Nr 5 - Junior Equitation

Junior Equitation in de HJEH Online Horse Show.

Gejureerd door Missy Roades.

Missy Roades
Missy Roades: USHJA ‘R’ gecertificeerde jury , trainer en coach in Hunters en Equitation, 53 jaar oud en woonachtig in Ravenel South Carolina.

1st place: Photo A is our winner today. 
I like this photo very much. This rider has very correct lines in all of her angles. She could put a bit more weight in her heels and then her seat wouldn’t be quite so far out of the saddle. I love how she is looking up and ahead for a turn, yet not twisting which is much better for the pony’s balance on the landing. Cute pony that looks very happy to be doing this job.

2nd place: Photo D is our second place today. 
This rider has beautifully correct angles with just a couple of little details that keep it from being perfect. Her strip is not quite angled perpendicular to the girth. It is a minor detail but it is also the foundation of a good position for jumping bigger jumps. Also, she needs to put her thumb on top of the reins, so the bight comes out of her hands facing forward and not back towards the saddle. Again a minor detail but it would secure her grip on the reins which allows for a following hand. Absolutely beautiful horse happy to be jumping

3rd place: Photo B is our third place today. 
Here we have a rider that is attempting to jump for her horse, instead of letting the horse jump up to her. Jumping ahead of the motion upsets the balance of the horse in the air over the jump and on landing. This rider needs to let her weight drop in to her ankle so that her heels are lower than her toe and then  her hip angle can softly follow the arc of the horses jump. Both of those things would allow her to follow with her hands a bit more as her release is a bit short for the size of this jump. Overall a very nice jumping horse with a great expression!

4th place: Photo C is our fourth place in this group. 
While this young rider has the beginnings of a great foundation for equitation, in this photo he has been caught behind the motion. His heels are down but you can see that he is actually already starting to fall back a bit as the pony is in mid jump. This means he is restricting the pony with his hands instead of being able to give a nice crest release. Some no stirrups work would tighten his leg and help his ability to improve his timing at the jumps. This is a good jumping pony that would benefit from a longer release and a tighter rider.