British Dressage partners with Black Horse One to revitalise the way judges learn

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 14:37

British Dressage (BD) has unveiled a new partnership with the market leader in dressage scoring software Black Horse One (BHO), which will revolutionise how British judges develop and learn.

German-based BHO founded the paperless judging solution eDressage™ and are also well known for their Spectator Judging® and Degree of Difficulty platforms. This collaboration with BD is the first of its kind with a focus on judge development. BHO and BD worked together throughout 2021 to deliver digital seminars to British judges and facilitate judge examinations online when Covid prohibited face to face interaction.

BD official partner BHO has worked with BD to develop an innovative digital platform that enables all BD listed and trainee judges to virtually score a test using digital test sheets while watching a test video. The comments and scores can instantly then be gauged against a range of senior master judges, all from their own device – anytime, anywhere.

Each judge will have their own personalised dashboard on the platform that acts as their ‘portfolio’ where their tests can be reviewed, which will be an integral part of the new Judge Education System and ongoing CPD activity.

Initially, judges will access the platform by attending an online judge seminar where they can set up their own account, and over the course of the spring this year it will be rolled out to all BD judges.

BD’s Training and Education Manager Charlotte Osborne, who has spearheaded the project, commented; “We launched the framework for our new Judge Education System in 2019 and this is the next exciting step in its evolution.  We have further developed these concepts during the pandemic to facilitate and deliver online assessments, which will revolutionise how we train and measure judges. It will help us effectively engage with judges at all levels and put them in control of their own training and development.  It means judges can gain practical experience but delivered in a virtual way.

“Covid has certainly taught us all to embrace the use of technology and the BHO platform will put hundreds of online judge training opportunities at their fingertips.  The platform is free to access, user friendly and provides online support.  The team at BHO have enthusiastically engaged with our vision for the sport – and this is only just the beginning, with much more to come.”

As a proud partner of SAP and a market leader in enterprise application software, BHO systems have been used at FEI European and World Championships, as well as national shows in 26 countries around the world.  Most recently, they launched their platform Equestrian on Demand, with the option to judge online with the help of eDressage™ on the basis of videos from different levels. 

Daniel Göhlen, founder and CEO of Black Horse One said: “We’re delighted and very excited to join forces with British Dressage and hope to expand our partnership to support equestrian sports in Great Britain with our platform and range of products in the future. Our first common judges’ education project started very successfully with online seminars – and we held the first exams together in December 2021. For those seminars, the Equestrian on Demand platform was used, as well as our paperless judging solution eDressage™, and by facilitating the SAP Business Technology platform it’s directly connected to a personal dashboard for each of the judges.

“It is an absolute honour for us to be officially named as a British Dressage partner and we are very certain to deliver added value in many ways with our products and services, which are continuously further developed, for the mutual benefit of all involved parties.”