Well trained, experienced Stewards are an absolute necessity at our major Dressage events. Many a problem has been avoided or solved by our small band of qualified Stewards.
DV has been encouraging clubs to also use accredited Stewards at local competitions. DV recently resolved to make the use of accredited Stewards compulsory at all EV Dressage competitions from 1.1.2016. Over the next six months DV will conduct a Steward’s Seminar to which each club will be aksed to send a willing trainee or two to the sessions. Stay tuned for Steward’s Seminar date.
To help pay for the support DV needs from the Dressage Coordinator in the EV office we have been collecting the Dressage Levy of $1 per EA test ridden in Victoria. To help pay for training and ongoing support of our Victorian judges and to cover the cost of occasional random swabbing of horses at local competitions DV have resolved to increase the Dressage Levy to $2 per test.
The DJEP conduct a number of Seminars and workshops each year to train new judges and reaccredit current judges. These sessions can easily cost $1,000 each. Judges cannot be expected to pay the full cost of their training as they are not hugely rewarded for their judging. Judges are a precious asset that we all need to support. This levy increase should collect about $3,000 for this cause.
While random swabbing takes place at major championships we have not had the resources to conduct swabbing at local competitions. If we commit part of the Dressage Levy to this purpose EV competitors will be able to rest easy in the knowledge that occasional random swabbing is maintaining the integrity of our sport.
Dressage Victoria Meeting summary by the Riders Rep.
Riders requested that several topics be raised;
1. Discussion of use of digital technology in regard to Freestyle music. A prominent freestyle expert in Victoria has pledged to write an 'idiots guide' to converting music into this digital format and perhaps set up a 'help line' for those of us like me- a self confessed dinosaur!.
It means that music can be sent to OC in advance via internet and thus will eliminate glitches. This will probably be at the big events and may have a 2 year phase in period. It has not been approved Australia wide yet but it sounds good. Stay tuned!...literally!
2. Several Grand Prix riders have asked that whenever there is a CDI, ( International qualification competition) such as Melbourne 3DE, that CDN ( National competition) be held for obvious reasons; reduce costs, less elitist, more participation and better use of money spent engaging these high quality judges. The CDN horses could possibly be the CDI horses of the future. Riders elect to ride in CDN Grand Prix for a number of reasons; horse too green to warrant International competition, horse not quite up to International competition, wanting to go to a new level slowly etc , but at the same time these riders would love to have feed back from International judges.
Whilst Melbourne 3Day Event to be held in June is an international qualifying event for the top event riders, Melbourne 3DE has also agreed to allow a CDI for dressage to be scheduled in for the weekend. There are only 14 spaces allocated to horses not competing in the International Eventing qualification- these spaces have been taken by the CDI horses (international dressage horses seeking qualifications). The rules are quite complicated with' vetting in' and secure areas I believe for, quarantine , drug administration etc- It's a learning curve for me and I don’t pretend to have all the facts however I think I have the gist of the information above relatively right! I was assured by DV that because of these rules and lack of space it would be impossible to run CDN classes.
However, the DV panel stated that at every other CDI held in Victoria , CDN classes are run....yay!
Try to get down to Werribee and watch some great combinations heat up for Rio!
I’m sure the EV will be promoting this event and information such as the draw , scheduling etc as time draws nearer
3.Electronic Score Boards. The ones that show scores instantly after every movement as seen overseas and I believe, once down here at Werribee. Many riders are of the opinion that this would be fantastic- obvious benefits; education, understanding, audience participation, excitement etc. There is some discussion under way at the very real possibility of introducing this at the very big shows!
There will be a summary of other issues discussed at the DV meeting in the EV newsletter- its worthwhile reading!!!!!
Please PM or email me if you would like to discuss any issues- I'm always out and about- competing at Treehaven on Sunday.
cheers and happy riding!
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Application For Victorian Dressage Squad
RIDERS MAY NOW APPLY FOR INCLUSION IN THE VICTORIAN DRESSAGE SQUAD FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. Please complete the application form on the EV website and forward to Rae Ansell at
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 30TH 2015
If you have trouble finding the form, please email Rae and she will forward a form to you.
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
This forms the basis for rules and requirements for acceptance into the Victorian Dressage Squad valid from July 1st 2015 to December 2015 when performances will be reviewed.
Horse and rider combinations will be accepted if they fulfil the following criteria:
Horses with scores from Elementary upwards
Current members of E.V.
Scores for Freestyles are not permitted
Members must be prepared to sign an Athletes Agreement which will be supplied to each rider who qualifies with scores
REQUIRED SCORES AS FOLLOWS -3 scores from Official Competitions in Australia or overseas
Elementary to Advanced – 3 scores of 70% or above
FEI – SMALL TOUR/MEDIUM TOUR – 3 scores of 65% or above
FEI –LARGE TOUR – 3 scores of 63% or above
Scores are valid from January 1st to June 30th 2015
Riders with 2 scores at the required level or 3 almost equalling the above, please also submit as we are planning to set up a reserve list which may from time to time be invited to the training days.