Alltech FEI European Dressage Championships Shatters Records

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The afternoon session of the Grand Prix at the Alltech FEI European Dressage Championships featured fifteen riders and it was one great ride after another. Sixteen riders scored over 70%, twelve were marked higher than 72% a score which in years before could give you a place on the podium. The bar has been raised, for sure, as now 80% is the criterion to medal. "I have judged a few of these championships, but I've never seen this," said Stephen Clarke, president of the ground jury. "This is the greatest moment in dressage history. I've never seen riders perform at this high level. They have the courage to go in because there must be considerable pressure. Congratulations to them all."

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