Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Introduces First Paperless CDI Judging

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Ulrike Nivelle, a German dressage judge, getting a briefing on the computer scoring system from Adequan Global Dressage Festival Sports Director Thomas Baur. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ulrike Nivelle, a German dressage judge, getting a briefing on the computer scoring system from Adequan Global Dressage Festival Sports Director Thomas Baur. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 29, 2016–The Adequan Global Dressage Festival introduced what is believed to be the first paperless CDI in the world when it was implemented Friday and demonstrated immediate and significant time savings.

Three judges for the Intermediate 1 of 19 combinations were each assigned an e-scribe only. The real-time implementation went off without a hitch.

Ulrike Nivelle of Germany, the judge at C, pronounced the system as “easier and faster” that also allowed more comments because of the speed.

The rides and scoring was timed and showed a saving of as much as two minutes for the Intermediate 1, to seven minutes from the nine minutes allowed.

Thomas Baur, the Global Sports Director who oversaw implementation of the system, said that the time allowed for rides could be reduced by as much as one minute, but whether that was done would depend on working with the ground juries and other officials.

The system also saved significant time over the previous procedures of comparing the written and computer-generated scores. With the computer-only system, scores were more quickly announced to spectators.

Judges review the scores for each movement on the screen before the results are transmitted to a central computer.

The show office checks the computer-generated results to insure all the scores are recorded along with comments and then prints out a copy for the rider.