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Mistakes happen at all levels, and as you will read in my book I give a very good system for riding circles accurately. In an advanced medium class I once wrote for many of the riders made the same mistake where lack of accuracy caused loss of several marks.
Look at the two circles in the photo. Several riders allowed the horse to fall out on the 2nd half of the circle which meant they hit the track at sharp angle so the horse lost more balance having to sharply turn onto the track. So marks lost for loss of shoulder control, accuracy and loss of balance back to the track, and marks lost for the rider and the suppleness in the collectives. Circle accuracy is important especially due to the angle with which you hit the track.
At a recent judging conference I went to Katrina Wuest, an FEI 5* judge, talked about how riders really must take into account accuracy to avoid accidentally increasing the level of difficulty of the movement.
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