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For information on seminars and training dates and updates on judges training please see the Judges Training Notices.
Compiled by Linda Whetstone and edited by Stephen Clarke. The section on Music and Interpretation of the Music was largely written by Ken Barnsley and other ideas came from “Dressage to Music” by Jane Kidd, The FEI “Dressage Handbook - Guidelines for Judging” and notes by FEI International Judge Katrina Wust “The Artistic Marks in Freestyle Competitions”. We are very grateful to all major contributors as well as those who gave their time, expertise and advice in compiling these notes.
The process of becoming a dressage judge takes a lot of time and commitment but this is necessary to ensure quality judging.
Many people use their background as a rider or a trainer in dressage to progress into a career in judging.
Dressage Ireland has over 60 Listed judges who perform this vital role.
If the judges committee accepts you as a trainee judge, your application will be valid for two years. If you have not become a listed judge by the end of the two years, you will need to re-apply.
These are suggestions to help you with your experience.
FEI Dressage Judges Handbook – Guidelines for Judging, learn to love it; it is all there – every mark for every movement from 10 to 0.
DVD On all the dressage Levels
The full tests are available on YouTube along with videos of each movement broken down and explained.
DVD – “Through the Eye of the Judge with Stephen Clarke” – Series 2, these are excellent judge education videos for all levels from Novice to Grand Prix. The videos are available from throughtheeyeofthejudge.co.uk.