couple of 5.5s for not showing stretch at different points in the test. But we also had a couple of 7’s, and scored 6-6.5 for everything else, so it wasn’t too bad when the judge is used to seeing much better.
“Really nice horse“
The majority of the comments were to be rounder, to allow stretch and better bend. I haven’t had my feedback video yet, but if there are any more comments I will include them later. But even though our individual scores were lower this month, I do believe the quality of our ‘bad’ tests is still an improvement of our old ‘good’ tests.
“Many more marks when he works more consistentlyinto the contact.”
Our collectives were also a bit lower than usual, but still okay:
Rhythm : 7 (14)
Suppleness : 6 (12)
Contact : 5.5 (10)
Rider’s Position : 6.5 (13)
Rider’s Effectiveness : 5.5 (10)
Watch our test below: