i read this...today..this is great..who's next??
not that i am interessted in riding dressage or what else for sport but...this is wonderfull a new step to a better horse-world
HOT PRESS: Wonderful news from South Africa of a breakthrough in rule changes for dressage. Congratulations and thanks to the Bitless Dressage Committee in South Africa. Their press release is printed below:
Bitless dressage approved by South African National Equine Federation (SANEF)!
At the annual National Dressage Meeting in February, 2008, SANEF approved the introduction of bitless dressage classes (Novice and Pre-Novice initially) at graded dressage shows on a year trial basis starting later this year.
This followed extensive representations to SANEF by a Bitless Dressage Committee over a long period of time. All aspects of bitless riding and dressage competitions were discussed and a proposal was then put up to the National Dressage Committee where it was debated at the February meeting. Final details of the rules governing bitless dressage and classes will be announced in due course as well as the starting date.
South Africa should be proud that our Equestrian Federation has been so forward-looking as to be one of the first countries to give bitless dressage an official forum.
Over the years the art of horsemanship has developed and changed as new approaches to equipment and training have evolved. Recently these changes have become more profound as riders and owners of all sorts have embraced modern concepts of horsemanship less anchored in military roots. One of these new directions has resulted in many riders now riding bitless in all manner of 'bridles' ranging from neckstrings through rope head-collars to 'professional' bitless bridles. Riders riding bitless have ranged from novices and happy hackers through to 'serious' classical riders doing Haute Ecole dressage. This has opened up a whole new curiosity as to how well dressage tests can be done bitless.
Any riders who are inspired to do 'formal' bitless dressage, whether they currently ride bitted dressage or don't ride dressage but ride bitless and may be keen to enter dressage, are requested to express their interest by emailing their name, locality and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
so that a register of bitless dressage riders can be compiled. Please also state what bitless bridle you are currently using.
Please pass this information onto anyone who may be interested. Let's make this a success for SANEF!