FEI CREATES NEW LEAD DRESSAGE JUDGING POST

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 25–The International Equestrian Federation announced Friday the creation of a lead judging post to ensure greater consistency and accuracy of judging at all levels of dressage competition.

Ghislain Fouarge of The Netherlands was elected as the FEI’s first Dressage Judge General at the recent 5* judges seminar in Warendorf, Germany.

Fouarge, a highly respected international dressage judge, has officiated at the top level of the sport, including the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, the World Equestrian Games at Aachen, Germany, in 2006 and in Kentucky, USA in 2010, and two World Cup Finals.

“There has traditionally been a top judge chairing the FEI Dressage Committee and this person automatically took the leader role in discussions related to judging,” explained Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage.

“As the current Dressage Committee is structured differently, we needed to create a ‘leader judge’ role to ensure that all judges follow the same line.”

The Dressage Judge General’s primary responsibilities will be to create and co-ordinate discussions among the judges, ensuring that all conclusions are communicated to FEI judges through FEI headquarters and seminar directors.

The first term of office for the Dressage Judge General will be two years and the position will always be filled by a 5* judge.

“The introduction of the Dressage Judge General role will significantly improve the judging process and we are now looking forward to working with Ghislain Fouarge to improve the clear judging lines based on the training scale and what is laid down in the FEI’s Dressage Rules and Handbook”, Trond said Trond.

The FEI has also appointed Eric Lette of Sweden, David Hunt of Great Britain and Dieter Schuele of Germany as the first three members of the Judges Supervisory Panel.

Establishment of the panel was one of the recommendations of the Dressage Task Force, which was approved at the 2010 General Assembly in Taipei.