Why are our tests assessed and not judged?
Although the original definition of judging was purely to form an opinion or conclusion, judging someone now has negative connotations that don’t sit comfortably with the Concordia ethos. So we have chosen to assess our contestants, with our assessors offering an evaluation of the test using the criteria that are set out for each level of competition.
The assessor’s job is to mark and appraise the training and partnership of each combination as they see it on the day, by awarding marks for the performance of the individual movements of the test together with the overall impression.
The overall impression is assigned over 50% of the marks, and reflects the training of the horse and the rapport between horse and rider.
Prizes are given to those with the highest marks, but more importantly, this should be a guide to the rider of where they are on their journey with their horse at that time.
Assessors should be skilled to recognise a horse that is or is not in self-maintenance of straightness, energy and carriage.
In Concordia competitions the paces are not assessed on their extravagance, but on rhythm, correct footfalls, and the suppleness and willingness of the horse to work freely forward.