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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we head into the busiest competition months, I'd just like to thank you all for your contribution to the sport. We truly appreciate the time and commitment you give to your judging engagements.

On the subject of judging, could I remind everyone that it's a requirement that we make a comment to support marks in the 6.0 range and below. This includes the half mark so is inclusive of 6.5. The more we support our marks with comments, the more the riders will understand what we're looking for.

I'd also like to take the time to thank Sara-Jane Lanning for her involvement throughout her term on the Judges’ Committee. As you may be aware, her term comes to an end in September when we will be welcoming Jenny Ward as her replacement. I’m sure you’ll agree that Jenny is an exciting addition to the committee.

Once again, we’ve seen an incredible number of judges come forward for examination and I'd like to send out my congratulations to those who've upgraded so far. Keep an eye out for the next magazine for the successful upgrades. For those who are coming forward for the Autumn dates, good luck!

The abundance of potential new judges has sparked a review and development of the judge education structure. The new system will be candidate focused with emphasis on supporting your training rather than the current examination focus. We hope that this will help you through your judge education pathway and guide you to a positive outcome from the process. After all, our sport should be about supporting and encouraging each other to reach our full potential.

As the redevelopment of the education system is finalised, we'll be sending out further communications to keep you updated. For now, good luck to those taking their exams, happy judging to those busy with engagements and watch this space!
Happy judging!

Peter Storr
Judges Director
Exam system and updates
Part 1 and 2 Exams

Thank you to the judges who have come forward for the Part 1 and 2 exams. Over 160 of you attempted these exams and the results have now been posted. We hope the wait isn’t too long and wish you the very best for your results.

Part 3

The Part 3 dates and venues have been confirmed as follows:
  • The Scottish National Equestrian Centre, West Lothian – Thursday 22 August 2019
  • Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray – Thursday 19 September 2019
  • West Wilts Equestrian Centre, North Trowbridge – Thursday 17 October 2019
We conducted a review of the current candidates and prioritised their regions initially for location of the exams.

As mentioned previously in the judge newsletters and the communication sent after the last exams, bookings for the Autumn Part 3 exams will run through a priority booking format. The priorities and the booking time frames are detailed below:

1. Candidates with Part 1 and 2 exams due to expire, and on the spring waiting list - Monday 15 July 2019 at 10:00am until Thursday 18 July 2019 at 10:00am

2. Candidates on the spring waiting lists - Thursday 18 July 2019 at 12:00pm until Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 10:00am
Candidates with Part 1 and 2 exams due to expire in 2019 and have not yet attempted Part 3  - Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 10:00am until Monday 29 July 2019 at 10:00am
All other candidates - open booking - Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 10:00am until Tuesday 6 August 2019 at 10:00am

We want to reassure you that there are minimal numbers in the first two priorities. Additionally, we've maximised capacity through amending the format of the exam to accommodate a higher number of candidates throughout the day. This ensures that we can accommodate more candidates across the exams than we've done previously.

Please note that we will only operate a wait list following the final booking window. Should there be a vast number of candidates on the wait list, we'll try and accommodate additional exam days where possible.

All candidates who qualify for each priority booking window will receive a reminder email before bookings open with the details of where and how to book with the link and password.
FEI Exams

The Judges’ Committee would like to announce that the decision has been made to extend the expiration date of the FEI level Part 1 and 2 exams. Previously they've expired after two years in line with the other levels. However, as FEI level candidates only have the opportunity to take their exams in January of each year, the committee have extend this expiration date to four years. This will allow the same number of exam opportunities as the candidates for the other levels. 
2019 Judges' list
Thank you to those judges who have already completed the booking to be included on the Judges’ Listing document. This has proved most valuable to organisers and we hope that it continues to be so.  If you would like to view the current version as of 21 June, please click below or visit the ‘Judge Updates’ page of the BD website.
Click here to download the updated Judges' list (as of 21 June 2019)
If you've not added your name to the list yet and give your permission to be included, please complete the form online: 
Click here to submit your details for the Judges' list
If your update of details has not yet been included, this is likely due to the export being taken before you've sent through your update. This will be included in the next amendment of the document in time for the next newsletter. 
National & regional seminars and judge training
This year we've seen our fastest ever ticket sales for the ever-popular Principles of Judging Seminar! We advise early booking so you don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting event.

Held at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, it’s an occasion not to be missed so make sure 5 - 6 October is in your diary. Presented by Isobel Wessels, Clive Halsall and Peter Storr the seminar will cover a range of topics including way of going, lateral work, scale of marks and many more! Whether you’re a judge, coach, rider or owner, It should prove an educational and inspiring day. The full timetable has been released and it looks like a cracker with some great sessions planned. 

If you’re a Listed Judge up to and including List 3A, it will even count as your annual CPD seminar. For those who are yet to attend their annual seminar, this will be your final opportunity.

There's an opportunity to attend a three course evening meal on Saturday which gives the ideal opportunity to socialise with other judges, members of Judges Committee and staff from Head Office You can also book on-site accommodation at reasonable rates.
Click here to buy your Principles of Judging tickets
Olympia 2019

For List 1, 2 and 2a Judges, Olympia 2019 is a national seminar and counts as your CPD requirement for the year. The ever informative event will be presented by retired FEI 5* and currently German listed judge Dr Dieter Schüle.

