Ask the Judge: bad rounds, petting mounts, red flags and more

A trainer approaches you and asks about the placing of one of his horses and also comments on other rounds in the class. How do you handle this? The rules require that there must be a steward present and only comments on the trainer’s horse would be provided. There are two oxers shown on the course chart and one is marked to jump. A competitor jumps the un-marked oxer. Are they off course? While it can so easily happen, the rider is unfortunately off course. The course designer needs to have the required jumps clearly marked, and could possibly have had an ‘X’ crossing off the jump that was not included. If a rider is having a really bad round, do you prefer that they leave the ring, or continue on? It is up to the rider. If possible, they should continue on and then sort out the issues outside…

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