While watching the Para dressage competition and listening to the headsets I purchased from World Equestrian Radio at the event, I thought I heard a familiar voice as the commentator for Para Dressage explained so many of the nuances and inside information on the riders and the sport. During a break I ran upstairs to the booth and the commentator was non other than Jenny Nell, who I met years ago covering Dressage in the Seattle area. Jenny is a Therapeutic Riding Educator, a coach of one of the para competitors and Equine Assisted Activities Expert, so her expertise and information brings a whole new dimension to this new sport to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Be sure to get a souvenir headset with outlets located at all venues, it is well worth it even if you think you know what you are watching.
Head sets available for para-dressage enchance the spectator experience. by DressageDaily para Reporter Holly Jacobson
Commentators Jennifer Nell, coach to U.S. para- rider Erin Albreta, and Robin Breuckmann, both a judge, Paralympian and and U.S. competitor riding at the 2010 Alltech World Equestion Games are sharing their expertise and interesting details via Alltech headsets that can be purchqased at the arena. Nell's analysis of each performance offers both horse and non-horse viewers, those familiar with dressage and those aspiring DQs, a depth of kbnowledge about the horses' gaits, the movements, rider backgrounds, the horse-rider partnerships and the rules.
Listeners are treated to insider's take as to how the judges are scoring each test. You really feel as if you are riding each side pass and bend while you gain a concise wealth of knowledge with extra tidbits on each rider's biograpghy and physical challenges, which makes the para-equestrian sport unique and so compelling to watch. The quality of the riding and variety of impairments makes Nell and Brueckmann's insight valuable to understanding the nuances and difficulties of dressage in general and para-dressage in particular.
Spectator Adria DiMaria, who traveled from San Diego, is a Grade 2 rider and really appreciates the headsets. "Hearing this correct critique over and over really helps it sink in."