Editorials

29/12/2012
Opinions

For quite some time I have been ruminating on the validity and applicability of the freestyle format in the modern dressage world. Over the years I have pointed out major discrepancies and cases of injustice taking place in the judging of the freestyle and I could only but slap the palm of my hand to the forehead when the FEI Dressage Committee decided to use the Kur as sole test to determine the Olympic individual medals.

10/11/2012
FEI Dressage News

At the FEI General Assembly 2012 in Istanbul (TUR) today 252 delegates (104 National Federations – 80 in person and 24 by proxy) voted to abolish FEI Associate Membership. This abolition is not only a blow to the democratic process, but also substantially reduces the stakeholders clubs' ability to organise, poll and represent their members.

18/10/2012
Editorial

In the spring of 2012 the German Oldenburg society made a brave and logical move to test a new format of Stallion Licensing in which the young colts are allowed to mature to the age of 3 and are presented under saddle for approval. The new concept was applauded by many. However stallion owners see less commercial advantage

01/08/2012
2012 Olympic Games

After I finished posting my first blog of the 2012 Olympic Games I stepped outside my hot, humid and stuffy broomstick room to grab a bite to eat before I would go to bed. The first people I saw around the corner were Chris Hector and Roz Neave at a table in a local restaurant.

24/06/2012
Editorial

In January 2012 we finally gave birth to Eurodressage's weekly newsletter. It was an elephant pregnancy as I had brainstormed and planned the newsletter for months but it never came to fruition because of other priorities. We have received tremendous feedback to our free weekly letters from our subscribers and are grateful for their positive comments.

21/03/2012
Editorial

The Olympic Games are the apex for any serious sports athlete. Steeped in almost 3,000 years of tradition and set only every four years the Games are considered more unique, exclusive, and meaningful than a World Championships because sportsmen of all Olympic disciplines gather at the same venue for coveted glory. The media and public attention are enormous and they create a heightened vibe for every competitor. As the going gets tough in the lead up to the Games, the term Olympic fever is often applied. The dressage world bears no exception.

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