FEI young horse warm-up classes, final classes, or FEI test of choice?
The names of a few classes stand out as a bit confusing. In one show, there are classes called FEI 5 or 6 yr old Warm Up. There is also FEI 5 or 6 yr old Final classes. Is there a difference, or is the Final for horses trying to meet the deadline for the Developing Horse Championships?
At another show, they offer no FEI young horse classes, but they offer FEI TOC instead.
The warm up is nothing more than a regular class but is restricted by age and ride a test only available for that class. You do a ride, get a score (judged in the manner of the YH testa), and hopefully a ribbon. Nothing more. Its not a qualifying or year end award test. Some people like that because a 5/6 year old doing 2nd/3rd level open classes is often competing and judged against older more seasoned horses. Young horse mistakes and bobbles are not so heavily punished in the YH tests if they are not caused by poor training.