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Stephen Clarke: ‘Judges need competition practice, too’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Stephen Clarke on how judges have had to adapt to challenges in 2020.

Stephen Clarke is a five-star international judge and has held the position of FEI dressage judge general since 2013.

No one could have imagined a year ago that the world would be plunged into the dreadful crisis we now find ourselves in. But in it we are, and we have had no choice but to sink or swim. Fortunately the human race is very adaptable, and we can take heart from all the examples of positivity and resilience of so many amazing people out there.

Even though it seems we are currently in the middle of the darkest period of this pandemic, our incredible scientists have given us a light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine that has been developed with miraculous speed and efficiency, which will hopefully take the pressure off the wonderful NHS in the foreseeable future, as well as saving many lives.

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