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Richard Davison on the blood rule…

The recent edition of Horse magazine featured a wonderful interview with our sponsored rider Richard Davison. We have posted a few extracts for you. The entire article is available in Horse magazine, which can be found in all good magazine retailers.

Richard discusses his views on the blood rule…

“How can blood on a horse be a welfare issue in one discipline, resulting in elimination, but not in another? Finally the FEI vet committee has come in behind the argument – to me, it has to be a judgement made by a qualified vet, not a dressage judge. It’s nonsense that currently a judge can see blood on a horse and the horse is eliminated but there is no requirement for it to see a vet. ..”

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Richard Davison Q and A

The recent edition of Horse magazine featured a wonderful interview with our sponsored rider Richard Davison. We have posted a few extracts for you. The entire article is available in Horse magazine, which can be found in all good magazine retailers.

Dressage has a new format for the Olympics, which you were involved in developing. Are you pleased with the results?

“I was a member of an FEI task force that came up with the new format. Our role was to advice the FEI. While the basis of our findings was accepted, not all were. If you were asking whether the Olympic format is my choice, no it ain’t. But we were working to a precise brief. I don’t think it’s the best format, but it’s the one the FEI has gone with.”

What would you like to see done differently?

“I would like more starters in the Olympic Games. Dressage has 50, which is fewer that showjumping and eventing, which will each have 75 starters. I also think we should have a drop score. This system puts a lot of pressure on the horses, although it will make for an exciting competition.”

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Richard Davison Q and A

The recent edition of Horse magazine featured a wonderful interview with our sponsored rider Richard Davison. We have posted a few extracts for you. The entire article is available in Horse magazine, which can be found in all good magazine retailers.

You must be delighted with Artemis’ performance at the World Cup Final…

“I was really pleased. Artemis is feeling fantastic – he has matured. He has been quite a late developer in that respect but in every test since Olympia he has given me a great feeling.”

Artemis has become more consistent in his performance – what has changed?

“He’s quite a spooky horse and things have caught his eye (during tests) distracting him. He has quick reactions. I only do five-star shows with him and they are big events with big atmospheres and lots going on. I take the approach that you have to address these issues and keep going, so the horse gets used to things and becomes less fearful. It seems to be working. He has been way over 70% in all his tests since Olympia.”

Richard discusses specific techniques to use if a horse spooks.

“it’s all to do with release and pressure. If he is going to spook at something to the right and move to the left, I apply pressure with my left leg and left rein. It’s very simple.”

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