jaydee - you were not seeing the top level equitation riders if they were riding with their "toes stuck out at right angles to the horse" and their horses were not on the bit, no matter what anyone told you. Until the equitation finals in the fall, almost anyone can enter an equitation class as long as they pay the fee. There are restrictions as to age, but there is rarely a qualification until the finals. Watch some current top level equitation riders such as Lillie Keenan or Jacob Pope online and appreciate their control, accuracy, poise and style. Brianne Goutal and McLain Ward were equitation final winners as juniors and they still maintain a classic style.