Welcome to a New Year
Dear Golden State Membership,
2021 is here and we can hardly wait for all the good stuff we are expecting in the coming months. There are a number of shows set to go and several still being confirmed. Stay in the know with this newsletter, our web site, and our Facebook page.
In this edition you will find what may be new information about the Limited Division. As awareness of this division’s intent grows, we expect that the numbers in the division will grow as well! Very exciting.
DQ’s and OP’s are marks none of us want to see on the judge’s scorecard! But it’s good to know how they get there. In this edition of the newsletter it’s explained. Also explained, by our own Sarah Clifford, is the difference between the penalty box and the content box on the judging sheet.
Have you ever wondered who is the liaison between the competitor, the judges, show management, and Golden State? Be sure to read about the “Show Reps.” What’s their job and how does it help you to know about them?
And finally, will the Quote of the Month spur us on to greater results?
Reading Score Sheets
OP’s and DQ’s: What’s the Difference?
We know for certain that we don’t want to see them on our row on the judge’s score sheet. Beyond that, do we really understand when and how they are applied? Read on!
- What is an “OP”?
“OP”refers to any major penalty (see score sheet for “OP”examples and penalties).
- What does an “OP” mean for your score?
It means that the horse/rider team may not score above any other team who has no “OP”, even if the team with the “OP” has a higher overall score.
- What does “DQ” mean?
“DQ” means disqualification and is a more serious penalty.
- What does a “DQ” mean for your score?
It means that the horse/rider team receives a -0- for that class. (See score sheet for “DQ” examples). While still eligible for the All-Around, a DQ makes it a lot harder!
While there may be more “OP’s” than any of us would want, “DQ’s” are rare. The score sheets for each class list major penalties and how they are scored. More information may be found in the WSVRHA Handbook, Section B. Judges Score Sheet, found at wsvrha.com, under Resources.
When reading the list of possible penalties it becomes apparent that the judge has a fair amount of discretion for some of the items. What does a competitor do who receives an “OP” or a “DQ” and wants an explanation from the judge? Contact the Show Representative who will act as a liaison between the competitor and the judge (or the management if applicable). As in most equestrian organizations, the competitor should not approach the judge on their own.
“The stars are always within reach but the better you prepare yourself the closer you will be.”