This video pulls together clips of the F1 Five Gait Finals from the Nordic Championships for Icelandic horses. You get to see some world class examples of the gaits described in yesterday's post. This is also a great opportunity to test your eye to see if you see what the judges
are seeing for each horse-rider combination. The beginning of the video identifies each rider. You then see brief clips of each horse-rider showing the specified gait. The scores for all riders at that gait are shown. The end of the video shows slow motion video of selected gaits.
Of course we aren't seeing exactly what the judges are seeing so we may be missing a horse/rider breaking gait or some action that influenced the judges. However, this is a great exercise to try and determine why one rider scored a total of two points higher than another rider at a walk for instance.
Sanctioned Icelandic horse competitions are judged according to international standards set by FEIF (International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations). Criteria are spelled out in the FEIF Sports Judges Guidelines found at:
Here are the guidelines for judging fast tolt:
"9 to 10 (Ideal performance)
8 and 8.5
Correct beat, fast speed, medium action and length of stride, nice carriage. Good
6 and 6.5
correct beat, acceptable speed, medium action and strides, nice shape
generally correct beat, at least medium speed, medium action and strides, acceptable
Transition to average section
4 and 4.5
constant or frequently beat faults with acceptable speed
1 to 3.5
constant major beat problems (e.g. trotty, pacey, rolling)
Test not carried out.