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post #11 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 10:36 PM
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post #12 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 11:19 PM
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An interesting couple of photo's at the bottom of this article:
Dressage at the Games – Day 2 « The Horse Magazine – Australia's Leading Equestrian Magazine

Now, a photo is a moment in time, yes. BUT - if you watch the footage of these tests, the photo's given here do represent the flavour of both combinations. I know which I prefer. As I said in my previous post, Valegro has muscles in all the right places.

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post #13 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Haha wow! I talked to my instructor today and she said my horse pretty much can't get a 9 (lol) But the rest of my scores were pretty much accurate! Yay! :)
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Yes - as I said in the other thread, scores in the 80's tend to be professional scores - in club level competition higher scores seem to be handed out very freely. Which is ok if you want to stay in those shows, but I know a lot of young riders who have become extremely discouraged when they go from scoring in the 80's with their club dressage days, to mid 50's to low 60's when they take the plunge into official/rated dressage competition. Its good to encourage riders at those lower level competitions - many combinations would score in the 30's if that type of work were to be shown officially, but that would be cruel to give those marks at a fun type show. But then it also gives that false sense of hope.
One kid I know gave up horses entirely as a result. She was getting high 70's to mid 80's up to novice level (1st level US??) with her riding club. She'd bring her photographer friend along, who would take thousands of photos and select only the few that made the combination look really good. Put them all over the internet, people commented on what a great rider the girl (teenager) was, what a talented horse etc.
The first time she went official, she was so scared that as soon as her horse pricked its ears, she burst into tears, started screaming and it took her poor coach over an hour to coax her into getting on and doing a test. She scored in the low 40's.
The poor kid had put so much pressure on herself by flashing these 'lucky shots' around, talking herself up enormously, that when she had to go out and ride in front of the people she'd been trying to impress, she lost the plot.
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Yes - as I said in the other thread, scores in the 80's tend to be professional scores - in club level competition higher scores seem to be handed out very freely. Which is ok if you want to stay in those shows, but I know a lot of young riders who have become extremely discouraged when they go from scoring in the 80's with their club dressage days, to mid 50's to low 60's when they take the plunge into official/rated dressage competition. Its good to encourage riders at those lower level competitions - many combinations would score in the 30's if that type of work were to be shown officially, but that would be cruel to give those marks at a fun type show. But then it also gives that false sense of hope.
One kid I know gave up horses entirely as a result. She was getting high 70's to mid 80's up to novice level (1st level US??) with her riding club. She'd bring her photographer friend along, who would take thousands of photos and select only the few that made the combination look really good. Put them all over the internet, people commented on what a great rider the girl (teenager) was, what a talented horse etc.
The first time she went official, she was so scared that as soon as her horse pricked its ears, she burst into tears, started screaming and it took her poor coach over an hour to coax her into getting on and doing a test. She scored in the low 40's.
The poor kid had put so much pressure on herself by flashing these 'lucky shots' around, talking herself up enormously, that when she had to go out and ride in front of the people she'd been trying to impress, she lost the plot.

Oh gosh I see this around so much its rediculous! Just that pony club dressage judges are a lot less critical than EFA or open judges!

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Oh gosh I see this around so much its rediculous! Just that pony club dressage judges are a lot less critical than EFA or open judges!
Very true! Pony club dressage hands 9's and 8's around so freely! In EFA you'd be doing EXTREMELY well to get a 7!
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my instructor (back when I had one) used to say I could not move up a level until I scored a 70. The best I ever got was a 69. Something.
tiny, I noticed lots of people go up in the levels when they are not ready yet. My scores were good in Intro, but I didn't move up to Training till I got "a go" from my trainer (who IS a recognized judge ). I guess, I'm not brave enough to make such decision. LOL!

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Yeah, lol I know I wont be getting 80's at recognized shows. I am still going to aim for 70's though. I am going to a schooling show end of this month and will try intro a b and maybe training 1 (I can't figure out intro c to save my life). I actually at home ride 1st level 3. The schooling show is decently small, probably 6 people at most in a class so there wont be stress of coming home with a ribbon. At the recognized show im doing mid sept. In intro they're lucky to get one person MAYBE two to enter and it is a 2 day show. So I will be focusing on my own scores and just using what I get to improve, not having to worry about blue's. :)
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im not being judgemental or anything, but why would you do intro if you school first level test 3 at home ??

That makes no sense to me....i can see schooling first and showing training level, but its a little unfair imo to school first level test 3 and show intro a...

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post #20 of 25 Old 08-06-2012, 12:30 PM
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im not being judgemental or anything, but why would you do intro if you school first level test 3 at home ??
gypsy, if you look in different thread horse is recovering, so the OP doesn't want to canter yet.

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