Five Judges Promoted to 5* Status in Dressage, 4 in Para-Dressage
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Five dressage judges from Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States have been promoted to 5* status, the highest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rank.
Susanne Baarup of Denmark, Liselotte “Lilo” Fore of Santa Rosa, California, U.S., Annette Fransen Iacobaeus of Sweden, Thomas Lang of Austria and Eddy de Wollf Westerrode of the Netherlands will become 5* dressage judges effective July 1.
The promotions, which will allow the judges to officiate at major FEI Dressage events, such as World Cup Dressage Finals, Championships at Grand Prix level, World Equestrian Games and the Olympic and Games.
The promotions will bring the number of 5* dressage judges to 34.
Australia’s 5* Dressage judge Mary Seefried will become a member of the FEI Dressage Judges Supervisory Panel on July 1.
The six-member panel, created in 2011, is to ensure consistency and accuracy of judging as well as to provide an additional level of monitoring at major FEI Dressage events.
Although the JSP does not judge the competition, it is authorized to change marks when a technical mistake in judging has been made. It also monitors the performances of all FEI Dressage judges.
The new 5* Para-Dressage judges are Eva Bachinger of Austria, Alison King of Hong Kong, Sarah Leitch of Great Britain and Marco Orsini of Germany.