Our very own Denny on Victor Dakin so artfully accumulated 102 points. I had heard this story from the "horse's mouth" so to speak once upon a time. Phyllis Dawson, at a horse trial also in '76, FINISHED on a score of 388.6. 71 dressage, 180 XC penalties (fall of horse, fall of rider, and stops I assume), 96 time, 30 stadium.
"Gallop as if you were to die tomorrow, jump as if you were to live forever."
Ok, I know there's a lot of strange stuff that goes on (and has gone on for centuries) in the horse world, but what the heck does someone do to a horse that makes them horrified of the dressage arena? And that was before the day of the Dressage Queen (they make me horrified of the dressage arena).
Last edited by BaroquePony; Mar. 28, 2009 at 06:58 PM.
I think you can do lots of things to very young horses which can injure them emotionally for the rest of their lives. Like breaking them at 3 with a full bridle, which Victor still remembered when I got him at 10.
Not saying those aren't bad dressage scores, but keep in mind that the scoring formula for dressage was different back then.
Can't remember exactly, but you added up points, subtracted from the total possible and multiplied by .4 or .6 or something. So the points you carried into the other phases were higher than today.
Maybe someone with pipe in with the correct formula.
It varied at the event to some degree, but it was good points substracted from points possible and that multiplied by the coefficint of .6 most usually, but could be a different coefficient. At the lower levels regular dressage tests were used, TL for Novice, 1st 1 or 2 for T, and 1st 3 or 4 for Prelim. That's all I remember for sure, but I believe the I and Advanced tests have always had their own tests, at least at the 3 day level. Anyone else remember for sure?