I got to scribe for Axel Steiner at the BLM Championships/Garden State Classic today. The day was jam packed with all levels of classes from Training to PSG. It was a very windy and cold day and many of the horses were a bit on the naughty side.
The one theme that replayed over and over was that people were riding at a level higher than they should have been. Maybe it was just the weather or they were having a bad day, but few riders could meet the requirements of the level they were showing. For example, in third level when changes are introduced there were horses who couldn’t do a clean change.
Overall, I found Axel to be extremely fair. He was professional and gave 100% for each ride, even if the ride started out not-so-hot and when the day got long. He did seem to get frustrated that the rides were not better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch a lot because he gave a lot of comments – when the rides are good I can watch more. But it helps to watch bad rides too – you see what not to do and hear tips to make it better.
I just wish I had more time to talk to him about the tests that he helped write. For example, I really wish the canter depart in TL Test 2 was going into the short side instead of coming out. Oh well. Next time.