Our mare Álfhildur frá Syðri Gegnishólum received 8,68 for ridden abilities at Landsmót a few weeks ago, followed by that a discussion started about whether or not this was a record for a four gated horse. Shorty after, it turned out that some of our most famous 4-gaters were quite higher. Then I started thinking that it would be fun to look at their judgements to see where they were so extremely high, 4-gaters with 8,70-80 for ridden abilities. When I started looking I didn't really think that they were higher although the total score for talent said so. After thinking about it for a while I found out that it was of course the value change, that we think happened in 2010. That effects alot the judgements of 4 gated horses, eg. pace was of less value before than it is now.
These were the values before 2010 These are the values now(2010-present)
Tölt 15% Tölt 15%
Trot 7,5% Trot 7,5%
Pace 9% Pace 10%
Gallop 4,5% Gallop 4,5%
Willingness 12,5% Willingness 9%
Form under rider 10% Form under rider 10%
Walk 1,5% Walk 4%
For fun I decided to recalculate the judgments of some known horses and compare them equally, so everyone has the old value and the one that is in use now.
The horses below are chosen by me, the ones I remember to have a good judgment, all 4-gated. I have probably forgotten some good horses that could have been on this list but this is only done to see how big the effects of the value changes are, whether is for the better or worse. I have no special opinion in what value to use but I still think the right thing to do when talking about a record in ridden abilities is to compare judgments that have the same values.
Eldjárn frá Tjaldhólum Current judgment: Conformation 8,09 Ridden abilities 8,85 Total 8,55 With current values: Conformation 8,09 Ridden abilities 8,69 Total 8,45
6 years old (2006)
Hekla frá Heiði Current judgment: Conformation 8,02 Ridden abilities 8,78 Total 8,48 With current values: Conformation 8,02 Ridden abilities 8,53 Total 8,33
6 years old (2002)
Hnota frá Garðabæ Current judgment: Conformation 8,14 Ridden abilities 8,80 Total 8,54 With current values: Conformation 8,14 Ridden abilities 8,68 Total 8,47
12 years old (2007)
Álfur frá Selfossi Current judgment: Conformation 8,11 Ridden abilities 8,69 Total 8,46 With current values: Conformation 8,11 Ridden abilities 8,55 Total 8,38
6 years old (2008)
List frá Vakurstöðum Current judgment: Conformation 8,05 Ridden abilities 8,69 Total 8,44 With current values: Conformation 8,05 Ridden abilities 8,55 Total 8,35
8 years old (2006)
Fura frá Hellu With old values: Conformation 8,46 Ridden abilities 8,73 Total 8,62 Current judgment: Conformation 8,46 Ridden abilities 8,58 Total 8,53
6 years old (2013)
Kappi frá Kommu With old values: Conformation 8,51 Ridden abilities 8,62 Total 8,58 Current judgment: Conformation 8,51 Ridden abilities 8,51 Total 8,51
6 years old (2010)
Hreyfill frá Vorsabæ II With old values: Conformation 8,50 Ridden abilities 8,68 Total 8,61 Current judgment: Conformation 8,50 Ridden abilities 8,56 Total 8,54
6 years old (2014)
Sökkull frá Dalbæ With old values: Conformation 8,07 Ridden abilities 8,74 Total 8,47 Current judgment: Conformation 8,07 Ridden abilities 8,58 Total 8,38
5 years old (2014)
Álfhildur frá Syðri Gegnishólum With old values: Conformation 8,28 Ridden abilities 8,89 Total 8,65 Current judgment: Conformation 8,28 Ridden abilities 8,68 Total 8,52
6 years old (2014)
Those calculations are right according to our understanding, maby there are errors even if we checked throuh it twice.