Dressage Judging Working Group “Update” Report Set for April

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Kyra Kyrklund of the International Dressage Riders Club. File photo

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 20, 2017–The first report of a working group studying international dressage judging will be made at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne April 10-11.

The FEI listed “an update” from the Dressage Judging Working Group on the second day of the forum.

By the time of the report, the working group will have spent nine months considering the issue since its first meeting last July following the controversy-punctuated Olympic qualifying period.

The committee is led by FEI Dressage Committee chairman Frank Kemperman. Other members are Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños, a 5* judge from Mexico and a member of the FEI Dressage Committee; Kyra Kyrklund, a five-time Olympian for Finland and president of the International Dressage Riders Club; Richard Davison, a four-time Olympian for Great Britain and David Stickland, a senior research physicist with Princeton University working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and a consultant to the FEI on dressage judging analysis.

The agenda for the working group is:

–Evaluate whether measures introduced after the 2009 Dressage Task Force that revamped the sport and included a wider range of stakeholders in the FEI Dressage Committee had a “positive, neutral or negative effect on the quality of dressage judging;

–“Evaluating the current dressage judging system in general;

–“Creating a benchmark of various subjectively judged sports in order to define areas for improvement in the dressage system, and

–“Issuing recommendations to the FEI Dressage Committee on ways to improve the dressage judging system.”