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Ask the Judge: wearing sunglasses, horseplay, going off course and more

At the end of a course, a rider simply pulls up and and walks out of the ring, instead of doing a lead change and completing a final circle. How hard are you on that? In my books, that constitutes cheating by not finishing the components of the course properly, so I will be hard on that in my scoring. The rider needs to get the lead change, circle nicely with a progression back down to the walk, and then exit the ring. How do you feel about a rider wearing sunglasses in a hunter class? It doesn't bother me at all, as I am judging the horse, not the rider. If you feel you need them that is up to you; I will not in any way count it against your performance. How serious is it when a horse begins to play after the jump? A judge needs to…

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