Ask the Judge: medal class ride-offs, Classics, pet peeves andmore

A horse and rider is eliminated in the first round of a Classic. Can they come back for the second round, or can they go hors concours? No and no. You are not eligible for the second round when you don’t receive a score for the first round. Hors concours entries are not permitted in hunter or equitation classes. When you call the riders back to ride-off in a medal class, is it important where you line them up? It is very important where you ask them to line up. You need to make sure they are not standing in the way of any jumps, that they are in a relatively quiet area of the ring so the riders can hear the test announced and the horses aren’t upset while waiting their turn. They also need to have enough room to spread out and turn around when they are asked…

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