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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A sad goodbye to a great concept... E-Dressage

Yesterday morning, I, along with any other members of E-Dressage, received the email with the sad news that E-Dressage was closing.

For those of you who don't know what E-Dressage is... It's basically the organiser of online competitions. Initially starting out as dressage classes, but rapidly expanding beyond into British Eventing classes, ROR, showing, RDA, & many more, E-Dressage was really simple to take part in.

E-Dressage - how to take part

Set up an arena of 20x40m anywhere, ride your chosen test & have someone film it with a half decent camera, enter online & upload your video! Classes were judged at the end of each month by BD qualified judges & your score was posted online with any prizes sent out to you. It was really that easy & great for anyone wanting to have a go but perhaps without transport.

E-Dressage also introduced class sponsors, league tables and championships to give members something to work towards and achieve. They also brought out a popular 'Success Diary' - I'm not sure of the detail to these as I didn't have one, but I saw a fair few people used them.

As we have our own transport, I've not done many classes with E-Dressage but gave it a go last November for the first time, just in time to be counted for their Winter Dressage League (Nov-Feb). See how we got on in our 'E-Dressage first timers' post. The plan had been to do a test each month to take part in the league, but unfortunately I broke my ankle late December and didn't get back onboard until February! The plan was to do the same this year, but I'd run out of time in November to film a test as it is a great way to get a judges view of your riding through the winter, when the weather isn't so nice to be stood at a competition venue, waiting for classes!

E-Dressage & #DressageHour

E-Dressage also ran #DressageHour on Twitter every Tuesday 8-9pm, providing a time dedicated for users to discuss their flatwork and dressage training and competitions. I used to use it frequently, whether to post our training and competition posts, or just to interact with others who enjoy dressage also.

It's a shame that the company has folded but I'm sure that the equestrian/dressage community will continue across Twitter. Any with a couple of alternative solutions, hopefully those who can't get out to competitions will continue to be able to get a judges view of their riding.

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