Use of the Crop/Stick

QUESTION: How do you penalize/reward a rider that has to use their crop during a round? Is this action judged differently in equitation vs. hunters?

While the carrying and use of crops is optional, their usage ranges from a slight tap to a significant “hit” behind the saddle. The issue of using the stick during a show performance is discussed among our judges.

Judges’ Answers to this question:

Brian Lenehan:

Steve Wall:

Otis Brown:

Sue Ashe:

Scott Williamson:

Keith Hastings: