Dressage Canada's Officials Committee announces some innovative changes to the procedure for obtaining a dressage judging credential with Canada.
In an effort to make both updating and promotion more accessible across the country, there will be two clinics offered for updating ‘r', Basic and Medium judges again this year. However, for the first time, these clinics will also serve as the evaluative component for individuals applying for carding or for promotion from ‘r' to Basic status. The clinics are:
June 11-13 Clinician: Joan Macartney, FEI ‘I' - Claresholm AB
July 30- Aug 1 Clinician: Elizabeth McMullen, FEI ‘O' - York Equestrian Centre, Cedar Valley, ON
Those judges who will be upgrading to Medium or Senior status, or Seniors updating, will join the Education Tour to Burbank, California September 30-October 3, led by Elizabeth McMullen, FEI ‘O' dressage judge. Evaluation of applicants will be done during the tour. This approach will provide many more horses/rides at FEI levels than clinics held in Canada are able to present, and is a wonderful educational opportunity for Medium and Senior judges.
Elizabeth McMullen, of Palgrave Ontario, is an FEI "O" dressage judge, USA Equestrian "S" and a Equine Canada "S" judge. Some of the events in which McMullen has officiated include the 2002 World Equestrian Games, CDIO Aachen, multiple World Cup Finals and the North American Young Rider Championships. In 2003, McMullen was a member of the Appeal Committee for the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In addition to other engagements, in 2004 McMullen will be on the Appeal Committee for Dressage at the Athens Olympics.
Joan Macartney, of Manotick Ontario, is an FEI “I” dressage judge. Macartney can be seen officiating at a number of competitions across Canada and the USA. This has included being a member of the judging panel for the 2003 Canadian League World Cup Finals. In 2004, Macartney's judging engagements include the 2004 North American Young Riders Championship as well as a number of CDI competitions throughout the year.