So yeah, this test, the one I liked better.
We got our results back.
I originally was just going to post the test sheet, but I had more fun breaking it down like this…
|Movements||What I thought||What they thought|
|1||A – Enter in working trot
X – Halt Salute
Proceed in working trot
|4 – Crooked af||5 – 2 tracking Cl, halt not straight|
|2||C – track right
B – circle right 20m
BK – working trot
|7 – some unsteadiness in the contact||5.5 – quarters in|
|3||KXM – Change rein
MC – working trot
|7² – need to use corners more||5.5² – not straight|
|4||Between C & H – Working canter left lead
HE – Working canter
|6² – Need to use corners more||6² – calm departure|
|5||E – circle left 20m||6 – Slightly unbalanced, need to sit more||6.5|
|6||Between E & K – working trot
KA – working trot
|7 – corners you baboon||6.5|
|7||A – circle left 20m stretchy trot
Before A – shorten reins
|6 – needs to take nose more fwd in the stretch, shape of circle||5.5 – nose needs to stretch out more|
|8||F – medium walk
FE – change rein medium walk
|6² – horse too low at poll||6²|
|9||EM – change rein, free walk
MC – medium walk
|5² – need to stretch more fwd and down, more overtrack needed||5.5² – more overtrack and stretch needed|
|10||C – working trot
CE – working trot
|5 – Braced transition, use corners||6|
|11||E – Circle left 20m
EF – working trot
|6 – Unsteady in contact||6 – poll dropping at times. Something I have been unable to decipher that looks like St Rhy|
|12||FXH – change rein
HC – working trot
|6² – Unsteady in contact||6² – keep fwd|
|13||Between C & M – working canter right lead
MB – working canter
|5² – Braced in transition||5.5 ² – More engagement in up trans.|
|14||B – Circle right 20m||6 – Slightly unbalanced||6 – Quarters in|
|15||Between B & F – Working trot
FA – working trot
|16||A – Down centreline
X – Halt, salute
|4 – Overshot, crooked on CL||5 – off CL, 2 tracking|
I found this quite interesting, honestly.
I managed to guess the score within <2% of the actual result, which is a good indicator, and most of my thoughts tended to be within 0.5 of the score.
What seemed to differ is why I thought those marks should be lost. I was focusing more on the accuracy of the test and the steadiness into the contact whereas it seemed her primary issue was the location of B’s rear end. I have to admit this wasn’t something I thought was a huge issue (other than on the C/L – obvs) so I am going to go back and look again.
I may ask a second opinion from some judge friends to see if this is also something they see as being a glaringly huge problem as it’s not something that’s ever been mentioned as an issue in training (other than on the C/L – obvs), so perhaps I just needed my eyes opened to it.
Anyway, final results…
So close to third place!
Solidly middle of the field. And for all of those people who said I was a harsh marker, well it looks like I’m not the harshest one there is, so mwahahah.
I have no idea if we actually get ribbons for this, but I would love that because I love B and he deserves some shiny ribbon for putting up with me.
They seem to be having a bit of a fit trying to get my Prep scoresheet back to me, which is odd, but at the very least I will be able to compare scores. That’s hard because I found the comments the most illuminating. I wish there would have been collective comments, those are my favorite part.