Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Yes, it is easy for a horse with moments of misbehavior to score fairly well. I was in a large recognized event and the horse I was riding was in a really naughty mood. The bell rang, we cantered into the ring, had a magnificent halt/salute. Then, when we trotted forward the silly wretch squealed and bucked all the way to C. We tracked right and went on with a really nice test.
I figured it was a bust test, until I got my score. I got a 2 on the spoiled movement but scored mostly 7's and 8's and a couple of 9's on the rest of the test. The judge, Axel Steiner, wrote "rodeo" in his comments on the trip down the centerline. I scored quite high on the collective for position, because I didn't come off, I guess.
We were second after dressage and ended up winning the event due to lack of penalties on XC and Stadium.
I was embarrassed when I got pinned, but 90% of the test was very good. Luckily, dressage is scored by the movement. One bad movement cannot ruin the whole test. It is more fair than flat classes where "impression" is what makes the scores, IMO.