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Adding a Stride

A short strided horse adds a stride in a line, resulting in an even six strides in a five stride line. Do you penalize? Do you have the same answer for an equitation class?

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Approaching the Judge

Do you welcome a Junior or an Amateur coming up and asking you a question or inquiring about their score after a class?

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Braiding

How do you feel about braiding?  Does it detract from or add to a horse’s appearance?    Does your answer differ for equitation?

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Breeds

Do you favor a breed?  For a specific type of class (amateurs or equitation vs green hunters)?

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Classic Equitation

What do you essentially look for in an equitation ride?  What are your top three priorities in the rider’s form in terms of importance in an equitation rider, and why? (heels, hands, seat, eyes, etc.)

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Classic Hunter

What do you look for in a hunter? What is your idea of a “classic hunter”?

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Conformation Showmanship

How do you like to see a horse stood up for conformation?  What can an exhibitor/handler do to show off his/her horse?

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Equitation - Flat

In an Equitation on the flat class, what degree of collection are you looking for? Can a rider have his/her horse too collected?

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Equitation - Horse Errors

 If an equitation rider puts in a good ride but his horse makes some minor errors like rapping a rail or a spook, how does that affect his score? How much, if any do you penalize a rail down if the fence is ridden well?

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Equitation - Tack

In an Equitation class, do you consider the bit and the martingale? Regarding shin boots, hind boots, bell boots, polos, etc. - do they take away from or add to "the look?"

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