Dressage Ireland

Judges Training Notices

Past Training Notice

Judges Committee Strategic Plan


Who we are:

The Judges Committee is a sub-committee of the Board of Dressage Ireland and is made up of listed judges representing each of the seven regions and a chair appointed by the Board.

What we do:

The function of the Judges Committee is to uphold the correct principles of dressage judging in compliance with the FEI and to promote a uniform high standard of dressage judging in Ireland through education and training. Benefitting from this is not only Dressage Ireland but also Eventing Ireland, the Irish Pony Club, the Irish Pony Society and the Association of Irish Riding Clubs, who all utilise judges from the official Dressage Ireland Judges list.

To this end, the Judges Committee:

  • Organises education and training with internationally recognised experts on an all island basis.
  • Assists in the education and training of judges at the regional level.
  • Organises and supervises examinations of judges for upgrading on an annual basis.
  • Maintains the official Dressage Ireland Judges List.

In view of the increased participation as well as the rising standard of dressage riders both nationally and internationally, the training and development of judges is becoming more of a necessity. In order to meet this demand the following aims need to be realised.


To develop a clear, progressive structure whereby Irish judges can be educated and trained from the trainee judge level up to top FEI level.


  • Produce a pathway for judging which will be published (website, addendum to Log Book).
  • Bring in experts from abroad to Ireland for training and upgrading of Irish dressage judges.
  • Assist Irish judges to travel abroad for training.
  • Assist Irish judges to travel abroad to judge or co-judge i.e. reciprocal agreement with another country.
  • Be informed of the requirements of FEI for the Dressage Ireland judges list.


Expand the Dressage Ireland Judges List to include a greater number of judges at List 1 and 2.


  • Avail of higher level training in UK.
  • Attend FEI training and seminars.
  • Arrange examinations at higher levels with BD or FEI.
  • Increase training in Ireland for List 3 and above.
  • Attend judge training as a group at top International competitions, such as Aachen.
  • Develop structures to be able to examine for Ust 2 and above in Ireland when possible.
  • Support the formation by Dressage Ireland of a Competitions Committee where it would be possible to promote judge training and examining at higher levels at shows with good entries.


To monitor and make recommendations regarding the progressive requirements in Dressage Ireland tests which are necessary for the production of quality horses for the national and international arenas.


  • Review existing Dressage Ireland tests annually
  • Produce new tests which would involve the opinions of riders, trainers and judges either through personal contact, surveys, focus groups etc.

Some of the aims of the Judges Committee are currently being implemented. To achieve all of the aims in the next 5 years would require:

  • Adequate resources i.e. funding for international expertise, technical assistance, social media, website design.
  • Facilitate riders and trainers to start a judge career at a younger age.

The Judges Committee have achieved much in a short period of time but needs to continue to develop practices and procedures that achieve balanced, fair minded and transparent judging for the benefit of the members of Dressage Ireland, thus, enabling increased success of the sport of Dressage in Ireland.

Judges Committee Strategic Plan

List of Current Training Notices

There isn’t any judges training currently available.

List of Past Training Notices

24/08/2018 - Judges Training and Gala entry Forms

15/06/2018 - Dates, Dates, Dates

26/03/2018 - Extra Judges Training

06/02/2018 - More Judges Training

26/01/2018 - Joint Press Release from Eventing Ireland and Dressage Ireland

15/01/2018 - Judge Training Plans for 2018

24/11/2017 - HSI CPD points awarded for December Judge Training

16/11/2017 - 2018 List 1 and 2 Judge Training , UK

06/11/2017 - Judges Gala 2017

27/09/2017 - Dressage Ireland Judges Gala 2017

11/09/2017 - National Judge Training at the National Championships,Cavan

20/03/2017 - National Judge Training at the Winter Finals, Cavan

07/03/2017 - Introduction of Panel Judging to Regional Shows

15/02/2017 - More National Judge Training in 2017

23/12/2016 - National Judge Training in 2017

25/08/2016 - Start time for the National Judges and Training Gala 2016

27/07/2016 - Judges Gala Free of Charge to Listed DI Judges

13/07/2016 - Call for Scribes

02/06/2016 - National Training & Judges Gala

13/05/2016 - Summer National Judge Training Session at Coil Óg

04/03/2016 - Extra National Judge Training Session in Cork

22/01/2016 - First Judge Training Sessions for 2016

02/09/2015 - Judges Gala 2015

05/08/2015 - National Judge Training at Cavan

27/07/2015 - Judges Committee Strategic Plan

05/07/2015 - Judges Training

18/05/2015 - National Judge Training in July

20/03/2015 - National Judge Training at NID Spring Festival

20/03/2015 - Mock Exams 2015

24/02/2015 - Reminder

14/01/2015 - Judges Newsletter 2015

14/01/2015 - Spring National Judge Training

13/11/2014 - National Judge Training

22/09/2014 - Judges gala

04/09/2014 - Judges Gala on Monday 29th September 2014 at Spruce Lodge

17/07/2014 - Protocol for limited exemption from Dressage Ireland National Training for Judges

28/05/2014 - Upcoming Judge training in August

14/12/2013 - Judge training days in February 2014

20/10/2013 - Nominations for new Judges and Judges wishing to upgrade in 2014

16/10/2013 - Video Judge Training Day postponed

13/09/2013 - Northern Ireland Judges Group Winter Dates 2013/2014

12/09/2013 - Autumn Judge training days details and entry forms

15/08/2013 - Judge’s Seminar 2013

07/08/2013 - Judges News Autumn 2013

10/12/2012 - Northern Ireland Judges Group

06/12/2012 - 2013 Judge Exam Applications

23/11/2012 - Last Judge Training of 2012 Sunday 9th and Monday 10th of December

24/09/2012 - Northern Ireland Judges group meetings 2012/13

24/08/2012 - Judges Seminar with Jennie Loriston-Clarke on 24th September 2012

18/05/2012 - Judge Seminar 2012

14/02/2012 - 2 Judge training days in March with Linda Whetstone

28/10/2011 - 2012 Judge Exam Applications

05/10/2011 - 2 Judge training days in November

08/09/2011 - The Annual Judge Gala, with Peter Holler at Kill EC

16/07/2011 - British Dressage National Convention

20/06/2011 - Olympic Para Dressage and List 1 judge in South Munster for training

01/06/2011 - Next Meeting of the Northern Ireland Judges Group

31/05/2011 - Equestrian Skillnet and Dressage Ireland Judges Gala Tuesday 6 September 2011

14/04/2011 - Next meeting of the Northern Ireland Judges Group

24/02/2011 - Judges Trip to the European Dressage Championships Rotterdam

24/02/2011 - Judges Trip to the British Dressage National Judges Convention at Hartpury

24/02/2011 - Chritmas Party!

08/12/2010 - NR Judges Group Christmas Party Postponed

23/11/2010 - Judges News - December 2009

27/10/2010 - Judges Training in Northern Region

04/10/2010 - NR Judges Group Meeting

02/10/2010 - Judge Training with Linda Whetstone in November

30/06/2010 - Judges Training

05/06/2010 - Judges Seminar

05/06/2010 - Judges Training