January 14, 2011
Online Dressage Test Judging...where do you stand?
When I created this website I was very naive about the dressage world as a whole and especially about how people would feel about the concept of videotaped dressage testing. I have had many different responses when I discuss my company, from extremely positive to horribly negative. I think for the most part amateur riders like myself have been really happy with the idea of an opportunity to film themselves riding at home and have the ride judged by a licensed judge. Most of my negative feedback has been from judges and those involved in the business of showing. The negative criticism seems to center around this concept taking riders from shows who are already hurting for competitors (the economy is rough on everybody). I was a bit surprised by this at first, because it really was the farthest thing from my mind. I still like to compete when I am able, and plan to ride in shows for many years to come, and I OWN a videotaped testing service.
What I would love to do is start a dialog about the positives and negatives of this new technology, I really want to hear from people about if online showing could alter their "real" showing plans...or if they view this as an adjunct to their training and riding development. I would love to hear from professionals and amateurs, and value every one's unique perspective.