|My son pointing out that Dressage is, in fact, #1!|
I saw the "other" rides, too. I know the controversy surrounding them. And I will say that I did not like those rides, either. But, I understand why they were scored the way they were. The judges cannot just look at the horse's head and neck. The judges cannot just look at the rider. The judges must take the whole picture into account. Those horses performed excellent tests, in spite of their riders, and those horses deserved the scores they earned. It's important to remember that there are two competitors in the dressage arena, and sometimes one of the competitors is carrying the other.
I'm really looking forward to the Grand Prix Special. I think many of the competitors in the first round were dealing with some "New Venue, Holy %^&*$&! We're At The Olympics!, Is That An Actual Cheering Crowd At A Dressage Event?!" jitters and will settle down and put in some really good tests in the second round.