Do you get similar comments on your test sheets?
Do you wonder how to get an 8, maybe a 9, or that rare thing, a 10?
D you ever wonder what it is the judge is looking for?
I have been judging for many years as an unaffiliated judge, and 3 years ago I became a List 5 BD judge, this means I can judge up to Novice BD classes and up to Novice BE. I am training to gain List 4 which will allow me to judge up to Elementary.
I am also a coach, and I really enjoy helping my clients move up through the levels.
Recently it has become clear to me that many competitors are losing marks for similar errors when they present a test. Some of these errors require consistent training to correct, but some are misunderstandings on the part of the rider that are easily corrected, but need to be pointed out.
A common area for misunderstanding is the geometry of the arena and how the required shaped fit into it, whether a 40 x 20 or 60 x 20. Many riders are wary of riding a test in the long arena, and this is often due to a lack of understanding of where a 20m circle should go. If you are one of these riders, please know you are not alone. Not all riders have access to a long arena to practice in, so it is important to understand the positioning of circles and shapes before you compete in one.
Geometry is just one area of test riding that often needs polishing, and it is one of the topics addressed in my 6 session package in which I hope to increase your understanding of what it is the judge is looking for, and how to avoid throwing away marks with small, easily corrected errors.
I aim to keep group numbers small so you are able to ask questions as we go.
I have really enjoyed putting this series together, and am looking forward to sharing it with you.
Timing of the next 6 week series is yet to be decided
Each talk will be on Zoom, and will be recorded, so if you miss it live you will be able to listen back.
The talks will last an hour, with time for questions afterwards, the session finishing by 9pm