Robert Dover on Judging Dressage

Before reading any further be sure to go to this link and read the article I wrote about Robert Dover and the fairness of dressage judging and what the future has in store.



  1. Charlene Zubka said,

    May 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Excellent article and interview with Robert Dover regarding judging. I would like to understand why they would want to use the Ice Skating judging format to emulate for Dressage. Even with the major re-vamping that the Ice Skating sport had, they continue to have issues with judging and judges. It does not make me feel any more secure that the revised judging for Dressage will be any fairer in the end. I would have preferred to hear that the equestrian community worked together and that the dressage committee met with the reining group. But then that would require many in the elitist dressage group to swallow their pride, wouldn’t it?

  2. Robert Dover said,

    May 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    The FEI Dressage Task Force is working very hard to modify and modernize the system of judging in order to produce the most fair and understandable process achievable. Every subjective sport will always have more possibilities for having problems occur than will those which can be objectively scored. We have been looking at many other sports, including reining, and it is my hope that different methods of judging will be tested in the future to ensure the very best outcome for Dressage Sport.

  3. May 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Feel free to email me with your comments.

  4. Diana said,

    May 18, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you Diana. That sounds very encouraging. I am sure it is a difficult task at hand, as he says due to the subjectivity. It is good to know they seem to be open minded and all inclusive in the endeavor to develop the best scoring method.

    Have a great day!


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