DRESSAGE NEWSLETTER 13/5/19 

RE:   
IMPLEMENTATION of NEW TESTS
TECHNICAL MANUAL
JUDGE & RIDER OFFICIAL CLINICS
JUDGE EXAMS & LEVELS  
FREESTYLE RULES

 NEW TESTS: The Dressage Board met on 9th May and were updated on the current situation re the new tests.  This has been a very long and complicated process, as it is not just a matter of changing tests.  The Test Review Committee and Sport Manager are working hard on all aspects of the changeover.

The Board agreed an updated timeline working towards official implementation of 1 August for competitions. This date will give riders and judges more time to familiarise prior to RE if this date can be achieved.

 

Proposed Implementation timeline

20/05/2019

Advise Areas of test numbers/names for schedules

10/06/2019

Post tests on web site

10/06/2019

Scoring system test

1/07/2019

Test Books Available for sale

1/08/2009

Areas can use subject to final approval

1/09/2019

Tests Implemented at all events. 2013 version becomes obsolete

 

This may be subject to some changes to trying to meet timelines to be able to get the full package of tests to go on website and also test book production.  It is hoped to get the full range of new tests on the website mid-June with the new Test Book being available early July. 

 

Judges Technical Manual: This will require updating to bring it current with the rules and levels relating to the new system and keep things in line with Australia. I would hope to get most of this complete by end of July also.  

 

Official Clinics will be available around the country during August so that everyone can learn about the new tests and levels.  These Clinics as usual are open to all riders, judges, trainers and any other interested parties so please encourage everyone in your Areas to attend these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinic Dates & Contacts

3rd August        Canterbury                  Linda Warren-Davey (ponytail007@xtra.co.nz)

4th August        Waitemata                  Judith Cunningham (hoofs@xtra.co.nz

11th August      Waikato                       Michelle Paterson (info@superiorrubbersurfaces.co.nz

11th August      Nelson                         Suzanne Inglis (sooze.inglis@gmail.com)

17th August      Mosgiel                       Barbara Chalmers (barbara.chalmers99@gmail.com)

25th August      Southern HB                Mary Craine (marycraine@xtra.co.nz)  
31st August      Gisborne                      Sue Harris (taimoti@xtra.co.nz)  

 

JUDGES EXAMS: Our examination process for A level judges will be finalised by mid-July and I will be able to send out a full list of new Levels of Judges to all Areas by end of July.

JUDGES LIST REVISED LEVELS: A full new list of Levels of Judges will be forwarded to all Areas by the end of July and will also be on the ESNZ website under Profiles/Officials and in a .pdf format

ACCREDITED JUDGES may act as a member of a Ground Jury at events or competitions within NZ at the following levels:

JUDGING LEVELS:

G LEVEL:               May judge up to and incl. Preliminary level

F LEVEL:                May judge up to and incl.  Novice level

E LEVEL:              May judge up to and incl.  Medium level

D LEVEL:               May judge up to and incl. Advanced Medium level

C LEVEL:               May judge up to and incl. Advanced level

B LEVEL:               May judge up to and incl. Small tour (PSG/Inter 1)

A LEVEL:              May judge up to and incl.  Grand Prix level

Every third year all dressage judges are required to re-accredit with Dressage NZ (ESNZ) using the re-accreditation form and complete an Open Rule Book Test.  Once a judge has re-accredited, they will appear on the Officials List and can be found in the Officials search on the ESNZ website.

Shadow judging and Sit In forms have been adjusted to be much more user friendly and these will be included in the revised Technical Manual and on the website for downloading together with other relevant forms.

Upgrading judges must apply to do so, in writing, to their respective Area Judges Officer who will then submit to the National Judges Officer.   Applications will be invited by JSC on an annual basis in July of each year.

ELIMINATION IN FREESTYLE TESTS: The Planning Forum discussed amending DR Rule 441.1 and the recommendation is that under DR NZL rules, there will be no  “elimination” for movements above level in freestyle tests in the future, instead there will be a penalty in the Technical marks if a rider “deliberately” does an illegal movement.  This rule will be added also to the bottom of freestyle test sheets, so it is clear to everyone. (EFFECTIVE when new rule book published)

Sue Hobson

Dressage NZ National Judges Officer/ Chair Test Review Committee

10/5/19