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post #1 of 10 Old 06-02-2011, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Judge Levels

I was just curious if somebody could explain the different judge levels in dressage. I'm curious because I met somebody who said that they were an "L level judge" or something similar to that. I looked online and I just didn't find a simple description (or something that I could understand) of what I was looking for.

I apolgogize if this is a ridiculous question to ask! I've just always been curious.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-03-2011, 06:46 AM
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Nope, it's a good question. "L" is for a learner judge, that's the first level. "L" judges are capable of judging schooling shows, Pony Club rallies and, lower level combined training. An "L" judge judges intro and training level tests. Then there are small "r" for recorded, who judge through Second Level and large "R" for Registered judges who judge up through Fourth Level, then an "S" level who judges up through international levels.

There are very specific criteria for each rating: competing and scoring at certain levels, judging a certain number of tests, attending judging clincs, scoring well on the written and practical exams.

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Maura I think it may be different where the OP is, she is in Germany.

The levels are numbered here in the UK, and I can see L meaning something different in Germany as an L level test is something akin to an elementary/medium test (2nd/3rd level US I think) as far as I am aware

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Maura I think it may be different where the OP is, she is in Germany.

True,

In Canada they are completely different.

Only the "I" and the "O" judges are universal.
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Thank you all of your replies! I'm actually from the states and that's the the system I was thinking of when I posted the question. Lol But I did not realize that it changed in different countries. That's very interesting.

Once again thank you for your replies it is something I have always wondered about.
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Alycat, you may want to change your location in your profile to avoid this in future!

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haha good point! That may help! I don't post too often so I never really think about my location. Haha

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True,

In Canada they are completely different.

Only the "I" and the "O" judges are universal.
That's the old FEI ranking system. There was also another ranking below I and O. The new system is stars ie O is now 5*, etc..
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faye,

I assumed she was in the US because she asked specifically about the "L" designation. I wasn't aware of another system that had the "L" rating. Also, she has a Rita Mae Brown quote in her sig - that made me assume she was in the US.
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Yeah Rita Mae Brown is pretty big giveaway. Haha

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