Spectator Judging For Sydney CDI in First for Down Under

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Scoreboard at the London World Cup event in Olympia comparing official results from the panel of five judges and the spectator judging. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

SYDNEY, Mar. 15, 2017–Spectator judging will be available at the Sydney CDI*** April 27-29 in the first use of the program Down Under.

The smartphone app that has been used widely in western Europe and at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida gives the audience the chance to put themselves in the judges’ seat.

In a first for the Australasian region, spectators can download the free app and experience judging first hand as they unofficially “score” each competitor as if they were in the judge’s box.

While spectator scores are not included in official results, the focus of the app is stronger fan involvement and a more intense engagement with the sport, said the organizers at Sydney that bills itself as Australia’s premier dressage event.

The app was developed by Black Horse 88 and SAP, the German software giant. Daniel Göhlen and his Black Horse software team of Munich, Germany also worked with German 5* judge Katrina Wüst to create the computerized freestyle system to measure difficulty levels that was implemented at World Cup events in western Europe and Florida this season.

Commentary during the Sydney CDI will update the audience with spectator judging results.

Spectator judges at the Sydney CDI whose scores are closest to the official results will receive a prize.

The app is available free of charge from the App-Store (Apple) or the Google-Play-Store.

Users can also judge events where the application is being used such as the World Cup Final in Omaha Mar. 27-April 2 which will be streamed live around the world.