Marije Francis wins difficult judging competition part 3

Over 30 people have participated in the third judging competition. This time there were four 3-year-old mares, all with a 2nd premium. This round nobody in the online inspection ring who had the same assessment as the Jury. Marije Francis was most close with the same line-up as the Jury and had given the best explanation. The participants whose explanations are closest to the Jury’s will get the highest place on the leader board (ranging from 1 – 10). The other correct entrants also receive 10 points. At the end of the summer we will calculate which of the correct entrants has the lowest total score and that person will be proclaimed Overall Winner.

The winners of this 3rd online judging competition are:
1 Marije Francis
2 Claudia van Alphen
3 Janina Gerdt
4 Wiesje van der Woude
5 Nadeen Davis
6 Grietje Ensing
7 Antonia Derksen
8 Marissa Visser
9 Marrit de Vries
10 H. van Dijk
10 Clare Roberts

For this competition the on-duty Inspection members were Louise Hompe and Piet Bergsma. The line-up is as follows:

Line-up: Horse C, Horse D, Horse A and Horse B.

Explanation of the Jury:
We have assessed and lined up four 3-year-old Foal Book mares on the basis of video footage. Please note: This set-up makes it difficult to assess the quality of the legwork so the line-up can deviate from the line-up (and premiums) that would be made on the basis of a live inspection. Please keep in mind that the elements of movement count double in relation to the elements of exterior.

1. Horse C: Fenna Ster (Tsjalle 454 x Abe 346).
A longlined mare with a small head, long neck and light head-neck connection and abundant feathers. The connection of the topline is satisfactory and drops a little behind the withers, the croup is slightly sloping and conformation of the mare is a fraction downhill. The legwork is a bit toeing-in and she has good stance of the hind legs. The walk is active with more than satisfactory tact, the hind leg should step a bit more forward. The trot is powerful with a good foreleg and well-engaged hind legs, the hind leg shows good bend and the horse moves with elevation in trot.

2. Horse D: Flantje qantje p Ster (Hessel 480 x Onne 376).
A youngish horse with a somewhat heavy forehand and the neck rises a little deep from the chest. It is a longlined horse with a strong topline and a long croup with good conformation. The foreleg is slightly back-in-the-knee and the hind leg is a little sickle-hocked. The walk is roomy and powerful with an active hindleg that shows lots of tact. The trot is also roomy with good placing of the hind leg but needs more elevation with slightly better use of the back. In terms of breeding type and trot Horse C has more quality and therefore comes in first place.

3. Horse A: Femke R. van Dedgum Ster (Tsjalle 454 x Olof 315).
This horse has a noble head with satisfactorily light head-neck connection, the neck would benefit from a bit more length. The topline is satisfactorily connected in the back but the connection loins – croup should be stronger. The croup is slightly sloping. The horse is a fraction standing under. The legwork has good quality, stance of the forelegs is a little toeing-out and hind leg conformation is good. The walk displays tact and is powerful but the hind leg should be a bit stronger engaged. The trot is powerful and uphill with a swift and active hind leg. For the overall picture the horse needs a bit more suppleness. Horse D has a better topline and a better-quality walk.

4. Horse B. Fieke van de Lage Landen Ster (Gerben 479 x Onne 376).
The poll is a little short and the neck should have more length. The horse has abundant feathers. The topline is a bit lengthy and the back is a little weak, the croup is long and has good stance. The foreleg needs a bit more length. The legwork is a bit toeing-in and stance of the hind legs is a fraction narrow. The walk is roomy with satisfactory tact, the foreleg should be placed forward with a little more alacrity. The trot shows tact, the hind leg should step more forward under the body and the foreleg should demonstrate more shoulder freedom. The horse should also show more elevation in the front. Breeding type and trot of Horse A have more quality.