So in the May virtual show, I also entered the jumping. Part of this was because A) the process of walking a course and then going and riding it is great skill buildings and B) it was a new judge so I figured it couldn’t be any worse.
The scorecard was the same, but obviously, the course changed. My original post regarding riding this course is here, but I will include the video below too.
For context: 0 – Refusal, 1 – Very Bad, 2 – Bad, 3 – Satisfactory, 4 – Good, 5 – Excellent
My line to one could have been better, but she jumped it great. I would give it a 4. Jump 2 was maybe a touch close, but a good effort with good energy – 4. Came out of the turn and pushed when I didn’t need to up to jump 3, so I’ll give that one a 3.
The ride to jump 4 (pink vertical) was great. Giving that sucker a 4.5. Another great ride to 5 (green plank), so another 4.5. A bit flat to the red white and blue jump, so a 3.5, but the oxer at jump 7 rode great, 5.
Crap ride to jump 8 (pink vertical), that one gets a 2. But we finished strong at jump 9, so I will give that one a 4.
Soooo what did the judge think?
(Jumps do not get individual comments)
(38 out of 45 possible).
For context: 10 – Excellent, 9 – Very Good, 8 – Good, 7 – Fairly Good, 6 – Satisfactory, 5 – Marginal, 4 – Insufficient, 3 – Fairly Bad, 2 – Bad, 1 – Very Bad
(Confidence, response to the aids, attitude and ability).
7.0 Bold Horse (Dying laughing at this one. yes she is)
(Maintaining rhythm, appropriate pace, desire to go forward, ability to adjust balance before fences, jumping out of stride)
6.5 Forward Pace, gets a little runny at times. Work on rocking her back on her hocks to help maintain balance.
Rider Correct Use of Aids:
(Clarity, subtlety, independence, accuracy of test)
7.0 Well ridden, keep working on half halts to maintain rhythm.
7.0 Really nice pair that look very confident
(13.75 out of 20 possible)
Total Score: 51.75
Overall, the judge seemed pretty happy with what she saw. The “needs to rock back on hocks more” comment came up on a few people’s tests. Again though… this is tough for a horse like May who really needs to cover the ground. We can have a super bouncy, rocked back canter, but then we won’t get down the lines.
I think it’s funny that these judges don’t think I have a half halt. I can half halt… but I like to encourage May taking me a bit to the fences. Again, she really needs to jump across things to cover the distances… There’s another one of these in June that I guess we will do, but we are also eyeing a return to actual horse trials. More on that soon!