Last week was one of discouragement for lovers of high performance dressage. The 2014 FEI General Assembly took place and surprise decisions to the disadvantage of the sport revealed themselves post-factum like a jack-in-a-box.
The remarkable couple of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro smashed two World Records at Olympia before Christmas! In this article David Stickland of Global Dressage Analytics examines what went into those records and make some predictions of what the future could hold.
It is wonderful to see that Stephen Clarke, Dressage Judge General, is prepared to publicly discuss the issues I raised in my critique of the 2013 European Championships (ECH). This can only be good for the sport.