JUDGES CONVENTION 2018 – BISHOP BURTON
This important annual Convention is one with which BDSC has been associated for some time. We support British Dressage, together with title sponsor NAF and PetPlan Equine, in ensuring that judges have the best possible information and advice from the top. Using the splendid facilities at Bishop Burton College, that well known duo, Stephen Clarke, FEI 5* judge & Judge General, and Ferdi Eilberg, top international trainer. reprised their by now familiar routine, with Stephen judging and giving feedback to the riders and then Ferdi taking over, working with riders to improve their horses’ way of going to glean extra marks from Stephen. In spite of all the riders being more than competent and, in several cases, very experienced riders and trainers, it was notable that Ferdi and Stephen kept returning to the mantra of rhythm, rhythm and rhythm. This, allied with the correct use of corners, correct positioning, keeping the hind legs engaged and the forward uphill tendency maintained, with a light but equal and even contact, made considerable improvements. Inevitably, the Convention ends up being very much a training day, in all senses, and plenty of riders, owners and trainers find it valuable - and judges are surely better for being totally au fait with training. We were privileged to watch some beautiful horses and their riders improve under the watchful eyes of our two presenters and each combination rose to the occasion. Riders included Bryony Goodwin, Becky Moody, Amy Woodhead, Jayden Brown, Lisa Marriott. Everyone concerned with the organization of the Convention are very grateful that owners, riders, sponsors, and the sell-out audience, are happy to continue to support the Convention.