- Memory. Everyone is capable of remembering a training and first level test, and probably more.
- Confidence. Knowing your test will give you confidence.
- Preparation (lack of). If your argument is that you are too nervous to remember a test, I would counter that you are nervous because you have not adequately prepared. My goodness, with all of the money and time we invest in horses, you can spend a half hour learning your test?
- Focus. Knowing your test will help you focus on your horse totally, not the voice by the side of the ring.
- Windy days and other noise. Wind, planes overhead, loudspeakers, and other noise could wreck your test.
- Impression. Maybe all judges are so perfect and fair that they don't form an impression when a 35 year-old woman cannot be bothered to memorize a test. But I believe, at a subconcious level, distractions like readers, dirty tack, a horse in poor weight, or tacky clothing could result in a lower rating/score. I'm not saying it's intentional, or likely. But it is possible.
Do you feel differently? The same? Tell me why!