Originally Posted by IrishRider
I haven't done a medal class but I'll tell you about one. The one I'm thining of had a normal course at first. Everyone did that. Then the judge called back his top four riders. Not sure if it's like this in every state, but here, the order that the judge calls the riders in the arena is backwards from the order he is thinking of placing them. I.E. The rider he thinks he wants to place in 4th he calls in first the rider in 1st is called in last. Anyway, then the judge will read the "work off" instructions. This particular one went something like this:
- Pick up the canter and jump fence 8 (from the original course)
- Canter fences 3 and 6
- After fence 6 come down to a sitting trot and halt in front of the other riders
- After the halt walk slowly back to your place in line
The judge read the directions twice and that was that. The riders could not have any contact with their trainer at all. They sat in the arena in a line and watched their opponents go one by one. The medal classes are a bit tricky because the judges can ask for a variation of a lot of things including trotting fences, halting after fences, counter canter, etc. Good luck and have a good time. Let us know how it goes.
Thanks a lot for the help :) They had a July show as well but I only entered the August one, so I went and watched some of the July one. It was a lot like you said, some trotting over fences cantering stuff like that. The schooling shows at my barn.. at least the summer one's are really small, it's mostly for people who are in the riding school. I think more people trailer their horses to the fall one though.