Judges Update October 2020

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Judges Update October 2020.

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Judges Gala

Due to the lockdowns both in Ireland and in France, the Judges Gala, due to take place on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, is cancelled.

The Judges Committee, in conjunction with Isabelle Judet, who was to present at the Judges Gala, are in the process of developing a webinar on judging Young Horse Classes. More information will be available when details are finalised




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During these uncertain times with Covid restrictions preventing the usual opportunities for National Judge Training, the Judges Committee (JC) is acutely aware that DI judges need to maintain their skills and also to upskill. To this end, the JC have secured the services of FEI 4* Dressage Judge, Jo Graham, to present judge training A person posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedwebinars specifically for Dressage Ireland.

The webinar will consist of a series of four sessions, approximately 1 hour long, starting at 18:00 hours, on all four Thursdays in January (7th,14th, 21st, and 28th/) 2021. The topics covered will be walk, trot, canter and collectives, giving feedback into the basics of judging at any level. During the webinars, participants will have the opportunity to give marks anonymously, from the comfort and privacy of their homes (or elsewhere).


  • 7th January, 2021 – Trot and trot movements
  • 14th January 2021 – Walk and walk movements
  • 21st January, 2021 – Canter and canter movements
  • 28th January, 2021 – The Collectives

These webinars are an excellent educational experience and can be very confidence-building for all judges and especially for those judges preparing for upgrading exams. Riders and coaches can also benefit from the webinars, by gaining a deeper insight into what is expected of them in a real test situation.
The webinars will count towards the National Judge Training requirement for 2021 with the attendance at a minimum of two webinars. The cost of the webinars for all four sessions is €45 or two sessions for €30. This is payable, along with a completed Judge Training form, either online via PayPal, using email address payments@dressageireland.ie,indicating – ‘webinar’ or by cheque to the JC Secretary.
There will also be 1 HSI CPD point awarded per 2 webinar's.
Further webinars will be available at a later date.

System requirements:
You can participate in webinars from almost any device, as long as you have a (stable) internet connection.

The most optimal way to follow a webinar is from a desktop or laptop computer with the Google Chrome browser.

Supported devices and browsers

  • Google Chrome (version 54 or newer)
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 49 or newer)
  • Mac Safari (version 10 or newer)
  • Internet Explorer 11 & Edge
  • Android 4.2 or newer (with Google Chrome version 50 or newer)
  • Apple iOS (Safari 10 or higher, or Google Chrome)

Finally, the BD National Convention will be presenting a webinar titled ‘From Training to Test Riding’ which includes judging perspectives ;if interested, further information may be obtained from the BD website, britishdressage.co.uk