Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Now that you know that you should salute the judge, you should. It is respect, just like braiding your horses mane for dressage. Nope, you wont get penalized for not braiding your horses mane, but it is respectful to do so.
You should always salute the judge when you enter the ring for stadium. At Beginner Novice, and at any level. It is the respectful thing to do.
The only time I've seen riders at BN not halt and salute, is when the Judge informs the Ring Stewart to let us riders know when we are entering the ring, that we are running behind on time and to just get on with their round.
I competed at BN last year, and riders who did not salute, were few and far between - most Coaches emphasize to their lower level riders, to salute, to teach them the respectable protocal.
There is nothing wrong with halting infront of the Judge and nodding your head either - so long as you show the Judge that respect.