2018 Big Tour Tests With Rider Only Collective Mark Published

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec. 8, 2017–New dressage Grand Prix judging tests dropping three of the four “collective marks” as approved by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) were published Friday ahead of the first CDI in 2018, at Temecula, California the first week of January.

Dropping the collective marks for paces, impulsion and submission while retaining only an award for the rider was approved at the FEI General Assembly last month where the issue was overshadowed by an unsuccessful move to implement so-called “HiLoDrop.”

The HiLoDrop was withdrawn in the face of overwhelming opposition that the separate issue of the collective marks also proposed by the Dressage Judging Working Group was approved with only five nations opposed and two abstaining out of a total of more than 100 countries able to vote at the meeting.

The remaining collective mark is for the: “Rider’s position and seat; correctness and effect of the aids.” It has a coefficient of two, meaning double the number of points awarded by a judge.

The Grand Prix will have a total of 460 points, replacing the long used Grand Prix in effect until the end of this month of 500 points.

The previous collective marks were:

1. Paces (freedom and regularity)
2. Impulsion (desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters)
3. Submission (attention and confidence; harmony, lightness and ease of the movements; straightness; acceptance of the bridle and lightness of the forehand)
4. Rider’s position and seat; correctness and effect of the aids

The change will not be implemented for young horse tests.

Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Brazil and Chile declared their opposition to the change while several other nations agreed to the proposal or some variation of it.