08-07-2009, 09:19 AM
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Sunny - the Hunter Form over fences has turned into something far from what GM and others before him intended it to be. GM gripes about it often in his critique columns and at clinics.
The "pretty" form you see now, is called perching and posing - and even GM says it has turned very unfunctional in the show ring. Read my thread Form Over Fences and you will see what I mean.
The Crest Relase was brought about by GM to aid green riders to support themselves over fences to not interfear with their horses mouth.
A rider who cannot support their upper body with functional strong lower legs and heels - needs to use the crest release to be supported over the fence. That way they don't catch their horse in the mouth.
That is why the Crest Release was brought about. GM says it is highly over done and has become quite a crutch for riders, who clearly should not be doing the release. The show ring has become about pinning, nothing more - nothing less - so riders will "perch" and "pose" over a fence, beacuse it is what wins.
If it were GM who were juding, he would highly mark against it.
The Automatic Release is an old, time traditional relase - that should be saught after by more experienced riders, who clearly can support their upper bodies with their functional, strong, lower legs and heels. A rider who can remain over their horse and with their horse without interfearing and not catching their horse in the mouth, should be doing the automatic.