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post #1 of 7 Old 08-16-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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EQUITATION... what do the judges look for?

I'm going to state, and the jumping has changed to Equitation. I've done Equitation before, once... I'm considering on having a few lessons... but i was wondering what the judges look for??

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"Equitation may refer to a rider's position while mounted, and encompass a rider's ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated. Such classes go by different names, depending on region, including equitation classes, rider classes, or horsemanship classes. Judging criteria covers the rider's performance and control of the horse, use of riding aids, proper attire, correct form, and usually factor in rider poise and the cleanliness and polish of horse, rider and equipment. The performance of the horse is not judged per se, but a poorly-performing horse is considered to reflect the ability of the rider."
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hmm, thanks... i know it's jumping, in australia it's called equitation, but pretty sure every where else calls it hunt seat? im not sure, but thanks!
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I judge and have for several years, and some of the top things I look for is a good leg, a good heel that is down, soft hands, a clean consistent ride, and I like to see a clean turnout for horse & rider. I like to see a horse and rider that just seem to "click" with one another, have good flow together. I love to see a great leg and position as soon as a rider enters the ring though! I would say that's the first thing that catches my eye!
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wow thanks heaps, but what is a good leg position? how long should the stirrups be? I'm only like 160cm, and my pony is 13.1hh... if you wanted to know.
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By good leg position I would assume heel, hip and shoulder in a vertical line. I would also think that a good leg includes being solid and not flying all over the place. Your stirrups should probably set at jumping length.

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this is a 90cm jump, and ill be jumping 80cm at state, but is this a good EQ? leg, hands etc. over the jump?
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