I went to a clinic Saturday to learn more about the “Rider Tests” that are available this coming year.
The most important thing I took away is that individual movements are not scored. It’s all collective marks. Instead of the normal 3 collective marks on the back, there will be five, and that’s all the judge gets… Those 5 boxes on the back of the test to score the entire test. It might make for some interesting scoring in the next year.
The emphasis on these tests is the rider and how well the rider influences the horse. So, for instance, if your horse trips and loses his balance, but you ride with such skill that it allows the horse to quickly regain his balance, then you get points, instead of points off for loss of balance.
The transitions are placed where the judge will have a clear view of what the rider is doing. So no more hiding while I’m furiously kicking my pony into a canter.
I also got to watch a video of all three tests being ridden. Those tests look Fun!! I can’t wait to try them.
Oh, also…The rules for the new Rider Tests are in flux, so check the USEF rules frequently.
And remember to check out the new “changing your diagonal” rules while on the USEF site.