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Equitation Extra Credit

In an equitation class, what “extra credit” moves do you like to see, on the flat or over fences? (sitting trot, turn on the forehand, etc.)

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Equitation Work-offs

What are your favorite tests that challenge riders in a Medal class work-off and why?

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Hands: Rider's Jumping Release

Release - While most of today's hunter & equitation riders use a long or short crest release, how would you score a rider that keeps the contact with the horse's mouth, using a correct automatic release or following arm, rather than a crest release?  Would there be any deductions or credit given to that rider assuming the horse jumped beautifully without rider interference?  Would this affect your decision as a tie breaker?  Does your answer differ in hunters vs equitation?

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Handy Hunters

Handy classes – Describe a round with a high mark for handiness.  What attributes make a good handy hunter?

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Hunter - Attire

Do you have preferences or consider fashion in the hunter ring like stylish attire (trendy coat colors), headgear or tack?

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Hunter Athleticism & Scope

Scope versus knee-snapper: How do you rate a horse that has lots of scope in his jump in a Pre-Green or First Year Green class versus the horse that snaps its knees higher over 3 foot jumps without the scope of the first horse? Do you favor one over the other?   And in an Amateur Owner class, how do you weigh the more athletic scopey horse that may act a little green versus the consistent, packer amateur horse that lumbers around the course?

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Hunter Derby

Derbies – What do you like to see in a derby horse?  What do derbies do or should do for the hunter industry?  Are the courses getting too tough for hunters and inviting equitation horses?

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Hunter Tack

Do you consider tack on a hunter? Do you care if a horse goes with a running martingale?  Do you weigh the fact that a horse goes with or without a standing martingale?  Likewise, do you credit/penalize a horse showing in a snaffle bit versus another bit like a pelham?

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Hunter Under Saddle

In a hunter under saddle class, comment on the "frame" of the horse you are looking for. Are you looking for a degree of collection? Can a hunter be too strung out?

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Hunter Under Saddle - Rider Position

Seat position at canter - Do you have a preference for a 3 point or 2 point/half seat in hunters under saddle?  Would you as a judge penalize a rider in a 3 point in the canter assuming their horse accepted their weight and moved and performed beautifully with the rider in this position?  Would this rider’s position affect your decision in tie breaker situation?

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