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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
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
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