Audrey Roberts & Capetown (aka Dez, pictured above)

Correct:

– Generous release
– Nice upper body and focused on where you are going
– Great flat back and eye is level

Needs Improvement:

– Perhaps a shorter rein to avoid the loop
– The parallel foot could be fixed by letting the stirrup come forward and putting your weight on your heel
– Stay a little closer to your saddle for the height of the jump

Overall: B-

You so look the part and doing these minor fixes will make it a photo finish!

 

Audra Ahl & Gunnar

Correct:

– I like your release for the oxer
– Following nicely and in the middle of your horse
– Leg appears to be supportive

Needs Improvement:

– A little more weight in your heel would relax the knee and place the leg more effectively
– You could also square up your contact by bringing your left hand back and up to the side

Overall: B

You appear to be a determined, disciplined rider with an overall positive look.

 

Lauren Ashley White & Forest

Correct:

– A long good release
– Nicely in the centre of your horse
– A nice upper body following over the jump

Needs Improvement:

– Release needs to be pushed into the neck and not floating above the crest
– Cannot see the lower leg but feel that it is too far back
– You seem too high out of the saddle for the low jump

Overall: B-

You have a beautiful horse with a good jump; enjoy the ride, as you have a lot of potential!

 

Lin Haag & Mystical

Correct:

– You have an excellent release, no interference with your mount’s mouth
– Lower leg is good and where it should be right underneath for solid support

Needs Improvement:

– You need to close the upper body and move closer to your mount, as it has given you a roach to your back
– By coming down a little it will bring you closer to the tack and drop your eye level

Overall: B

Keep on smiling, as you are totally enjoying the ride. You have a lot of positives!

 

Tiahana Bible

Correct:

– You have a very good release
– I like your upper body elevated just enough for the jump
– Very focused with the jump and what is ahead

Needs Improvement:

– Stirrups at least two holes longer will put your legs in a perfect position
– Knee relaxed and heel down will greatly strengthen your position and your ride

Overall: B-

You will so improve your position with this easy fix, as you have a great look! (Note: Please take cups off the standards above the rail, as it could be hazardous.)

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Randy Roy is a senior international judge and course designer. He owns and operates Hunters Glen show stable in King, ON. Send your photos for critique to [email protected]