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British Dressage hosts prestigious FEI judge’s course

last updated on December 27, 2008 12:45

British Dressage hosts prestigious FEI judge’s course
British Dressage welcomed 32 Candidate and International FEI judges from all over the world this week to attend an FEI judge’s course at Olympia, London. The course, the first of its kind for 4 years to be held in the UK, centred around the FEI Dressage World Cup qualifier competition held as part of the London International Horse Show on 16th and 17th December 2008.

The programme was taken by highly respected FEI Official judge and British Dressage Director Stephen Clarke; Stephen is currently the only British ‘O’ level judge (the highest internationally recognised level attainable) and one of only nine approved FEI Dressage Course Directors. He gave live commentary to the delegates via radio headsets on each of the world class combinations competing in the Grand Prix and Kür performances and also led various theoretical classroom sessions to help further the learning experience. Stephen’s teachings were supported by fellow O judge Linda Zang from the USA who was invited to take part and offer her valuable contributions. FEI representative Eva Salomon also gave an update on the current changes to the management of dressage within the FEI.

The delegate list was a truly international field with individuals travelling from as far afield as Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Peru to take part. Four British judges plus American, Canadian and European judges made up the remainder of the party.

BD chief executive Amanda Bond commented: "British Dressage were honoured to host such an important training event for the FEI. Olympia provided some wonderful competition for the delegates to discuss; and we are lucky that Britain has one of the top dressage judge trainers in Stephen Clarke. We hope to include regular international judge training to our already busy national schedule, further demonstrating the UK’s increasing prominence on the world stage."