LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC DRESSAGE JUDGES LONG LIST ANNOUNCED
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 28–The long list of judges from which the final panel will be drawn for dressage at the London 2012 Olympic Games was announced by the International Equestrian Federation Thursday, with three European countries each having two nominees in addition to the European president of the ground jury.
The long list comprises 11 5* judges, and includes Stephen Clarke of the host nation of Great Britain who has already been appointed as president of the ground jury. That leaves 10 nominees–seven of them Europeans–to be selected for the remaining six judging slots.
The nations with two nominees are The Netherlands with Wim Ernes and Ghislain Fouarge, Germany with Evi Eisenhardt and Katrina Wüst, and France with Isabelle Judet and Jean-Michel Roudier.
The others on the long list are Maribel Alonso of Mexico, Gary Rockwell of the U.S., Mary Seefried of Australia and Leif Törnblad of Denmark.
A blind draw of the long listed judges will take place at FEI headquarters in Lausanne Sept. 23 to finalize the members of the London 2012 Olympic Ground Jury.
Only one judge from each nation will serve on the ground jury.
Jacques Van Daele of Belgium has already been announced as Chief Dressage Steward and Wojtek Markowski of Poland as Technical Delegate.
“The FEI’s Dressage Committee has proposed the long list according to FEI rules, which state that there can be up to 12 5* judges, a maximum of two per country and from a minimum of eight countries,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage.
“We are now looking forward to announcing the final list of highly respected international judges who will form the Ground Jury for London 2012.”
Olympic dressage gets underway at Greenwich Park on Aug. 2 with two days of Grand Prix competition, the first qualifier for both team and individual standings. The top seven teams and 11 best-placed individuals go forward to the Grand Prix Special on Aug. 7, which will decide the team medals. The Freestyle to Music to decide individual medals takes place on Aug. 9.