Round Two

Today was the second day of the USDF FEI Trainers Conference. Clinicans Lilo Fore and Hans-Christian Matthiesen did an excellent job today of facilitating learning for participants by asking demo riders to execute movements from certain tests, have the audience score the movements, each offer their own scores and reasoning, and then work with the rider to improve the the movement before executing the movement again and receiving a second round of scores. This format resulted in (what I found to be) more useful discussions about scoring methodology, how to make a movement better, and actually witnessing the movement improve, thereby receiving even higher scores from the audience, Lilo, and Hans-Christian. Thanks again to the Northern Ohio Dressage Association (NODA) for awarding me a grant to attend this event! I will be writing a follow-up article about the Trainers Conference for an upcoming NODA Newsletter.  

Hans-Christian explaining an aspect of the new FEI 7 Year Old Test to the audience. 

Hans-Christian explaining an aspect of the new FEI 7 Year Old Test to the audience.