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Questions about competition from a non-horse person!
I am just your average college student who, admittedly, does not know anything about horses and does not ride. But within the past few years, I have reconnected with some friends who are avid riders (actually, as of the posting of this thread, I am watching the live stream of the PA National Horse Show bc I know a few folks who are competing in the medal finals tomorrow).
I have a couple of questions about judging and competition (and please forgive me if my terminology is just dead wrong ) :
1. Are there deductions if a horse clips a jump but does not dislodge the bar (or bars)?
2. To riders watching other riders, is it obvious when someone has a near-perfect or immaculate round?
Thank you very much! Hopefully I can learn a bit during my time on these forums!
#2 - If it's a hunter round you can tell if it's an excellent round or not but there's a subjective element that's up to the judges. If it's strictly a jumper round then it's all about time and clear or not clear and if there are faults.
A Hunter round is different from a Jumping round, so you'd have to give us the names of the classes for a little bit better definition. Does that help a little?
It certainly does! And I am referring to the "Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final" if that helps!
Oh, and I have another question to tack on, riding-wise: what is the significance of riders wearing white pants vs. tan pants? I'm noticing both in the warm-up round that's live right now.
In an Equitation class (which is judged on the rider) a rail down will only count if it is rider error. Rubs/touches are usually judged the same as a rail down. Riders have won equitation classes and finals such as the class you were watching yesterday with a rail down. I believe the rider that ended up 2nd overall yesterday had a rail down in the first round.
If you see white breeches, they are for special classes. You will not see them for equitation classes. In the warmup round, riders may have shown in an early class that required them and not had time to change.
A rail down in Jumpers is 4 faults and a refusal is 4 faults. Two refusals and you are excused. I haven't seen a touch/rub class in jumpers in many years, although I am sure they still exist.
In a Hunter class (which is judged on the horse), rails and rubs do count amd the penalty is high.
For the equitation part, it's judged on the rider and the horse should reflect the rider's ability. You generally see the dark navy or black hunt coats, not sure about the shadbelly. Equitation riders wear the tan breeches, as well as hunters. White breeches are normally just seen in jumpers.
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