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    11-24-2009, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
I don't believe it's un-related at all.

It used to be a cardinal sin to have a horse behind the vertical for a part of the test, let alone the whole thing.

Yet how ridiculously high are Totilas's scores, which a head behind the vertical an entire test? Anky's horses? Countless others? Broken at the third vertebrae, and their poll is never the highest point--because they are pulled into position.

I tend to think they are very related.
If a judge is willing to overlook these things for a little icing on their paycheque, bargain deals on horses or for lavish meals and accommodations, then it is not related to Rolkur at all. Even without Rolkur, there are judges who would be willing to overlook other things like rhythm mistakes, a jump behind in the ones, etc.. for money.
There are a lot of scandals that go on about judges accepting bribes, it is just very well swept under the rug.
Why do you think Mariette Withages resigned from the FEI dressage committee, three months after she judged at the olympics and Isabelle won the silver medal and team gold after her horse was severely disobedient in the test?? Hmmm I wonder.
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    11-24-2009, 05:35 PM
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I didn't know that........ Yeah, I didn't get why Isabelle got such high marks for such a poor test
    11-24-2009, 05:41 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
I didn't know that........ Yeah, I didn't get why Isabelle got such high marks for such a poor test
It's all about the money!

Remember all the figure skating scandals back a few years?? It's the exact same thing.
    11-24-2009, 07:27 PM
And the exact reason why it may be dropped from the olympics in the future!

Possibly the ONLY thing that may make them change their standards and their judges.
    11-25-2009, 01:19 AM
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Wow, I think people are taking competition to dangerous extremes these days, not just the dressage stars like Anky but in wp and every other arena too. I think there needs to be a major house cleaning with all of those jusdes that have been around for years and years and manage to go bling for those few top riders who are willing to grease the palm a bit to get better marks and get away with some serious no nos. This is ridiculous and goes against the training principles of any discipline.
I would gladly be the first to walk out in the iddle of a class of those big wig dressage stars and throw down a yellow card to each of them, and then laugh at them for making such idiots of themselves. Then I would tie their chins to their chests and make tham walk around like that so they could see how it feels.
Yes I know a bit extreme and over dramatic, but this kind of stuff steams me to no end. I am glad the FEI is looking into stopping this ridiculous practice.
    11-25-2009, 04:55 AM
The FEI isn't 'looking into' stopping this at all. They just want to quiet the masses after the Blue Tongue video.

Kind of feels eerily like the Tennessee Walker Association, where the people who run it support Big Lick and want nothing to do with actually bettering the sport for the horses.
    11-25-2009, 06:48 AM
Hopefully a step in the right direction - lets see if they put their words into action.
    11-25-2009, 06:08 PM
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mayfieldk Ya know, the same thought popped into my head too, sounds just like the big lickers. There is too much money changing hands for anyone to seriously want to help the animals. Hopefully I am wrong, but I am Definitely not too hopeful.

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