Tracking horse and rider falls plus other things the equestrian world is talking about

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  • Fall data

    Olympic gold medallist David O’Connor has urged all disciplines to start tracking falls as recent figures show around a quarter of eventing falls do not happen at cross-country fences. The FEI eventing committee chair highlighted the reduction in cross-country falls, during his address to the FEI general assembly (21 November). But he noted one “standout” figure is that 25% of total falls, which includes horse and/or rider falls, do not happen at cross-country fences. These include falls on the flat, in the other phases and warm-ups. “That’s a fairly stunning number,” said Mr O’Connor, suggesting other disciplines start tracking their fall data to start to understand more about this.

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    A winning debut

    Denmark’s Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour and Mount St John Freestyle have made a winning international debut together. Cathrine and Freestyle enjoyed a glowing start to their new partnership when they topped the Kronenberg CDI3* grand prix with a score of 81.20% on 1 December, and the following day won the grand prix special on 81.40%. “Freestyle you’re one in a billion, I’m speechless,” said Cathrine.

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    Dressage changes

    The 2024 British Dressage (BD) members’ handbook was released last Friday (1 December) and brought with it the much anticipated new dressage tests – as well as some key rule changes. We’ve broken down all the changers riders need to know. Where substantive changes have been made we’ve classified the test as a new test, even if some movements may also appear in older tests. Likewise, a lot of the tests have been reworded – we haven’t listed every change of language but we have where it has made a difference to how the test is ridden.

    Find out all you need to know about the new tests and rules

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