Spectator Judging To Be Included In Scores for Palm Dressage Derby, 1st Time In World

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Jaimey Irwin on Wrazzmatazz to compete in the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. © 2017 SusanJStickle

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar 4, 2017–Spectators will be on the judging panel at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby rideoff Saturday night, the first time in the world the innovative app will have direct input on a competition.

The derby in which riders switch horses and first established in Palm Beach 33 years ago is a national Prix St. Georges level event but top international judges Anne Gribbons of the United States, Isobell Wessels of Great Britain and Christof Umbach of Luxembourg will be on the panel.

Spectators using a smartphone app that has been introduced at this season’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival for first time in the United States will get to vote and the total result will be a “fourth” judge on the panel.

The spectator total scores will be added to the scores awarded by the three judges and the average of the four scores will be the result for the event that has $8,000 in prize money.

The only exception will be if there is a difference by the spectator result greater than six per cent of the average–a move that Thomas Baur, the Global sport director who came up with the idea, said was designed to prevent “stuffing” of scores.

The app created by Daniel Göhlen and his Black Horse software team in Munich, Germany are available for both iPhones and Android.