Farewell to affiliated dressage at Frensham Priory

Farewell to affiliated dressage at Frensham Priory

OPTIMUM EVENT MANAGEMENT held its last show at Priory Equestrian, Frensham, Surrey, on a drizzly grey early November day. But neither the dank weather nor the muddy lorry/car park dimmed the smiles or diminished the enjoyment of the competitors and their...

Dressage judging is a moral issue

DRESSAGE JUDGING is a highly moral activity, writes judge Wendy Jago, “This is not simply because we do our best as judges to discriminate wisely and accurately about the differing qualities of specific movements, or horses’ overall way of going, but, more...

Please don’t shoot the ‘half-brained’ judge!

COMPETING would be so much easier if we didn’t have a dressage judge eyeballing our every move making us feel nervous and putting us under additional pressure, when we already have enough to think about! Danielle Olding, who leads coaching company “From the Neck Up”...

Fall reflections

RUMOURS about the continued existence of various BD Southern venues abound and with the fall in numbers of riders attending dressage competitions in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, fewer venues might be no bad thing. We need a financially viable local competition circuit...
Do the Bronze, Silver and Gold dressage sections work for you?

Do the Bronze, Silver and Gold dressage sections work for you?

There seem to be even more disgruntled affiliated dressage riders at competitions since the gold, silver and bronze sections and their eligibility rules were introduced than there were in the good old days of ‘open’ and ‘restricted’. This is a sample of thoughts...

“Instead of moaning, have a go yourself!”

Popular and hard-working List 1 judge Mark Ruddock explains the cost and stress involved in being a judge, and when you read this you will understand why he says he often feels ‘harassed’. “JUDGING is where I can put something back into the sport and I believe more...

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