This weekend offered the last part of the long L-Program with Valley Oaks Dressage Chapter.
The Evaluation part, separated into two weekends, is not open to auditors. Consider it a huge treat to be able to attend and listen in if not enrolled as a participant!
I scribed for Megan again, Saturday at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center, and Sunday at an indoor venue with video taped rides due to rain.
The indoor session was just as helpful. “S” judge Marilyn Heath worked closely with the team of prospective new judges, evaluating their scores, commenting herself on the rides, and was able to rewind and replay movements to help explain.
Other than again emphasizing knowing the difference of Training Level acceptance of the bit, and the increased acceptance of the bit at First Level, here are some snippets passed on to the judging candidates;
Concentrate on the things you can see, not the things you can’t.
Lengthenings as judged from the side can be seen better, but not the angle of shoulder in, adjust comments accordingly.
Address comments in the way that they are the most helpful to the rider.
It made me go home and read over past test comments all over again. Reviewing the message from the judge.
Because surely we can all need a little improvement…
Looking forward to helping out again during the final examination in April! Marilyn Heath herself does a great job explaining the benefits of taking part of the L-Program in this article from Dressage Today.