So, my trainer is putting on a local combined training show -- dressage, x-country, show jumping. Since I do hunter equitation, I won't be showing, but I have been recruited to sit in my Jeep at the back of the x-country field and take notes about refusals, falls, going off course, etc. Not a problem.
But she also wants me to judge the trot poles class for the jumping portion. Because those in this class are typically younger and are walk-trot riders, she doesn't want to make it a timed event. Rather, she wants it to be judged as an equitation class. Which makes sense to me. (And these kids are trained in equitation at this level anyway)
I feel totally up to doing this. I'm actually kind of excited about it.
Even though I'm not exactly riding 'A' shows these days, Hunter Equitation is where I've always been.
Heels down, eyes up, shoulders back, quiet hands and quiet legs, good balance, etc. (Obviously refusals and falls would be part of this.)
But ... what would be a good/fair way to score them, especially at this level? Given that it's not a traditional hunter show, I'd like to do something points based, as opposed to just jotting down the placings. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
And I know -- it's just ground poles. I just want to do a good job.