Ask the Judge: tips for staying focussed, inappropriate comments and more

Do you think all of a horse's wins should be announced in a derby class before they perform? This is good for the audience and usually only happens at the finals. This does not influence me – but for some it might. What happens if you miss the horse jumping the first fence; for example, there is no announcement and you look up and they are going to the second jump? If I miss it, then I have to give it to them as a good jump as long as the rail is up. Then I just have to hope that they did not chip or swap off or spook at it! As a coach, rider, or spectator at the side of the ring, can you go into the ring to fix a jump or a fallen plant? The best approach is to call for the jump crew. If they…

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