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DoD System debuted in Odense

The new Degree of Difficulty (DoD) Freestyle Judging System was used for the very first time at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage qualifier in Odense.

Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez riding Lorenzo for Spain (photo © Annette Boe Ostergaard/FEI).

Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez riding Lorenzo for Spain
(photo © Annette Boe Ostergaard/FEI).

It will be implemented throughout the 2016/2017 Western European League and will be evaluated on a regular basis, welcoming feedback from organisers, IT providers, judges, riders and trainers.

This new system has been developed to make the judgement of the degree of difficulty in freestyle presentations more transparent and to ensure that the assessment of the various difficulties is the same for each rider, depending on the quality of the execution.

“Overall it went well…It is a learning curve where everyone still has a lot to learn.” Susanne Baarup, Ground Jury President – said about the new Degree of Difficulty (DoD) Freestyle Judging System which was introduced today. “It was challenging for the judging when some of the riders did not stick to their initial floor plan but it as a good development for the sport, and towards the end of the class we saw very high quality riding.”