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    Just have to point out, gait quality IS part of...

    Just have to point out, gait quality IS part of what the judge's score. It isn't just about the "overall impression" - if you read the directives of the test movements, every single directive...
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    Are you showing at schooling shows? If so, take...

    Are you showing at schooling shows? If so, take it all with a grain of salt. A judge at a schooling show may be (a) a licensed USEF judge, (b) an L graduate, (c) someone who may or may not have any...
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    If you like the filly and the price is good, buy...

    If you like the filly and the price is good, buy her, give her another year to grow up, then start her lightly. There is plenty you can do until then to build a bond with her.
  4. In my broad experience (and as an L Grad), I...

    In my broad experience (and as an L Grad), I would say some L grads are tougher, some are very generous, some S judges are tougher, some are more generous. Some L grads have a great eye and a...
  5. As someone who has sold a few horses, I look at...

    As someone who has sold a few horses, I look at it less suspiciously then some of you :cool: I can't tell you how many people have come out representing themselves as Intermediate or Very...
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    I figure for $12/year (which is generally what...

    I figure for $12/year (which is generally what I've paid for it), if I get one or two GOOD articles a year, it is well worth the price. I often just skim it, but every once in a while, they have a...
  7. I was at that symposium - it was really...

    I was at that symposium - it was really interesting. Especially since Judy is from the UK, so her take on some of the movements was very insightful (and sometimes entertaining).

    I agree with ACME...
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    And I'd just add this clarification -if she is...

    And I'd just add this clarification -if she is LEASING the horse, and the horse lives at her barn, but the BO pays all expenses, it is OK.

    There have been so many instances of people "working...
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    I am not saying TBs don't have it, just noting...

    I am not saying TBs don't have it, just noting (in response to a prior comment by LadyJ that said it is extremely rare in WBs) that Warmbloods DO have it, and it isn't limited to TBs and Pasos (well,...
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    Just to clarify - it isn't just being paid. Any...

    Just to clarify - it isn't just being paid. Any form of remuneration - including free or discounted product - makes you a Pro. A person can promote THEIR OWN business, but the minute they promote...
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    Yep, if you ride, coach, etc - anything that...

    Yep, if you ride, coach, etc - anything that looks and smells like training, and you are paid in any way (doesn't have to be money), then you are NOT an Ammie. I wrote up an article on this for my...
  12. I get it - I'm in California, and the judging...

    I get it - I'm in California, and the judging tends to be tough here at the rated shows, and I see some of the same videos, and have the same thought... But a few things to remember - video never...
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    I also have to question LadyJ's comment -I've...

    I also have to question LadyJ's comment -I've seen it (and know of people who have dealt with it) in several Warmbloods. I've also seen it in a couple of Arabians. I've never seen it in a Tbred (and...
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    Which is ironic, since this was a very lofty,...

    Which is ironic, since this was a very lofty, uphill horse with a fabulous canter. My dressage test was passed around as a joke during the rest of the show - thundering became code word for anything...
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    I have to say, when I run into breed bias today...

    I have to say, when I run into breed bias today (and it isn't often, but it does happen), it is most often with an "old timer"... I hadn't really thought of it, but now that you mention it... I...
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    I started riding dressage in the mid 80s in...

    I started riding dressage in the mid 80s in California. We had a big, active GMO (California Dressage Society), and many of our shows were recognized by CDS - there were fewer USDF/AHSA (the...
  17. I have had the occasional slightly late trainer,...

    I have had the occasional slightly late trainer, but never a total no-show! Not without some warning ahead of time. That is either (a) really unprofessional, or (b) really scary (aka something...
  18. BTV does get scored down. But - if everything...

    BTV does get scored down. But - if everything else is good, then BTV drops the score a few points - it doesn't automatically make the movement a 1 or 2. I've heard judges give the comment many...
  19. Have you seen riders from other countries? ...

    Have you seen riders from other countries? Normal, everyday riders? Not the top, international riders, but just the every day, showing L (or even M) levels? It isn't much different then what you...
  20. Yeah actually, when I think of 20 years ago, I...

    Yeah actually, when I think of 20 years ago, I think the scoring was more generous then! The quality of horses and riding was NOWHERE near as good. I was getting mid and high 60s on horses that...
  21. Yeah actually, when I think of 20 years ago, I...

    Yeah actually, when I think of 20 years ago, I think the scoring was more generous then! The quality of horses and riding was NOWHERE near as good. I was getting mid and high 60s on horses that...
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    I just have to say - the "double reinback" is...

    I just have to say - the "double reinback" is VERY difficult- I was a bit surprised to see it in 4th level with this last round of dressage tests. It use to be in GP, and was a difficult move then,...
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    I hope your friend asked the trainer to elaborate...

    I hope your friend asked the trainer to elaborate - what exactly does the trainer want her to change? I don't find this comment helpful at all! I would guess your friend's hands are too "busy",...
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    I would add, I use my legs further back for the...

    I would add, I use my legs further back for the reinback (along with the slight lightening of the seat) - and when my legs come forward to the girth, along with a bit of forward from the hand, it is...
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    I agree Silverbridge - I see quite a few horses...

    I agree Silverbridge - I see quite a few horses who just don't have great mediums, but have the balance and ability for the rest of a 2nd (or 3rd) Level test. Some horses just don't have the reach...
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