Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
I honestly believe that there SHOULD be a restriction in place... you should have to get a 75% or better in that level you're in before advancing.
My opinion... :P
No one would ever get to Grand Prix, and abusive methods would be used in lower and lower levels in order to artificially inflate scores. Judges would also start getting paid off at lower and lower levels.
It is the pursuit of a very high score that has corrupted dressage in the first place, implementing a minimum required score so high would just bring that corruption right down to grass roots.
Also, if there were a required score of 75% to move up a level, I would simply not show, along with many other people in my community. We don't have access to the world class trainers, or sponsorship that some areas do and so the entire dressage community would shut down.
I have an average in the high 60s at first level and am doing second this year because doing first level again would be unfair considering I was champion all last year. And my horse is also ready to do second level. I am not forcing the horse up a level just because I haven't got a 75% at first, he is ready for the jump up.
Also: I know a girl who has gotten a 75% at first level because she was the first ride of the show, and there was mud nearly up to her horse's knees in the ring. The judge was throwing points at her. The rest of the show, and at all the other shows she's done her scores have been in the low to mid 50s. The one test that she did get a really good score was a statistical anomaly. And if she did move up to second level because "oh my horse got a 75%" she would probably get 40% consistently.
I don't do dressage for fun, and I don't do dressage solely to compete. I do dressage because I like it as a sport. The only reason I show is so that when one day I'm showing at a CDI level I'm not going to be all jitters and nerves. I also show so that I can get my scores for judging levels and eventually be an FEI judge.