As I suspect is the case for many event riders, I have a recurring nightmare about dressage. I’m walking out of the ring at an event, where I’ve just ridden the test of my life. So good, in fact, that on my way back to the trailer I’m already congratulating myself, bragging to friends that I’ve definitely scored in the teens. Certainly I’m several points ahead of the competition. I untack, feed my mare a bag of carrots, and head off to retrieve my test, which I come to discover is written in another language, in characters I can’t even decipher. The TD can’t explain it either, other than to say that a dressage judge’s marks are never up for debate.
The USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) is responsible for educating the next generation of officials and encouraging members of the eventing community to get involved as licensed officials, including judges, technical delegates, and course designers. The safe running of competitions relies on quality officials as they guarantee that all safety rules and precautions are adhered to.