Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Well, I botched the Training 3 test.... That's what I get for not finding a caller. So we didn't do so well on that one... 56.6
Overall.... I don't think we will be going to any more Dressage shows, at least not in this area and definitely NOT if Hardesty is judging. Judges just don't like Cinny. I know some people on here will be mad at me for saying this but it was made clear this weekend that they truly have favorite breeds or people, at least the judge on Friday did. When my horse goes around and performs his tests in a solid, obedient way with balance and rhythm, even if he isn't quite as "on the bit" as he should be but doing EVERYTHING I asked him to do and even stretched down in his stretchy circles and free walk.. and then an Arabian with perfect Arabian head set comes in, bolts out of his halt/salute, throws a tanty in a corner including bucking like a bronc, rearing and thrashing his head side to side and almost dismounting it's rider, then breaks into a canter every 2 or 3 strides that he should be trotting gets 10 points higher than docile, obedient Cinny..... then I can't help but have this opinion. Also scoring higher was a Friesian that bucked every time it was asked to canter and had a rider who was very unstable in the saddle and bounced and popped out of it during his entire ride, and an OTTB that threw 2 tantys during it's test and bucked and kicked at the rails every time it got close to them (it received a 72 btw).
What happened to the days when overall importance were the SAFE horses. It seems it doesn't matter anymore weather the horses are safe rides.... Let them throw tantys, let them buck, let them bolt, let them break from a trot... so long as they are on the bit, round and look oh so pretty while they are doing so..... Nothing matters anymore to judges except the horse being round and pretty.... I thought at training level, most Dressage horses are still developing topline and the ability to be round anyway... but they should have impulsion, balance, and obedience. I didn't know that boltin, bucking, rearing, kicking, and thrashing it's head side to side while rearing were signs of an obedient horse, but I guess it it.
BTW, I had several people that I competed against also say I got jipped because THEY even thought Cinny and I had much better rides than they did, and couldn't believe that they scored higher.