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FEI Announces New Dressage Tests, New Championship Levels

Source :  FEI

New Dressage Tests
New tests for Children, Juniors, Young Riders were developed and would be effective as of 1 January 2003. The new Grand Prix Test 2003: two versions A and B will be available, both of them less than 6 minutes long.

Level of tests for Regional Championships and Games
As of 2003, the level will be raised and the following tests used for
South American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, Asian Games,
South East Asian Games, Balkan Championship:
• Prix St Georges
• Intermediate I
• Intermediate I Free Style

The same will apply to the Pan American Games in 2003, to be raised to
Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle in 2007.

Minimum score of 60% will be required for qualification at Young Riders
and Junior European Dressage Championship.

World Cup
The new World Cup formula proposed by the Dressage Committee was
approved by the Bureau on a test basis for 2003. A total of 18 riders
will compete; the 12 best riders after the Grand Prix will go through to
the Freestyle; the 6 other riders will compete in a Grand Prix Freestyle
Consolation competition.

Judging evaluation
A self-evaluation system of the judging after main events and
championships was successfully started this year in Aachen.

Future of Dressage
Dressage Committee presented a Memo on Dressage developed in cooperation
with riders, trainers and organisers to increase the interest in the
discipline. Many issues were analysed and a number of recommendations
issued such as:
• Promote Dressage on a global basis
• Shorter tests, more use of Kür to Music
• Clarify and communicate judges decisions
• More modern outfit

A plan for the implementation of the recommendations will be developed
in cooperation with the Strategic Planning Committee.

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