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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.

Guidelines: Rider Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 4 A.

EQ108 2.

Special Considerations While Judging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 5 3.

Guidelines For Judging On-The-Flat Equitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 6 A.

Miscellaneous advice B.

Tests 1-19 C.

Guidelines for Tests 1 through 19 4.

Guidelines For Over-Fences Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 9 5.

Guidelines For Special Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 11 A.

USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class B.

USEF Pony Medal Class C.

USEF Adult Equitation Class D.

ASPCA Horsemanship Class E.

USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Class F.

Washington International Horse Show Equitation 6.

Glossary of Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 14 7.

Judges Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 15 8.

Table of Common Faults. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 17 9.

Judging Procedures, Responsibilities And Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pg. 19 Updated 11/18/09 © All Right Reserved.

United States Equestrian Federation ® Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. 3 GUIDELINES FOR RIDER POSITION Any comprehensive work on our sport has to begin with the rider’s position.

A study of our discipline is somewhat difficult because there is no one work that pulls together the evolution of the accepted style of riding in the U.S.A.

Today.

Our roots go back to the beginning of riding history; today’s seat and style is a composite that best suits modern needs in the show ring.

The definition of equitation is “that position which allows the rider to perform a function with the least amount of energy.” Statement from the 2009 USEF rulebook: EQ108 Position. 1.

General.

Rider should have a workmanlike appearance, seat and hands light and supple, conveying the impression of complete control should any emergency arise.

Exhibitors may ride side saddle in Adult Equitation classes but not in classes restricted to Juniors. 2.

Hands.

Hands should be over and in front of horse’s withers, knuckles thirty degrees inside the vertical, hands slightly apart and making a straight line from horse’s mouth to rider’s elbow.

Bight of reins may fall on either side.

However, all reins must be picked up at the same time.

When using two reins, the snaffle rein should be on the outside while the curb rein is on the inside. 3.

Basic Position.

The eyes should be up and shoulders back.

Toes should be at an angle best suited to rider’s conformation: ankles flexed in, heels down, calf of leg in contact with horse and slightly behind girth.

Iron should be on the ball of the foot and must not be tied to the girth. 4.

Position in Motion.

At the walk, sitting trot and canter, body should be a couple of degrees in front of the vertical; posting trot, inclined forward; galloping and jumping, same inclination as the posting trot. 5.

Mounting and Dismounting.

To mount, take up reins in left hand and place hand on withers.

Grasp stirrup leather with right hand and insert left foot in stirrup, toe in girth and mount.

To dismount, rider may either step down or slide down.

The size of rider must be taken into consideration. 4 © All Right Reserved.

United States Equestrian Federation ® Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Updated 11/18/09 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHILE JUDGING The drawing from the USEF rulebook represents an ideal rider’s position.

However, there are certain pitfalls in judging that you should strive to avoid. 1.

A rider should not look too stiff. 2.

When evaluating a rider’s skill a judge must make an effort not to be overly influenced by the body shape or attractiveness of the contestant.

Some riders have a build that is more appealing on a horse.

A lovely overall appearance cannot and should not be discounted but a judge should also emphasize technical ability. 3.

Try to keep your attention on the overall picture of each rider.

Guard against putting too much emphasis on any one detail.

Do not waste time on personal dislikes you may have. 4.

When evaluating a group remember that your task is to compare one rider to another, not each rider to some special ideal.

What you want to determine is which rider comes closest to an ideal in comparison to the other contestants in the class.

Do not take each rider apart, criticizing them individually.

Your job is to separate the winners.

It is not expected of a judge to recall each rider in a flat equitation class. 5.

In the lower level of the equitation division (such as Maiden, Novice, Limit) you should emphasize form in your decision. 6.

Remember that the judge has two options in how riders are called aside before you ask for a work-off.

You can either call all the riders into the middle of the ring before the work-off is announced or you can line the riders up elsewhere in the ring.

This allows the judge to keep an eye on each rider in the work-off without the line obstructing his view.

Either require all riders to remain in the ring until the work-off is complete or organize the start/finish of the test so that the last rider is not left alone in the ring. 7.

Remember if you are going to request riders to drop their stirrups you must allow enough time for them to cross their stirrups. Updated 11/18/09 © All Right Reserved.

United States Equestrian Federation ® Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. 5 JUDGING ON-THE-FLAT EQUITATION – MISCELLANEOUS ADVICE

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