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Michael Pollard got a 17.60

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  • Michael Pollard got a 17.60

    in the dressage in Open Intermediate at the Ocala Horse Trials. What is that? something like 90% perhaps?
    That must have been quite the test.

  • #2
    WHOA That's impressive.

    Must. Find. Video.


    • #3
      That's equivalent to an 82.4% - very impressive. I too would love to see video of that!


      • #4
        Hmm....this seems to happen every spring. First few events, especially like a Pine Top or Ocala, where the Who's Who is competing, seem to have some seriously inflated scores. Then the judges all settle back into there usual dressage judge grumpiness, and the scores settle back down in the normal range.

        Not that Michael Pollard isn't capable of knocking the socks off of us (didn't see the test. Hope a video does come out!), but I've seen some of these tests in the teens, and, really, they weren't worthy of the scores.


        • #5
          After I saw the results of that division on Evententries.com, I came straight to this forum to see what other folks were thinking of this. I am inclined to think that YB may have nailed it. One rarely sees scores above Training below the mid 20s during what could be termed 'the regular season'.

          Is there an extent to which the winter eventing sessions are a kind of 'spring training', with a slightly more forgiving feel to them? Or is this what you get when you've been working the heck out of your dressage in the indoor since November, and it's the best your dressage will look all year, since one can't jump much in the winter?
          I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
          I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


          • #6
            I know that, even through the Southern Pines Advanced HT the end of March, many of the big names are entering their horses at a level below where they will be running come late spring/summer; a "get the rust off and get back in the groove" start to the season.

            While nothing should diminish the achievment of scoring in the 80's (teens), probably the reason we see such high scores this time of year is because the top horses are trained to a higher level than they are actually competing at right now.
            "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

            Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


            • #7
              Fair point. Love your signature, Lord Helpus.
              I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
              I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


              • #8
                Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                I know that, even through the Southern Pines Advanced HT the end of March, many of the big names are entering their horses at a level below where they will be running come late spring/summer; a "get the rust off and get back in the groove" start to the season.

                While nothing should diminish the achievment of scoring in the 80's (teens), probably the reason we see such high scores this time of year is because the top horses are trained to a higher level than they are actually competing at right now.
                He rode in the Intermediate Division...couldn't have been much of a step down.


                • #9
                  After a winter of working on dressage, I'm not surprised the highest scores are in the spring. Then, I would guess the focus shifts to preparing for the next event, then the event after that,etc.


                  • #10
                    It looks like all that hard work is paying off. Congratulations, Michael!

                    Seriously, I don't get some of the responses here. We question the judge, we question the level, we question the time of year. What about all the years Michael has put into upping the standard of his riding? What about all the work with Bettina Hoy? What about the careful preparation of his horses?

                    I would think that a score like that shows that he's doing something right.


                    • #11
                      I bet he deserved every point. : )
                      Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                      • #12
                        Well, I went to the Poplar Place event last spring, and while I didn't see Mr. Pollard's dressage, I did see his x-c and stadium. At Advanced (and Prelim, I think), his ride(s) looked like a hunter rounds/high-level eq rounds (but with automatic, not crest, release). He has a beautiful leg and soft hands. I would have to think that that sort of ability in the other phases probably translates to a pretty d**n good dressage test, too.


                        • #13
                          I believe this horse won the Jersey Fresh CCI*** with Andrea Leatherman. With Michael on board, I think that score at intermediate is likely to simply be because it was a very good test. Congratulations to Michael and Mensa! It will be fun to see them in the future if Michael continues competing him!


                          • #14
                            Here's the test, courtesy of thehorsepesterer: http://youtu.be/vG-cS2jXm9g


                            • #15
                              Mensa has always had impressive scores in dressage, and can be much attributed to the person who trained him - Andrea Leatherman. He was quite the amazing horse to watch come along Not to take away from a score in the teens, that's hands down amazing!


                              • #16
                                Well done!
                                "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                                • #17
                                  My question doesn't have to do with a lack of confidence in the ability of the horse or rider. I'm not an expert. But you all have to admit that statistically, it's a bit of an outlier. That's all.
                                  I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                                  I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                                  • #18
                                    Ridiculous. I wouldn't have scored him any better than a 21.
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                                      • #20
                                        It was a lovely accurate test. Thanks for the link!