Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
If you have a school horse, or a school master, you can pretty much do anything on them and get away with it. I thought I was a fairly good rider on my old school master, good position, long legs and able to sit his very bouncy medium trot no problems.
Then I got Duffy, and the holes in my riding became more apparent.
It depends on the horse, the training, and the ability of that horse to compensate the rider rather than 'form follows function'. My poor old boy hid a LOT of my faults.
Where as I am not against these classes for new riders to get in to competitions, work on their seat and have the crit, I don't think they should be labelled "Dressage Rider" tests, but something that helps the rider towards aiming for dressage, SJ, XC. To label it as dressage is giving false impressions to the rider.