Australian FEI5* judge Mary Seefried has been appointed to the Judge's Supervisory Panel (JSP) that was created in 2010. The JSP first championships were the FEI WC Final in 's-Hertogenbosch and the EC Dressage in Rotterdam 2010. Positions on the panel are reserved for the most experienced and respected FEI dressage judges and trainers. The JSP is in place to ensure judging remains fair and is mandatory for Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and Continental Championships at Grand Prix Level. The panel provides an extra level of monitoring at major international events and has the authority to change marks when there is a technical mistake in judging (for example a missed mistake in flying changes sequence) but does not judge the competition. The Panel also has a role to play in monitoring performance of FEI judges and contributing to long lists of judges for major championships.
Judges in the JSP include Mary Seefried, Dieter Schüle (GER) and Eric Lette (SWE) while Jan Peters (NED) now retires from the panel. Trainers also make part of the JSP including David Hunt. To ensure that experience and knowledge can be transferred, the time limit for serving on the JSP is 2x2 years (the minimum two years). While a member of this panel Mary will continue to fulfil her duties as Chairperson of the Australian Dressage Committee and also to judge at FEI sanctioned events and national competitions, but not at Championships.