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Ask the Judge: pony classes, trends, model classes and more

When judging children on ponies, do you take suitability into account? In the US, suitability is a requirement and since I have judged for so many years in the States I naturally consider suitability when judging Canadian shows as well - although it is not a requirement in Canada. When a rider is too large for a pony, it doesn't look appropriate and it will be reflected in my placement. When a rider is too small for a pony, it seems to be less serious, but it still doesn't look correct and there could also be a safety issue to consider here as well. Do you notice any trends over your years of judging that you would like to comment on? Yes, and lets call them 'trends that need to go!' First, what is with this new release where the hands are buried on the neck, elbows sticking straight out,…

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