Are neat, perfectly spherical plaits – that’s braids, for you yanks among us – something you’ve always dreamt of but never quite managed to nail down? If so, then you’re in luck, because Piggy March‘s travelling groom Amy Phillips is showing us exactly how she gets her horses ready to go out and win, you know, everything. If you’re a plaiting pro but have only ever banded, give this a watch, too – Amy provides an easy primer to using a needle and thread super-neat, ultra-secure ball plaits. Consider this the ideal out-of-the-saddle afternoon activity – and no, it’s absolutely not too lavish to come out at a one-day with Badminton-worthy sewn plaits when all this is behind us. #WhatWouldPiggyDo?
The participant is allowed to submit a video of a maximum of 60 seconds. In this video, the participant can show at whatever level they’re comfortable with. Any type of fence and height is acceptable. Participants can send a video of a full course, combinations, grids, or even single fences.
The participant is assessed on:
- Riding of the lines towards and after the obstacle(s)
- Control of the tempo and impulsion
- The straightness and relaxation of the pony/horse
- The posture and seat of the rider