I show locally at small shows. At one of the shows I went to, the judge was super nice and explained things after the class was over. I loved this because you never get to hear WHY they placed people the way they did.
The pattern had something like 3 cones in a straight line. You were supposed to walk from A to B. Stop at B. Pivot 360 degrees. Trot from B to C. Then set up for the judge.
I think that she said she docked some people who stopped in the wrong place at the cone. Most people (myself included) stopped when my human body was in line with the cone. If I remember right, she said that the horse hasn't arrived at the cone yet, and that the correct way to do it is to stop with the cone in the center of the horse's body.
Then at a different show I went to, a different judge said something else. This particular pattern wanted you to stop at the cone, pivot 90 degrees, and then head for the judge and set up there. She said that you want the cone lined up with the BACK of the horse's body, so that when you pivot 90 degrees, you are still "in line" between those two cones to head straight for the judge.
(I can try to draw a picture if anyone is confused on my explanation.)
Which one is correct??
Or are they each correct because one was on a straight-away and one was a 90 degree turn?