Introducing the Judges
Mechlem is one of only twenty Dressage judges in the world who can award the
Certificate of Capability required for Olympic participation. He is renowned
to be one of the best Dressage judges in the world.
After the competition, he said
"The organisation of this
competition was very good, and I was impressed with the number of horses who participated
it was two hundred or so, wasnt it? It was good to see the competition for
young riders because good juniors make good seniors! Not very often do you have a
show with all levels in Europe, as there are just too many horses and the organisers could
not manage it. At this show you could see how the horse develops from young through
to Grand Prix".
"There has been a definite improvement. Last time I saw 2 or 3 good horse and rider combinations at the higher levels. This time I saw 6 or 7 who were above average".Linda Zang (USA) Linda has been a member of the International FEI Dressage Committee since 1995. She has judged at several world cup finals including Atlanta in 1996 and the World Equestrian Games in 1998. Linda has competed in Dressage for the United States on an International level for many years before becoming a respected judge at an International level. This is Linda Zangs second visit to Australia. After the competition, she said . This event was of a real International standard and equal to anything held in the USA. Saturday nights program was very well put together with the singing, fashion parade, the horses and the cars - it was really good! The standard of riding and the horses has really improved dramatically since my last visit and there were some excellent combinations. Kathinka de Monchy (NZ) Kathinka started judging in the Netherlands before she and her husband and three sons immigrated to New Zealand in 1981. Her mentor was the late Jaap Pot, who inspired her to become an International Judge. She has judged in the Netherlands, Australia, the USA and New Zealand. Mary Seefried (Australia) Mary started her equestrian competition career in Horse Trials and Showjumping. After marriage, Mary switched to competitive Dressage and has successfully competed in National competitions at FEI level. She became an FEI International judge in 1983 and was appointed as Australias first O Level Judge in 1998. She judges regularly in Europe and in 1999 judged at the World Cup Dressage final at Dortmund, Germany. Joy Charlton (Aus) After the competition, she said . "The horses have improved just so much - the preparation for the 2000 Olympic games has helped horses and riders to really lift their game. The Institute of Sport in Canberra has done a wonderful job, it has availed our equestrian athletes of the back-up of sports psychologists, stress management councillors, media management assistance as well as performance coaching, and this has enabled our elite equestrians to be better at their job! When judging the Grand Prix Special, I was truly delighted to see the improvement. The horses and riders actually improved their performances from their first competition at the start of the championships, and today I saw some very good quality dressage, it was great". Jillian Cobcroft AUS Susie Hoevenaars AUS Virginia Creed AUS Jan Bird NZ Dr. Ricky McMillan QLD Maria Schwenneson QLD Gisella Nilsson-Harding NSW Joanne Fowler WA Sue Goodwin WA Judy Peel TAS Jane Grant VIC M Kelly VIC Judy Sheldrake NT Marie Gahan VIC Brenda Atkinson TAS Bernadette Gibson TAS Prue Foletta SA Helen Heagney VIC Gill Botten WA Pat Britton VIC Janet Earle VIC Judy Quinn VIC