Dressage scoring No. 5. FACT: What will happen to my scores if horse is clearly irregular in all his trot work, but the Judge at C does not eliminate.
What will happen to my scores if horse is clearly irregular in all his trot work, but the Judge at C does not eliminate.
QUESTIONS: What technical scores may I get? What may I get for paces?
COMMENTS AND POSSIBLE MARK:
As the USDF defines it: “Rhythm is the repetition of footfalls and a sound dressage horse has only three correct rhythms – a four-beat walk, two-beat trot, three-beat canter.”
For purposes of this particular Blog, we will be concentrating in the trot, but obviously correct rhythm is very important in all 3 gaits.
If the trot is irregular in both sides, you will probably be eliminated. Obviously is not fair to the horse to continue like this and there is no appeal against this decision.
However, if you are not eliminated, you still will face problems with your scores.
As my friend, Janet Foy said in his article, Maintaining Rhythm in Your Riding, “Maintaining the rhythm of the paces is the priority of dressage training. Anytime the training creates rhythm problems, the training is incorrect”
Therefore, since rhythm is the wide base of the Training Pyramid, any time your trot is not a clear two-beat anymore, the particular movement is not satisfactory anymore. Therefore, each mark will be below 5 depending on how severe is the irregularity.
And also, in the mark for paces, if all the trot was shown irregular it is very likely that this mark will also be bellow 5.
Please take into consideration that the fact, was “clearly irregular in all his trot work”. A different approach will be if some uneven steps are shown momentarily, but we will deal with that in a different Blog.