After I track right at C, and circle at B, I am supposed to continue on to K where I then change rein and go back up the diagonal. I got to K and went forward. Crap. I forgot where I was. I stopped and waited for the whistle to blow. Before the judge rang me off course, I remembered where I was supposed to be. She didn't mark me off course, but she did have to lower my score to a 4.
The "change leads" comment that goes with the 4 for our canter to trot transition is a mystery to me. Does she mean he changed leads before he came to trot? I don't know. The 4 is weird because she then gives me a six for ... can you guess?
I am not 100% sure I am interpreting her comments correctly, but it looks like we scored a 7 FOR the shape & bend with the tempo improving. If this should be read a different way, please correct me. Of course with the 2-point deduction it was only a 5. My fault entirely.
This time I remembered that at the corner I needed to BEND to go up the diagonal to the opposite corner. The judge felt we were losing energy and gave us a 6. We get 7s there frequently so this isn't a great score for us. We can do better.
The next bit of the test could have been really good, but I made another error without knowing it. For our right lead canter at C we scored a 6, yah!, but our circle at B lacked correct bend and shape so we scored a 5. We can pick up the right lead canter, but we do need to improve the quality and shape; I know that. The five was a fair call. Even with a not-so-great canter, we had a decent canter to trot transition which earned us a 6. Again, yah!
And then, I don't know what the hell happened. Look at movement 16 for yourself and ask how this could happen.
I said, yes, I did. You didn't see me?
"No. Can you trot down the long side and do it again? I'll have to mark you off for being off course."
I knew there was no point in arguing so I just apologized, chuckled, and happily trot past B, made the turn at A, and came up the centerline for my halt. I made Speedy stand for a long time, and then I saluted for an equally long time. You can see from the judge's comment that she recognized that I took the second attempt very seriously; she gave us a 7.
I know there was a recent rule change about the halt needing to be clear and definite. If I didn't halt long enough the first time, it does seem to be my fault. For test 3, I made sure my halt was clear and obvious. For that halt the judge's remark was fairly good halt.
I was puzzled by the 4-point deduction so I did some research. Apparently the first off-course error is a 2-point deduction, the second earns a 4-point deduction, and a third off-course error earns an 8-point deduction. The fourth off-course error gets you a disqualification.
Overall? I think the judge was fair and honest. The errors I made were mine alone, and my head was definitely not in the game. I think I was riding test 3 in my head. I was really nervous about riding that test for the first time and wanted to do well. The lesson of course is to be in the moment.
The judge's collective marks were really consistent with what we normally get: the 7 for gaits is standard for us, sometime I do better on rider position, but overall, this is about where we're usually at.