Open Scoring For All Movements by All Judges to Remain Available to Spectators at Dressage Shows

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The scoreboard that will continue to be allowed. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The scoreboard that will continue to be allowed. One guess as to which black stallion ridden by Edward Gal. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 22, 2015–Display of individual scores by all judges for each movement will continue to be allowed in dressage competitions after a move to prevent spectators from seeing detailed marks failed to win support at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) General Assembly Thursday.

The current rules encourage open scoring, displayed to spectators but not judges, of each judge’s individual marks for every movement.

A proposal not to show individual judge’s marks and not to make them available until the score is confirmed was presented to the assembly that represents the 132 nations of the organization that governs international horse sports.

The International Dressage Riders Club wanted the current system maintained but the trainers group did not want individual judge’s marks displayed during the ride.

One of the most controversial proposals, to impose a penalty of three percentage points for one error of course and elimination for a second error will decided Friday.