High School Riding Elements - School Jumping
During high school jumps above the ground, which include cockbet, lansada, ballotad and capriole, the horse is separated by all four limbs. School jumps are exceptional in their beauty and…

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The first impression of the pair is what dressage judges pay attention to
Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit - do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the…

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Ludger Berbaum: The contest has changed
German rider Ludger Berbaum is one of the leaders of the world show jumping for the past 20 years. In 2000, he gave an unexpectedly detailed interview, showing that he…

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three provocations

Ludger Berbaum: “We must find a balance between rules, sanctions and reality”

One of the topics on the agenda of the General Assembly of the International Club of Competitors (IJRC) in Rotterdam. Athletes became concerned about their vulnerability to the IOC sports laws regarding the detection of prohibited substances in horse blood.

Riders said that insecurity at the stable (that is, the risk of accidental ingestion of a prohibited substance, intentional or unintentional, as, for example, in the case of synephrine that got into the blood of horses through hay, which was fed at an FEI-approved tournament in Carmona) is a big problem for athletes and their teams, since any such precedent means that it comes with severe sanctions and serious consequences: suspension of the right to speak for a horse or athlete, the need to return a medal or prizes in any case Continue reading

The first impression of the pair is what dressage judges pay attention to

Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit – do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the battlefield, he immediately undergoes a thorough, even if not intentional, analysis of a specialist. And what exactly makes up the first impression of the rider and how not to shock the judges in the negative sense of the word, Yuri Romanov, judge of the international category 4 *, told us.
Yuri notes that the most important rule of every judge is the “first time” rule. Whatever the famous horseman, no matter what reputation he possesses, the judge must remain unbiased and give ratings as if every time a completely new, completely unknown person appears before him. Continue reading

Dressage: How to get a referee category?

Anyone can try to become a judge – the road is open to everyone. But it is worth remembering that a dressage judge is not only one who knows how to correctly evaluate the elements and movement of a horse according to the pattern.

A judge is someone who knows the biomechanics of a horse “from” and “to”; able to their thoughts and convey them to the rider.

A judge is someone who knows by heart the rules of equestrian discipline and has the entire list of qualities necessary for a judge, and believe me, there are many of them! Continue reading

Equestrian sport: myths and reality
1. Equestrian sport is the most dangerous sport. Any sport increases the risk of injury. Equestrian sport is no exception. Absolutely avoiding falls will not work. Not a single sporting…

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Competitors Note: View the Nations Cup route at Spruce Meadows with Kent Farrington
At the Nations Cup stage as part of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada, Kent Farrington provided a complete overview of the entire distance of the route designed…

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The most interesting thing is under the hat
Recently, you will not surprise anyone in our country with a hat on a horse’s head. It is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and therefore even amateurs put them on to their…

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How an amateur rider can overcome fear in favor of concentration
Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence. Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results…

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