Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
I agree with Anebel about the judges credentials. It angers me when a poor judge does something like this. There are very valid reasons why sitting trot is not required (or even encouraged) in lower level tests. Often neither the horse OR rider are ready for it. There is no valid reason to "prefer" sitting over rising. That judge should have been protested, if she made such a comment, IMO.
AND, in dressage, there is no such thing as a correct or incorrect diagonal. A diagonal is simply a bending tool....no more, no less. For a judge to EVER mark you down for an incorrect diagonal (unless it badly interfered with the horse's movement) is also incorrect.
I had a new student riding a green horse in a championship training level test. The horse was still overbending on one side and she used the incorrect diagonal as an "unbending" tool. The judge marked her down for the incorrect diagonal as an error.
I protested this and the TD had the judge rescind the error markdown. The student won the championship. It would have been an expensive error for my poor student.
Often, when it comes to lower level judges....you get what you pay for.