So I was reading an interesting 'debate' article between COTH riders and I was curious to see your reactions if anyone else had read it.
It's about the Fuego XII & Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz during the WEG GrandPrixFreestyle.
Here is the test:
I was absolutely blown away by the ride. As far as accuracy of the movements I couldn't tell you but he looked so relaxed and happy to be out there. He placed 5th I believe. Here are some exerpts from the article:
What Should Be Most Important In A Freestyle: Artistic Or Technical Merits? | The Chronicle of the Horse
"Fuego’s overall score was announced, an 81.45 percent that would eventually place him fifth, there were boos all around"
" She said Fuego had a few weaker movements that brought down his score. "
"Since freestyles were first included at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague, the Netherlands, there’s been debate over technical versus artistic merits, and Fuego brought that debate to light again. Should the judges have been influenced by the crowd’s warm reception of Fuego and Diaz? Many people probably left the WEG thinking only of that ride—shouldn’t that have made them the winners?
Another O-level judge, Axel Steiner, says no. If the technical aspects of the tests are compromised from the artistic, we may find ourselves looking at a version of riding that scarcely resembles true dressage"
"“I think the freestyle has done a tremendous amount for the sport. The only time it’s sold out is for the freestyle. But we definitely have to be careful that we do not let it turn into circusy-type performances, and that’s why we’re rather strict to keep the technical in check. That’s why you can only do a double pirouette, for instance, and no above the ground exercises are allowed. Movements are shown both ways, and the walk is shown, to keep it grounded in the technical area."
There is much more info on the article I linked to.
So what do you guys think?