Euro Update: Euro Column by Wayne Channon - The Future of Judging

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Judging is not the only big issue in dressage but it is probably the most controversial.  Our top judges are well trained, very knowledgeable, extremely experienced and totally competent.  Yet, so often, even they get it very wrong.

Take a recent example, the World Cup Qualifier in Mechelen, Belgium, the difference between the highest and lowest score for the technical mark of the freestyle for one competitor was 10%.  So one judge thought the test was worth 65.5% and the other 75.5%!  This wasn’t 10% of the total mark but the difference in the TECHNICAL mark!  If it were the artistic mark I could have well believed it – I think judging the artistic marks is more of a guess than an art, we are not even close to the realms of accuracy there.

For years, riders, trainers and judges have recognised this problem and, thanks to the FEI, for the first time in history we have a solution in sight, more about this later.  But first, we need to look more in depth at the origin.

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Negro Proclaimed Keur Stallion

The KWPN licensed stallion Negro has been proclaimed Keur stallion. He will be honoured at the 2009 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on February 6, 2009. Besides Negro, the show jumping stallion Larino (by Concorde) received the keur predicate. The jumper Heartbreaker (by Nimmerdor x Silvano) was proclaimed preferent sire for his and his offspring's outstanding achievements in the jumping sport.

The 13-year old black Dutch warmblood stallion Negro is by Ferro out of keur mare Fewrie (by Variant x Gondelier). Under owner Anne van Olst, he won the KWPN Stallion Competition in 2000 and 2001 and was the best performing Dutch horse at the 2001 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. A severe injury abruptly ended the short sport career of this stallion. Read More

Gigolo van de Padenborre, Champion of the 2009 BWP Stallion Licensing

The 3-year old bay Belgian warmblood colt Gigolo van de Padenborre has been proclaimed champion of the 2009 BWP Stallion Licensing held in Moorsele, Belgium. The stallion headed a field of 33 licensed stallions which are allowed to move on to the stallion performance test.

Gigolo van de Padenborre is bred by Erwin de Wolf and presented by Andre Leemans. This muscled stallion is by Quidam de Revel out of a Chin Chin dam. The champion was not the prettiest with his conformation, but stood out in his jumping potential. The stallion sold to the Dutch Joop van Uytert and Egbert Schep.

Five stallions made it into the premium ring. Besides the champion those were Gorki van Sonnevanck (by Breemeersen Adorado x Pavarotti van de Helle), Gambo van den Opstal (by Chicago Z x Canadian River), Gondor-Gucci van het Burghof (by Wandor van de Mispelaere x Gottwald) and Gonzales (by Winningmood van de Arenberg x Calypso d'Herbiers). Read More

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