Judges Training & Exams

Judge Training and Exams in 2023

Please note: from 1st January 2023, any late applications for judge training or upgrading results will incur a late fee.

Regional Judges Representatives:

Leinster Region Bernie Foley berniefoley57@gmail.com
Eastern Region Bernie Webb bernie@irishnetworks.com
South Eastern Region Lynne Cassidy lynne.cassidy@hotmail.co.uk
Midland and Western Connie Noone connienoonegalway@gmail.com
Northern Region Vida Tansey (Temporary) vidatansey@hotmail.com
South Munster Region Marie Hennessy mariehennessy432@gmail.com
North Munster Region Ann Glynn ann.glynnk@gmail.com

Please remember:

  • It is compulsory for a judge to attend one National Judge training per year.
  • If a judge has not attended a Judge Training day for one year, he/she is hidden from the Judges List and must attend two Judge Training days in the subsequent year in order to be re-instated on the Judges List.
  • After a period of two years without attending National Judge training, a judge will be required to attend two National Judge training sessions and judge at a level below their current list or, alternatively, sit the exam appropriate to their level before re-instatement can occur.
  • If a judge has not attended National Judge training for more than two years, the judge is removed from the list and must apply to the Judges Committee for re-instatement.

Log Book

The updated Dressage Ireland Judges Log Book can be found at the bottom of this page for download along with print instructions.  It is important for judges to get their Log Book signed as proof of attendance of National Judge Training.


Judge Training and Exams in 2023

Please note that starting from 1st January 2023, any late application for Judge Training or Upgrading Exams will incur a late fee.


Reminder - Test Sheets

On several occasions, it has been noticed that some sheets have been marked without whole numbers (6.0, 7.0, 8.0) being written in. When reviewing your sheets before sending them to the scorers, please be aware of this and instruct your scribe to always write whole numbers.


Trainee Judges

Trainee judges whose application was approved in 2021 and have not taken the exam, need to re-apply for another 2 year cycle in 2023.

Trainee judges, please take note of Exams section above.

Judge Training Dates

National judge training will take place on the dates and at the locations listed below.  Please send a completed judge training entry form plus fee to the judges regional rep for the venue you wish to attend by the listed closing date.  Applications received after the closing date may incur a late fee.  There may be a few more judge training dates announced later





Regional Rep


Topic / Presenter

Closing date for entries


19th Feb 2023

Northern Region - Vida Tansey

Laurelview EC Co.Down

Vida Tansey - List 5/6

Tuesday 14th Feb 2023


12th Feb 2023

NMR - Ann Glynn

Garramore Equestrian Centre


Vida Tansey - List 6&5, also 3&4 entries permitting

Tuesday 7th Feb 2023


19th Feb 2023

LR - Bernie Foley

Coilog EC Co.Kildare

Dermot Cannon - List 3A/3/4; Michael Moore - List 5/6

Tuesday 14th Feb 2023


26th March 2023


SMR - Marie Hennessy

Ballindenisk Co.Cork

Marie Hennessy - List 5/6

Tuesday 21st March 2023


27th May 2023


SER - Lynne Cassidy

Spruce Lodge EC Co.Wicklow

Dermot Cannon - List 5/6; also list 3&4 entries permitting

Tuesday 23rd May 2023


List 1&2 (3A) 

Sat 14th Jan 2023 Vale View Equestrian High Profile show Leicestershire Jane Peberdy 1&2
Thurs 9th March 2023 Myerscough College Premier League Lancashire Jo Graham

2 (3A)

Sat 12th March 2023 Myerscough College Premier League Lancashire TBA 1
Fri 17th March 2023 Addington CDI*** Buckinghamshire Mary Ann Horn 1,2&3A


Upgrading Exams

All judges interested in upgrading in 2023 should send in a judges upgrading form as soon as possibleas this would help in planning the exams.  Exam applications are accepted on a first come first served basis as exam places may be limited.

To List



Practice Judging Paperwork & Fee Due


Hickstead UK

13th May 2023

5th May 2023


Greenogue EC Co.Dublin

2nd July 2023

Upgrading form due - 1st Feb 2023

27th June 2023


Greenogue EC Co.Dublin

3rd Sep 2023

Upgrading form due - 1st Feb 2023

29th Sep 2023

3&3A National Championships


Upgrading form due - 1st Feb 2023