My complaints are about the same for ride number 2: rein too long, chair seat (again, where did that come from?), and right hand way up in the air (about time for the leveling crop exercise).
There were some good things: our geometry was pretty good. Out halt was pretty square. While the canter left a lot to be improved, we scored fives, there was no kicking out at my leg or bucking. I was pleased with that part.
The judge's score sheet looks as though it belongs to another rider. We scored an eight as we tracked right at C. The judge also commented that we were balanced. Woot woot for us. We also scored an 8 on Collective Marks for Geometry and Accuracy. More woot woots. And of course, the judge's final comments were this, Horse and rider overall demonstrating proper preparation in training scale. Wow, that sounds pretty darn good! In fact, the best comment I've received yet. But need to develop more consistency in maintaining soft contact and swinging back. Yep. That sounds right.
And again, [cue the cheese platter here] it just doesn't look that good on film, to me. It sounds great, but I just can't see it. All I see is Speedy fussing on my long trot to G as I prepare for the final halt. Here's the video with the judge's score sheet after. Watch and judge for yourself.
Oops, I forgot to mention that we did score 65.5% which was first out of five rides although the other four were juniors (said a bit sheepishly). On a brighter note, to qualify for the 2012 Regional Adult Amateur Championship at Introductory Level, I need two scores of 65% - one down, one to go.