Editorials

06/09/2017
Opinions

To paraphrase Dickens, “It was the best of events, it was the worst of events”. August 2017 saw two major senior level dressage events: the European Championships in Gothenburg and the final stage of the CDIO Nations Cup at Hickstead. The first went off largely without hitch and people round the world watched some beautiful dressage, saw a German team dominate the event and with judging that was largely very understandable. The second competition resulted in a deserved win for France, but with a jury of five 5* judges with enormous differences between them in scores and in ranking.

20/06/2017
Editorial

At the 2017 CDIO Uggerhalne, Australian Tristan Tucker got eliminated from the test after he patted his horse Jewel's Sir Weihbach behind the saddle and on the back during the final extended trot on the diagonal. Judge at C Gotthilf Riexinger based the elimination on the rule that a rider is not allowed to let go of the reins and ride with one hand. Investigation, however, revealed that no such rule exists and that Tucker's elimination could have been appealed.

06/06/2017
Opinions

Edward Gal's international Grand Prix debut on his young super star Zonik was the ideal opportunity to check if judging at the highest level has progressed over the past few years. Each time a super star, diva rider goes into the arena - no matter Dutch, German, British, American - they get their halo points. With the promotion of lightness and harmony in judging since the Valegro/Damon Hill age, any lover of top level dressage competition sports has secretly been hoping that the judges would also discard favoritism when any celebrity rider appears in the ring on a new horse.

20/04/2017
Opinions

At the 2017 CDI-W 's Hertogenbosch, Patrick van der Meer and Zippo were eliminated from the Grand Prix because the judge at C, Annette Fransen-Iacobaeus, considered the horse unlevel. Van der Meer did not object to the elimination as he thought his horse bled from the mouth. Afterwards the judge at C apologized to Van der Meer for her decision.

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