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Dressage Judges and Officials Newsletter - May 2022

May 12, 2022

You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.

You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.

You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.

You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.

So don’t wait for someone else to be kind first.

Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.

Just be kind because you never know how much someone needs it.


Date Claimer - Forum 28 January 2023

DQOSC Forum to be held at the Glen Hotel (same place that the  last face to face Forum was held).

More details to follow but put the date in your diary NOW!


Last month we advsied that Lisa Gall (G level Judge) had asked for a LOA - however Lisa is intending to judge for the rest of the year - so don’t forget about her!

Equestrian Queensland 2021 Annual Awards

Huge Congratulations to - 

Irene Bakels-Noreen (who along with Bev Chugg) won the Service to Sport Award.

Mary Seefried who won the Official of the Year Award

Anita Barton who won the Administrator of the Year Award

Dressage would not be what it is today without these wonderful women.

We salute you all.

All award winners can be found on the link here

Mary Seefried - Marsh Insurance Brokers Official of the Year Award 

Anita Barton - Redshed Business Advisors Administrator of the Year Award 

Irene Bakels-Noreen - Equestrian Queensland Next Gen Service to Sport Award 


Please check the link below to check for Seminars and Workshops you may be able to attend.

Remember we all have to do ‘something’ (either Seminar or Workshop) each year.

The 2022 workshops and seminars can be found here.

The National Officals calendar can be found here.

Tablets - not the sort you swallow!

There have been some mistakes made when the wrong ‘button’ is accidentally bumped (and who hasn’t experienced this). The rule of thumb is to give your comments first and then the mark. It takes time but always a good idea to check your marks/comments before you sign off on the test - just like we used to do with the paper sheets.

Please be advised that the summary of EA Dressage Rule Amendments effective 1 July 2022 can now be located on the EA website – HERE

Blackening horse’s hooves

And in addition, from 1 July the painting of horse’s hooves with ‘hoof black’ will not be permitted.  This is going into EA General Regulations.

Transparent oil is permitted. The wording is going to include ‘concealing the natural hoof colour’. So, painting with oil etc. is OK.

Judges Corner:

The Walk pirouette and not keeping true walk rhythm - how to mark- FEI Dressage Judges Handbook

At our A level Coffee and catch-up Zoom session the question of a faulty walk in the walk pirouette came up. It was a very good discussion.   To summarize and clarify.

As per the normal walk when the regularity is not always clear the mark should be below 6, or even lower (below 5) if truly ambling or pacing.

The same applies to the walk pirouette- the movement should be carried out in a clear and correct walk rhythm.

If the walk pirouette is clearly not in 4 beat rhythm THROUGHOUT, then the mark is below 5.  If it loses the 4 beat in the second part (and this can happen quite often because of lack of suppleness, stiffness and loss of activity) the mark should be below 6.   And if there is clear outside flexion then the mark should be below 6.

Happy judging
Mary Seefried

New criteria for Squad selection and AOR in Queensland

The DQ Squad selection criteria for 2023 is now available on the DQ website here

The most relevant criteria for officials to be aware of are:

  • Scores will be taken from all Dressage Queensland Official Competitive events, Australian CDIs, State Championships and National Championships. One score MUST come from a nominated selection event as relevant and described in specific squad selection criteria.
  • A minimum of two appropriate-level EA accredited judges must oversee the scoring of a class for a score to be deemed eligible for selection.

All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny -

* Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

* Everyone needs a friend who is all ears

* All work and no play can make you a basket case

* Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits

* Everyone is entitled to a bad ‘hare’ day

* Keep you paws off other people’s jellybeans

 Cute - hey!

Take care everyone . . . Sue

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