somethimes you do get that biast judge I have done entered two horses in the same catergory one was bay white blaze very pretty and he did the most horrible test you could imagine counter canter, chucking his head taking off wouldnt stop the most abrupt transitions and he got 3rd my other mare marble appy a scar on her back leg white blaze , she did the nicest test I've evr done on her perfect transitions , on the bit, long and low foward free walk she got 2nd to last several people watching her test commenting on it and how nice she looked and yet she didnt do well? Sometime just because they shouldnt mark according to there own perferences doesnt mean they don't
I agree, I have seen some interesting dressage tests at events in the past, and wonder how in the world they scored how well they did, in compareson to other rides in the same category.
Dressage is the ultimate most important factor to HT's, if you don't do well in your dressage phase, you have allot of hard work ahead of you to catch up, or you sit there and cross your fingers hoping other competators in your category end up refusing or getting pennalties out on the CC course.
It is really difficult compeition out there, the serious competators work very hard on a daily basis to be fully prepared for their next compeition - and if you are not ontop of your game *Prepared - mentally, physically* then don't bother, because you will be up against many who are.
*I assume you are speaking of the dressage phase?*