"L" Graduates and "r" Judges: Who's certified, how did you do it?
The recent thread on L Certification volunteer riders started me thinking about Dressage Judge Certification Programs.
I'm not ready just yet to pursue this but it has been an endeavor I decided a few years back that I woluld love to take a crack at. I'd LOVE to judge at our local eventing and dressage shows.
To be eligible to take part, you have to show success at Second Level with some scores above 60% or training horses to Fourth Level, or you have to have taught pupils at Fourth Level or above.
understandable, as the dressage judge should be competent riding at the level they are judging. No brianer there. I don't have access to anything more than youngsters or green horses so I'll have to make a horse to meet these reqirements....
but then comes "r" requirements--
In addition to having graduated an "L" program with distinction, a candidate must meet a Fourth Level riding proficiency requirement at a designated number of USEF competitions. Applicants also must have recommendations from at least 12 licensed dressage judges.
"r" status makes one a USEF judge for Intro-Second Level
The difference between 2nd level and 4th level is dramatic.
If an "r" judge will never be judging above 2nd then why must they have proved in competition fluency at 4th?
I feel confident that I will never have a fourth level dressage horse of my own and meeting this reqirenment will take me years. Figure, in my world, 4th level is the equivalent of an Advanced Eventer and all of my horses are sold off well before they reach that point.
In this case, do people lease school masters to get the level/score requirenments?