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Dressage Judges and Officials Newsletter - July 2022

July 12, 2022

“In life you realise there is a role for everyone you meet.

Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you.

But others that are truly important, are the ones that bring out the best in you. 

They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it”




Welcome to

Renee Dewar, Amanda Matheson and Cass Garrett,

who are now Novice (F) level Judges.

Way to go girls.


The year is already half gone, so don’t forget to check the Calendar of Seminars/Workshops.

The 2022 workshops and seminars can be found here.

The National Officals calendar can be found here.

New Rule Changes as at 1 July 2022

Rule 1.5 – Incorporation of Sensory Hair Rule

Rule 1.6 – Introduction of Recorded Warning Cards

Other minor updates which have been picked up as typos, clarifications or  changes made previously in one part of the rule book and not picked up  in another.

The updated summary can be found here HERE.

Don’t forget to make your self familiar with the new dressage rules as of 1 July 2022 HERE


In 2021 DQOSC developed a support plan for judges who were just beginning their career through to elementary level.

This came about from a review, where the most judges being lost to QLD were the G to E level. The feedback received included comments of “left to fend for myself” or “being unsupported”  once they became a G level judge. On obtaining their “E” level, judges tended to remain in the system and progress up the levels in line with their ability and commitment.

And so, the committee felt a “structured” support scheme was needed for all levels but especially G-E level judges.

Now each candidate has a team of a specific Judge Educator (chosen by the committee) and Judge Mentor (chosen by the candidate) as a safe point of contact for any questions, concerns and of course “how to” make their path for accreditation and progression up the levels.

It was so successful that in 2022 we have over twice as many judges taking up the scheme.

Our committee will definitely be continuing this project to develop and keep our judging colleagues!

In Memoriam: Equestrian community mourns Para Equestrian Dressage legend Jonquil Solt OBE (GBR) 1933-2022

The Equestrian community has lost a wonderful and dedicated ambassador whose contributions and relentless efforts to develop Para Equestrian have made the sport what it is today.

Jonquil Solt, aged 88, was an icon and driving force within the Para Dressage community, and is credited with setting up the international infrastructure necessary to develop Para Equestrian sport including the first World Championships in the late 1980s which would lead to the inclusion of Para Dressage in the Paralympic Games for the first time at Atlanta (USA) in 1996, where Jonquil Solt was President of the Ground Jury.

Solt was also part of the cooperation agreement which eventually saw Para Dressage become an FEI discipline in 2006, and in doing so, making it the first Paralympic sport to leave the IPC and join an international governing body, alongside and on an equal footing with able bodied athletes.

A life devoted to Para Equestrian sport - whether it be as former chair of the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) and the FEI Para Equestrian Committee, or as Para Dressage Judge, Steward or Technical Delegate - has earned Solt numerous accolades throughout her career. In 1999 she won the European Women of Achievement Awards in the humanitarian category and in 2013 she received the Paralympic Order for her fundamental contribution to the Paralympic Movement. Solt was furthermore awarded the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to riding for the disabled.

Jonquil was a wonderful woman who was instrumental in me becoming an FEI Para Judge ‘way back when’. The last time I saw her was when we had lunch together at the London Paralympics. Para Dressage is in debt to this wonderful woman.

EXPANDING MY JUDGE EDUCATION - Kerrie Swan Bates – FEI 3* Judge - Tasmania

On Monday 24th May I embarked on a very long flight to Germany for a two-week stint to gain further experience in my judging journey. With Covid lockdowns limiting overseas travel for over two years I was excited to finally be travelling again with the opportunity to further my personal development and enhance my judging skills.

Earlier in the year I checked the FEI website for show listings so I could establish which shows were in fairly close proximity and about a week apart. I also needed to contact the show organisers for their approval and confirm with the ground jury members that they were happy to host both sit-in and shadow judge assessments.

Munich and Wiesbaden CDI OCs kindly agreed to my requests and the competition dates of 26-29th May and 3-7th June were perfect timing.

Both shows are held at glorious venues, Munich CDI on the site of the 1976 Olympics and Wiesbaden CDI in the park grounds of the beautiful pink Baroque Castle ‘Biebrich Palace’. The nearby towns also offered some great tourist, sightseeing and shopping activities to keep me occupied between my educational commitments.

I was able to undertake sit-ins at GP, GPS, GP Kur and Inter 2 level also all ages for YH classes. The ‘Nurnberger Burgpoker’ class (for developing young PSG horses) and the ‘Louisdor Cup’ (for developing young GP horses) were two of many highlights, these classes give the developing horses the pathway to the big tour and have proven very successful over the years in bringing many talented horses through to the FEI levels and top sport. These qualification classes are run during the competition year in Germany and the highly coveted final is conducted at the Frankfurt CDI in December.

The two shows were wonderful experiences, I am very grateful to the many mentor judges who were so accommodating and shared freely their extensive experiences and knowledge. Also, to my husband Nick for holding the fort at home in my absence so that I could have this amazing opportunity to consolidate my judging and complete exam pre-requisites as I work towards an FEI upgrade.

Geriatric Dressage Day

From a competitor at the 2 July Geriatric Dressage Day at QSEC.  Thanks to Corby Cunnington for this great and popular concept where so much fun was had by judges and competitors.

In the haze of my youth
I dreamed of Grand Prix
But today I’m here praying
I do 2 B

The challenge all starts
With the first centre line
While sensible friends
Sit on beaches with wines

Sit up, shoulders back,
Don’t ever look down,
Try to look happy
Get rid of that frown

Enter at A
And down the line straight
Up with my height
And down with my weight

By X there’s an issue-
I’ve forgotten the test
Yell louder, dear caller
I’m lost and I’m stressed

I’m completely distracted
So is my horse
Is that the darned bell?
Is this an error of course

Forget the forward movement
The cadence divine
I can’t even make
The first centre line.

Somewhere we trot
Circle bigger and smaller
All thanks to the shouts
Of my intrepid test caller

Somehow, we finish
And exit at A
Alive and onboard
We are doing OK

Australian Para Equestrian Team

Congratulations to our Para Dressage riders (Amelia White, Emma Booth and Tilda Carnegie) who have recently competed at the Kronenberg (Netherlands) and Breugelhoeve (Belgium) CPEDI3* events. All have obtained qualifying scores for WEG, to be held in July.

There are also several Dressage riders, based in Europe, that are  vying for a place in the Australian WEG team. 

The latest news is at

Good luck to you all.

‘Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary’

‘Life’s biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon, and wise too late’


Take care everyone



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