The second Global Dressage Forum took place on October 21-22 at the Academy of the Bartels Family in the South of Holland. There were many highlights, including a most exciting evaluation of Jerez Dressage competition. The World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses developed a programme, including presentations of the world’s finest young horses by the studbooks of Hannover, KWPN and Oldenburg. For many representatives, coming from 30 countries, the presentation of the educational program of the German Federation “from pony rider to Grand Prix”, was really impressive and gave food for thought to countries planning their own activities to promote the sport in the future.
Robert Dover Speaks - Riding Deep, or Riding High
After Joep Bartels and David Hunt, the newly elected President of the International Trainers Club, opened the Forum, the USA based trainer Robert Dover started with a clinic in which he explained his thoughts about the discussion on riding deep or riding high. “The frame of the horse has to be adjustable”, Robert told, which means that a rider should be able to change the position of the head at any time, always starting from behind, riding the horse with legs and seat forward. It must be possible for the rider at all time to immediately adapt the position of the head to the anatomy of the horse, his age, the stage of training and the specific situation. In the second clinic, by Ernst Hoyos, a former rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a lot of working from the ground was shown. Ernst was assisted by Lisa Wilcox, who recently was very successful with the American team in Jerez.
Evaluation of Jerez 2002
The first evening was reserved for the evaluation of Jerez 2002, with 6 tests were presented on a big screen with the points per movement and per judge produced at the moment that a movement was exercised. Then, a trainers’ panel asked questions and made remarks, which were answered by the Jerez judges in an open manner. There were lively discussions between the trainers, chaired by David Hunt and the judges, chaired by Mariette Withages.
On Tuesday morning October 22 the World Breeding Federation presented a very interesting explanation on the breeding of top dressage horses. German veterinarian Dr. Ludwig Christmann made a presentation about the possible backgrounds of back and leg injuries of young horses. Very impressing were the demonstrations by the world’s best young horses, including several world champions. Hannover presented Wyoming and Dreseman, KWPN Rousseau and Broere Jazz, and Oldenburg the champions Don Davidoff and Rubels.
Systematic Approach of the German Federation
Last part of the Global Dressage Forum was the presentation of the systematic approach of the German Federation, which educates riders from pony level to Grand Prix. It is certainly no coincidence that over 50 % of the German team riders come from the young riders teams, including such famous names as Nicole Uphoff, Isabel Werth and Ulla Salzgeber. National pony trainer Cornelia Endres and junior trainer Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen introduced several of their pupils to the Forum and showed how the system works in practice. Johan Hinnemann, as always a darling of the crowd, demonstrated the last difficult part of bringing a young rider to Grand Prix level with his pupil Marlies van Baalen. Warendorf’s Christoph Hess was the overall presentator of this item and gave explanation about the backgrounds and details of this highly educational item.
Based on a questionnaire, filled in by most of the participants, the decision has already been made by the International Dressage Trainers Club and the Academy, that the third Global Dressage Forum will take place in September/October 2003.
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