leg yielding in W/T Eq class?

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    10-27-2012, 08:41 PM
leg yielding in W/T Eq class?

Do judges normally ever ask for leg yielding in a walk trot equitation class?
I had it happen today at my first ever show. Needless to say I was not prepared for it, and I got last out of 4.
Do you think this is something my trainer should have shown me?
The class was judged by a dressage judge I believe.
Even my trainer was suprised that the judge asked for leg yielding.
What are your thoughts?
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    10-27-2012, 08:46 PM
I've never had a leg yield in an equitation class, and I'm above walk/trot level. The most difficult thing I've ever done in a equitation class was picking up a left lead canter after doing a circle to the right at a trot. A leg yield is not really something I would expect to see in a W/T class. At least you have an idea of what the judge is like so you can prepare for next time.
    10-27-2012, 10:48 PM
Interesting. I've never had that either. I think the hardest thing I was ever asked in a w/t class was to back up a few steps.
    10-28-2012, 01:57 PM
Interesting! Of course I would love it if someone asked me to do it LOL as it's something I practice regularly. But no I've never had this happen before.
    10-28-2012, 03:07 PM
Green Broke
I have never seen a leg yield in a w/t class. I have seen rein back, but that's about it.

In the higher level I have seen counter canter, turn on the haunches, a simple change in a pattern.

But no never a leg yield in w/t. That was really strange. However now you know so you can practice at home and be prepared should it ever happen again.
    10-28-2012, 08:53 PM
Do you think it was because it was a dressage judge? (It was Laura Bowman, if that matters any)
Even then it doesn't make sense because isn't the basis for everything flat work? So she shouldnt have to ask for a leg yield? I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here but I was just confuzzled by it lol
I will be more prepared for next time atleast! Thanks guys for your input.
Any info is helpful.
    10-28-2012, 08:57 PM
Green Broke
Equitation classes will ask you to do many different things as you move up the levels. When I was a kid in Pony Club the judges used to have us switch horses in Medal classes.

The reason you get asked to do so many different movements is because it is judging how well you ride these commands and how subtle you are in asking for different things. Equitation is the rider and the judge wants to make sure you know how to do these things.

It very well could have been because she was a dressage judge. Its hard to say. It could have been she was having a hard time picking a winner so she threw you something different to see who can do it.
    10-28-2012, 09:00 PM
I have seen it in hunt seat equitation classes but not in a w/t class...
    10-29-2012, 06:13 PM
I have seen it in Medal Classes... but never walk/trot!!
    10-29-2012, 06:49 PM
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One would assume that people in a WT class are very new to riding or showing. They should never be expected to do a movement at that level. Oh, well....
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