Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Allison, you are a rider who uses the crest, as george morris intended for it to be used.
You must beable to learn how to use both seats, if you watch exceptional riders like Beezie Madden ride, she can swap between both seats to accomodate that particular fence that she is approaching.
Same with releases. The Crest is useable when you come to a fence that compromises your position, so that you can stay out of your horses way so that he can get his job done.
The Automatic is the oldest of releases, has been done in Europe since English came about - I believe, that the Automatic should be the one we commonly see today, as George Morris even states in his critique columns. It is unfortunate that the Crest is overly done and a crutch of North American Riders today - I dislike this release very much.
Don't get me wrong, it has its' place, but unfortunately, majority of riders in North America, can't surpass its use.