Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 32


Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 32

People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write.

Many of our readers shared comments that HAVE actually made it onto dressage tests. There have been so many colourful dressage judge comments, we have enough gems for a series.

The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments certainly were not sugar coating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real-life comments. Despite what a  judge writes on your test, this phase of Eventing remains interesting when the unexpected happens. Thank you to all the good sports who are sharing some of their most humiliating dressage moments with a sense of humour.


Dressage judge comments scribes were allowed to write: 


“Geometrically Challenged.”

– Michelle Slaughter/strong>


“Where’s the fire?”

My very first dressage test on a lovely tb/appy cross who was happy to be back out Eventing. – Sandy Boling


“Bucking-quietly corrected.”

my first dressage test on my GRP. – Marsha E. Cashwell


“Changes established – Horse just can’t count”

I was having a go at riding my eventer in a PSG test. My aim was to stay on my horse and stay in the arena. We did do a number of extra moves during the test but we survived….just. – Jenny


“Horse needs to become more supple and move freely over the back – This will improve with age.”

I was riding my 26 year old angle Arab at the time. – Jodie



“Tactfully ridden.”

Once my event horse did an impressive rear at the halt at X, then proceeded to be a waiting time bomb, until the canter circle when he went all soft, surprising me so much that I complete forgot the test, the judge had to give me the next move. – Janice


“Sashayed into halt.”

– Michelle Slaughter


“Canters like an emu.”

– Katie


“Very on the forehand”

I had this comment in a Prelim test during the canter work, which I thought was rather diplomatic as horse was bucking like a demon, even more than usual… Needless to say, we don’t do dressage anymore, it was getting a bit much. – Joy Nicholls


“Don’t write that down.”

– Linda Harold


“That was…well, if there were piaffe in the Junior Test, you’d win.”

My first real dressage horse was an older schoolmaster gelding, who never really grew up past five and thought he was a stud. When he grew bored of the 4th level work he’d pull out his party trick, which was to scream like he was being chased by rabid dogs and piaffe through the walk pirouettes. This comment was after particularly spectacular demonstration of this. – Nicole DelGiorno

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