Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges

Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges

Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges is an indispensable tool for judges and aspiring judges of all levels, and invaluable for riders who want to discover exactly what judges are looking for and how to achieve it. This valuable contribution to competitive dressage was written by leading FEI judge Wolfgang Niggli, an eminent figure in international dressage today. The author discusses the underlying principles of both classical equitation and the judging process itself, and includes a comprehensive history of Olympic dressage. Read more...

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Formerly a successful competitor in all major disciplines, author Wolfgang Niggli has been an international dressage judge since 1964 and has judged at three Olympic Games. Niggli has worked for many years to improve the consistency and standards of dressage judging. In this book, 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 marks, which produce the correct result and offer clear guidance to competitors. Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges analyzes the components 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 key movements up through Grand Prix, the author also discusses the intricacies of riding and judging musical freestyles. The second part of the book catalogues the history of Olympic dressage. Following an essay on the origins of Olympic dressage, there is a comprehensive year-by-year record of the development of test rules and changes, with reproductions of actual tests and competition results. This book is an indispensable tool for judges and aspiring judges of all levels, and invaluable for riders who want to discover exactly what dressage judges are looking for and how to achieve it.

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