I attended the Western Dressage Judges seminar…and I don’t intend to become a judge.
Why did I go?
I went because I had one question: What are the judges looking for in western dressage?
I had done some online research. I had shown at a few shows. But I wanted to know first hand what the judges were looking for.
It may seem a little extreme to some but I plan on showing a lot this year and I knew that a true understanding of what the judges were trained to look at would be extremely helpful when I was showing. PLUS I get to share what I learned with you! I call that a win-win-win.
In this video, I recap my three days at the seminar…with a three-minute timer running.
This is the second video in my YouTube series: The Trail to the World Show, where I am documenting my journey with Willow and Gabby. My goal is to show at the Western Dressage World show in October and learn a lot of thing along the way.
Thanks for joining me. Let’s learn!
A written recap of what’s in the video.
- the importance of knowing the rules so you are not penalized
- terms, words and phrasing
- understanding the number system for movements
- true gaits: walk, jog, lope
- paces inside gait: free, working, lengthened, collected (free jog, working jog, etc)
- understanding tempo
- understanding impulsion
- LEARN WHAT IS WRITTEN ON THE TESTS
- movements are judged beginning, middle and end
- comments are to help the rider improve
- know more to do better judging
- look up the rules for wherever you show
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