The dates and booking details are as follows: 

Monday 16th December 2019 (The FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix) - click here to book
Tuesday 17th December 2019 (The FEI Dressage World Cup™ GP Freestyle To Music) - click here to book
As always, we recommended early booking! Tickets cost £90 and this includes ticket entry to Olympia, a classroom session and evening performance commentary with the presenter. Great value for money!
DVD Training

Once again we'll be offering the opportunity to view the DVD clips from the Part 2 exams held in June. This proved a very popular training opportunity and bookings will be open from 22 July 2019 at 10:00am via the Bookwhen page until Thursday 1 August. The videos will be available on the video sharing website known as Vimeo. All details about viewing will be sent through in the joining instructions following bookings. Bookings will cost £10 which gives one month’s viewing.
click here for the Bookwhen page

Throughout 2019, your regions will be working hard to arrange Judge Training of all types to meet your needs. To find the current list of Regional Seminars and Trainee Judge Induction Days visit the website or you can contact your Regional Development Officer or Regional Judge Representative.
Training at the LeMieux National Championships

We'll once again be offering judge training during the National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Please click here for updates on the judge training as it's scheduled.
Upgrades as of July 2019
Huge congratulations from all of us at British Dressage and the Judges Committee to those who've upgraded in 2019 so far.All the judges who've upgraded so far will be included in the next edition of the BD Magazine.

List 1: Anne Keen, Richard Baldwin, Fiona Wilson
List 2A: Sharon Butterworth, Nikki Herbert
List 3: Liz Marlow, Helen Evelyn-Wood, Julie Hayes, Donna Beha-Taylor, Paula Sherwood, Sally Bell, Kelly Bergheim, Karla Knapp, Lise Roberts
List 4: Geraldene Kynaston, Joanne Wainwright, Sylvia Charlton, Sophia Cox, Caroline Lockie, Susan Dent, Emma Bond, Tom Graham, Alex McNamara, Keri Bates
List 5: Yvonne Wood, Nicoll Barker, Lyn Barley, Jessica Hulme, Sophy Yeoman, Tanya Reid, Marion Eaves, Tina Kazmi, Lynn du Toit, Karen Craddock, Andrea Peel, Anne Price, Catherine Heaney, Clare Hunter, Samantha Rea, Sarah Lewins, Suzie Trelawney, Brenda Pamplin, Suzanne Jackson, Martine Harbour, Nina Boex, Aliana Webster, Zoe Barwell, Susan Haskell, Sandra Jones, Isobel Goodwin, Jana Seehawer, Pip Frankish, Louise Booth
List 6: Kate Ness, Mary Bradbury, Rebecca Parsonage, Ellen Eatough, Jane Ratcliffe, Justine Hare, Chantelle Marie Oliver-Symonds, Samantha Morrison, Cedric Keith McVittie, Christy Shuall, Julie Jones, Tracey Lovegrove, Rachel Crook, Shirley Foley, Diana Glassett, Laima Davies, Lucy Anderson
This is a total of 73 upgrades with the PSG, Inter I and Autumn Part 3 dates still to go! We wish all the best to those who are coming forward for their exams during the rest of the year.
Updates and reminders
Test sheets

Judges should be aware of the watermarked version of the test sheets which reduce the occurrence of copied sheets. Should any judge become aware of any ’illegal’ tests sheets, please report this to the Officials inbox.
Reinstatement of judges

Following clarification from the committee, can we draw your attention to the update on the process for the reinstatement of retired judges. Please note the criteria below:
  • All judges wishing to reinstate need to attend an annual seminar to meet the CPD requirements of remaining a listed judge.
  • If the judge has been retired for under three years they only need to attend a seminar.
  • If the judge has been retired three or more years, they will to attend a seminar and complete an oral evaluation.
  • If the judge has been retired five or more years then they need come forward for retesting.
 Any updates on retirements or reinstatements must be communicated to Sophia Monington via email.
Advertising on Judges’ cars

Please note that advertisement on the cars of judges is not permitted. Advertisements cannot be displayed due to potential conflict with sponsorships and venues and so should be covered during competitions.
Payment of judges at Premier Leagues

Please refer to the rule on page 184 of the BD Members' Handbook 2019 which clarifies the rate is is £2 per  horse
Rule reminder

We'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of the BD rules on blood on horses. If blood is seen anywhere on the horse during riding in or the test, the rider should be stopped, informed and must withdraw from the competition. Please ensure that you refresh your understanding of this rule which can be found on page 13 of the 2019 Members' Handbook.
BD approved tack and equipment guide

The mid-year updated version of this handy guide to permitted bridles, saddles, bits and equipment was issued on 16 June in time for the change of season to Winter. Download a copy and keep handy for reference. 
Welcome to our new Regional Judge Representatives

It's with great excitement we welcome three new Regional Judge Representatives - congratulations Richard Baldwin (Central), Brenda Pamplin (North West) and Denise Glanville (North West) and welcome to your BD role.
Judges' Committee update
We soon bid a fond farewell to remarkable committee member Sara-Jane Lanning so it's with bittersweet pleasure we welcome Jenny Ward as the new Test Representative. The committee would like to thank Sara-Jane for her commitment and contribution during her term. We are sure you will join us in wishing her the very best for her future endeavours and welcome Jenny into this exciting opportunity.
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