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Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003
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This title discusses the underlying principles of both classical equitation and the judging process itself. The author explains how the judge's equestrian knowledge must be combined with the highest standards of analytical thought and integrity to produce fair, unbiased and consistent marking, which produces the correct result and offers clear guidance to the competitors. The book then analyses the component elements of dressage tests, explains what judges are looking for, and why, and offers clear concise guidance as to how riders can perform the movements correctly in order to achieve high marks. In addition to discussing all the key movements up to Grand Prix level, the author provides a thoughtful analysis of the intricacies of riding and judging freestyle to music tests. The second part of the book catalogues the history of Olympic dressage. Following an essay on the origins of dressage as an Olympic sport, there is a year-by-year record of the development of key rules and changes to the tests. All the actual tests ridden are reproduced and full results of all competitions are provided."Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges" offers a book for judges and aspiring judges of all levels and should be useful for all riders who want to discover exactly what judges are looking for and how to achieve it. It should also provide interesting reading for everyone with an interest in the historical development of competition dressage. Wolfgang Niggli is one of the most eminent figures in international dressage. Formerly a successful competitor in all the major disciplines, he has been an international dressage judge since 1964 and has judged at numerous major events, including three Olympic Games. For many years, Niggli has worked to improve the consistency and standards of dressage judging.
About the Author
Wolfgang Niggli is one of the most eminent figures in international dressage. Formerly a successful competitor in all the major disciplines, he has been an international dressage judge since 1964 and has judged at numerous major events, including three Olympic Games. From 1981-1993 he was Chairman of the REI Dressage Committee and he remains an honorary member of the FEI Bureau. For many years, Niggli has worked to improve the consistency and standards of dressage judging, and has held courses and seminars worldwide to that end. In recent years, he has spent an increasing proportion of his time helping riders, giving clinics on a broad international basis. Now, he has marshalled his knowledge and experience to offer clear guidelines to both riders and judges in one book.
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The text is divided into two sections, the first of which deals with the basic breakdown of any dressage test working logically from overall impressions up through basic movements and onward to the advanced elements of piaffe and passage. Each of these chapters is illustrated with fantastic photographs and clear helpful diagrams which demonstrate not only faults but also present an ideal for imitation. The chapter covering the paces is particularly clear on explaining exactly what judges are (or should be!) looking for in each of the types of pace. This section concludes with a fascinating discussion of judging freestyle competitions, including a reproduction of an FEI marking sheet for freestyle at Grand Prix level.
Part Two of the book is a detailed history of dressage at the Olympic Games which reproduces details of all the dressage tests at each Games from 1912-2000 and illustrates them with photographs of competitors, list of participating countries and the individual scores of the medal winners and their rivals. This whole section is strangely compelling reading...
For anyone involved in dressage, either as judge or rider, this is without doubt among the most helpful explanations of the all important difference between a 7 and an 8 for any movement. The book as a whole is a lovely big chunky thing with high production values and a clean intelligent layout. It would be nice though if perhaps the first half could be produced separately from the Olympic history section as a smaller volume at a lower price for the benefit of those who are not quite as thrilled by statistics and tables of data as some of us are!