for the first time in ages i am really excited about some of the topriders.... and i am thrilled with the results (for the most part) ...
i believe the wins of the ugly hand riding rides are over. because when you think about it.... what dressage is about and what is stated in the rules, is harmony and lightness... not power above all.
so i give 4 starts out of 5 to the judges who should of scored the dutch much lower but did manage to reward rides that deserved it
one thing i think top level competitions, especially the Olympics need is live scoring on our screens.... they do it for other sports why not dressage? it was maddening to not know what scores were being given!
it is so nice to hear an almost audible letting go of collective held breath of the dressage community at large as the harsh riding seems to be loosing traction.....
and a final ps - for the poster that commented on German riding being harsh - there are some German riders who ride harshly - but traditional German system riding is very very far from harsh.... when the Germans ride as their tradition dictates is is beyond beautiful....(see Damon Hills rides, I Klimke, M Theodorescu, et al) especially when German traditional school is mixed with a french influence (ala Theodorescu, etc)
Ifyou go to the London 2012 site and click the plus sign for each rider (under the results tab), it gives their overall score and rank by judge. Wish they broke it into artistic and technical by judge, but they do give an overall technical and artistic, and Charlotte's overall artistic score was higher. I think that's a typo on EuroDressage, because the math doesn't work.
Am I the only one who saw the blue tongue in that close-up of Parzival? That is deserving of a silver medal? Makes me mad and sad all at the same time.
On the comment about Germans not being soft I am going to have to vehemently disagree, with all due respect. Aggressive? Yes. Is that a bad thing? Well... no, not in my experience. My trainer has lived here in the US for almost 3 years now but grew up training and showing in Germany. Her philosophy and the philosophy she was taught in Germany is: 80% seat, 15% leg and 5% hanbds. By aggression, I mean, she asks for 150% of both horse and rider (with in reason) but rewards 200%. She INSPIRES me, Frodo is responding well and is very happy in his work and we are progressing.
I digress. I really enjoyed the rides of the Germans, Americans and British, among others, I think Charlotte deserved that gold. Her tears of joy blew me away but also her love and gratitude for Valego.
I think Steffen thanked Ravel. I love Steffen's soft expression when he interacted with Ravel.
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