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We are the San Juan Capistrano Chapter of the California Dressage Society. Located in sunny Southern California, our members ride, train, and reside in Orange County and its surrounding communities. Over the years our chapter has played host to two Olympic Selection Trials, numerous shows, educational clinics, and plenty of good old fashioned horse-related fun. Whether your goals are to show FEI or to simply enjoy your equine partner, we have lots of information to share and ways to get involved with your local dressage and equestrian communities.

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SJC scoring methods


Amelia Newcomb

Here is the article I wrote on Judging:
As a dressage rider, understanding the judges’ perspective and how they come up with the scores is very important. It can be very discouraging when you feel that you have been unfairly scored on a ride. I think we've all had what we though was a good ride, until we heard the score and were instantly crushed!


Here are a few tips to understand the judges perspective:


1. Judges are scoring to a standard


Judges are professionals that have been taught to score based on a set standard. This means that the judge does NOT change their standard if you're an amateur, or you’re riding a quarter horse with tiny gaits, or if your horse is having a bad day. It's not personal, it's just a standard.



2. The Judge wants to help you improve


The judge's comments will tell you what you need to do for a higher score.  The comments generally DO NOT tell you what you did well.  This is not because the judge is negative. The scribe can only write so many words so it is more productive for your learning if you are told what needs to improve.


3. The judge assumes you WANT to improve


Part of competing is putting yourself out there for criticism. This is hard and scary to do and you must be willing to accept and learn from your comments.


4. No one knows you horse better than you do


The judge sees only a snapshot of you and your horse.  They have no idea of your history or your horses'. Maybe you are coming back from a big setback. Maybe you are just working on staying relaxed. Maybe you got through the test without spooking! While it is important to learn from the judge and read the comments, if you know that you have made progress and achieved a "personal best" for what you and your horse are capable of, don't let a low score take away from your achievement!  


Look at it from the judges perspective....


Can you imagine sitting in that stand all day watching horse after horse and trying to objectively score each rider? Can you imagine how hard it would be to judge a friend or a horse that you know?


As hard as it is when you get a lower score than you think you deserve, try NOT to walk around all day and badmouth the judging. This really is not productive. Instead, read your comments, figure out what you have to improve, and don't loose sight of her far you've come with your horse to even be in the show arena! 
And the video on How NOT to canter:
Thank you for your time and for considering this content,
Amelia Newcomb
(720) 838 0990