I've forgotten most of that.
However, I have not forgotten how to score a reining class. That is the judging system that resonated most deeply with me, and is the foundation on which I have built my own model horse performance scoring system.
|photo by Corina Roberts|
Since time is always an issue and most of the scoring happens in my head, I've simplified this a bit. Every entry starts with a zero. I then add or subtract whole number values ranging from minus three (major error) to plus three (holy crap, this is amazing!). Instead of looking like this...
my judge's notes tend to look like this.
I like this system because it doesn't just penalize mistakes. It also rewards excellence. That's important to me. While I'm not willing to overlook major functional errors, I also know that mistakes are only part of the equation. Clean and correct is the starting point. Clean and correct is a zero. There's a level or two beyond that, and my judging system helps me separate the good from the amazing. Please, please show me your plus threes.