Judges’ Huts Off Limits to All But “Officiating People” Under New Rule

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Judges Hans-Christian Matthiesen of Denmark, Cara Whitham of Canada, Irinia Maknami of Russia, Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, Christoph Hess of Germany, Annette Fransen Iacobeaus of Sweden and Mike Osinski of the United States at a CDI in Wellington, Florida. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 7, 2017

The practice of new international judges sitting with more experienced ground jury members during a competition will not be allowed under a rule adopted by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to come into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The practice has often been applied in educating and mentoring newly appointed judges as well as occasionally allowing journalists to witness first hand judges performing their duties.

The new rule adopted by the FEI General Assembly last month states: “Only officiating people are allowed in the judges’ huts.”

Asked for clarification, a FEI spokesperson said previously allowed practices will no longer be permitted and “does not provide for any exception.”