Alright, so we have learnt that Judges judge on how the horse moves and impecable rounds with great strides and rhythm and yadda yadda yadda, makes sense, yes, but lets not deter from George Morri's words with his critique in picture #1.
Even GM has stated loud and clearly how it is a form being taught. And I agree with him. Regardless of the bascule of the horse or how flat the horse is - we are still seeing perching, posing, porno butt, because it is being taught.
We must agree that correct position allows correct communication between the horse and the rider. When the rider learns to be solid, the rider learns to stay out of their horses way. You have to be a team with the horse, and by incorporating a form that isn't doing this, you shouldn't be pinning regardless of how well the horse goes. It is supposed to be about how well the horse and rider team do their jobs, together.
And if riders who perch and pose, end up in a show ring where GM and his colleagues who feel the same way as him, wont pin.
This Rider is skilled and attractive, but her photo is a snapshot of how even our best riders today depart from traditional equitation. I'm sure that this rider is a very succcesful junoir, but her mannered position is a travesty of what it should be.
I ask all of our readers to compare her form with someone photographed riding around 1955. They will see how form today DOES NOT concern itself with funtion, but only with posing.
I do not want to pick on this rider because she is only riding as she was taught, but our riding teachers need to reeducate themselves in the why and how of true equitation.
Again, this is what she sees all around her in the show ring, but it is not correct. And while some Judges do not penalize it, I would sharply mark it down in an equitation class.
Lets look at Beezie Madden, and Buck Davidson and many others who ride with very classical form over fences - how do they obtain this? I am sure that they ride many a different horse with many a different bascule, but yet, they are still solid and functional.
I do agree with the comment about Perching has spread like wildfire because for some reason a rider in the Hunter Ring pinned, perhaps because her horse did a great job and covered her ass, and those around her only saw the Perching Form and assumed that was the reason. That's an interesting theory and could very well be the "why's" as to the reason why this form is all over the place now.
But it's no excuse.