I hope you do not misunderstand me. I am not putting myself forward as someone who is capable of always producing the ideals that the masters laid down. I realize how difficult it is to judge horse and rider from a photograph as it only represents a moment in time. The reason I began this thread was to open a dialogue about how true classical dressage is a dying art. It is my belief that our organizations (FEI, USEF,USDF) could be doing much more to insure that this does not happen. Thank you for commenting about my Avatar, I was wondering when someone would mention it. This photo (I will post the videos as well if I can) was taken 6 years ago with my young green mare at her first recognized show. We scored in the high 60's and low 70's in all of our tests, won every class and recieved a medal for high score for the weekend. While I was extremely proud of my girl, who I raised from a baby, for behaving like a perfect angel, the rides were tense and quick and the poll being the highest point was definitely the exception and not the rule. The judge never commented on any of those things. Had I not had an excellent trainer/mentor in Erik Herbermann, I would have just patted myself on the back and sought to repeat that performance in the future. Now while a photo only represents a moment in time, a video is more like a day in the life, the judge does not know that my horse was working far better at home than the video represented, her job is to assess what she sees before her eyes.
Last edited by lthorse; 09-14-2010 at 06:52 AM.