I didn't get to see the whole test (slow internet connection, ugh) but in the amount I saw, the man does have firm contact but it's not a death grip, force 'em on the bit contact. I didn't see him go behind the vertical, but yes I do know what you mean about modern dressage in these days, but obvisouly this horse was not taught by "modern techniques". Personally, I think his hocks showed enough action and implusion. Maybe that's all he can get depending on his build. He does appear to be one of those warmbloods where all the muscles naturally up front. I honestly think he did amazing from the few minitutes I saw.
KEEP HORSES IN THE STABLE & OFF THE TABLE !!!!! ♥♥♥