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Dressage scoring No. 16. What principles judges will be following? Are there any Guidelines?

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November 16, 2017

What are the principles that judges will be follow when judging Young Horses Classes?

Besides the FEI Guidelines, the USEF and 5* Dressage Judge have developed very important and clear guidelines that are very useful and that, among other issues, emphasize that the following should be taken into consideration and that I quote as follows:

                          “Judge what you see, and forget what you may know about the past of a horse or rider 


  •   Score on the scale 0-10, remembering the words behind the marks. Hope to find “very good” and “excellent” horses, but be brave enough to be honest when a horse is marginal or insufficient for a career in dressage sport. 

  •   Do not over-penalize the joyfulness, curiosity, or insecurity of the young horse. 
 

  •   The athleticism, basic paces and general impression of the horse as a dressage prospect are judged. General Impression includes temperament, natural talent and conformation to become a high level dressage horse. 

  •   Overall performance is more important than the details of the test. This includes the cooperation with the rider, natural balance, willingness to perform, and willingness to collect. 

  •   Questions which guide the judging and scoring:
    •   Does the performance of the horse correspond to the general idea 
of a dressage horse? 

    •   Is the horse on the correct training path, following the training 
scale? 

    •   Does the horse have the ability to perform Dressage at a high 
level?” 


 

 

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