Editorials

13/10/2011
Editorial

Dressage might be on the verge of officially becoming a blood sport as the deadline approaches for the FEI Dressage Committee (DC) to decide on which blood rule they are going to present at the 2011 FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro. Will the DC propose the IDTC inspired blood rule which allows blood to taint our sport, or will sense for the welfare of the horse return to dressage?

26/08/2011
Editorial

A while ago I got an email in reaction to my previous editorial "A Slip of the Tongue" which said something in the line of "thanks for the great editorial but can you please write on something positive the next time". Straight away I thought: "Deal." 

29/06/2011
Editorial

Contact issues are a recurrent problem in the dressage ring, from the grassroots to the top levels, even at the World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games and Olympics. Tongue problems, going from tongues showing slightly on the side to 20 centimeters of flesh hanging out of the mouth as well as an ensuing blood running from the mouth after a tongue or lip was bitten, have brought entire judging panels off balance.

12/04/2011
Editorial

What follows next are considerations, nay ponderations, of an editor at work. What follows might appear a bit as a stream of consciousness.

I'm often asked why I don't tackle the big issues in the dressage sport more often on my website.

17/03/2011
Editorial

The topic of abolishing branding is a hot, literally on fire, in Germany. The question of animal welfare shot straight into consumer awareness with the recent massive dioxin-contaminated egg scandal in Germany.

23/02/2011
Editorial

Since 1 January 2011 the use of half marks has officially come into effect. As of that date all judges have the option to use half marks for both movements and collectives. Two months after its introduction

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