The year 2023 became the turning point for modern technology in Dressage competitions. In a progressive move, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) approved the use of the Equestic SaddleClip, as well as other data-tracking devices, in Dressage competitions up to level 4, USEF Dressage FEI Tests and FEI Dressage CDI Tests.
Dressage, a sport deeply rooted in the perception of balance and grace, now welcomes tools that bring detailed analytics for self-reflection and learning. By gaining a deeper understanding of their horse’s gait quality, riders can help their horses unlock their sound potential. And by observing the evolution of trends, they will ensure development at a pace that aligns with the horse’s well-being.
At the core of Equestic’s mission, as articulated by CEO Leon Rutten, is the commitment to ‘Help Riders to Perform with Care.’ The Equestic SaddleClip brings it to life, providing objective data that supports not only performance enhancement but also proactive equine health management.
“We are excited about the USEF’s and FEI’s ruling, which heralds a new chapter for Dressage and underscores the essential role of cutting-edge technologies like our SaddleClip in the sport,” stated Leon Rutten, founder of Equestic.
“The Equestic SaddleClip reflects our core commitment to the sport of Dressage and the care of the equine athletes that are so central to it.”
FEI and USEF Rules changes details
The FEI Dressage and FEI Para Dressage Guidelines on Use of Tack, Equipment and Dress published in 2023:
“Data tracking devices may be used as long as there is no way to consult them or communicate with them during the competition. They must not have any effect on the equipment, which must be used as per the rules.”
*Dressage Rules art 431.5 Para Dressage Rules 8429.4.3.
The USEF Dressage and General Rules within the USEF DRESSAGE CHAPTER: DR 121 ANNEX A – Bits, Saddlery and Equipment updated in 2023:
“Data tracking devices allowed as long as they cannot communicate with the rider during the competition. Equestic SaddleClip is Permitted in USEF Dressage competitions up to level 4, USEF Dressage FEI Tests and FEI Dressage CDI Tests”.
For clarification questions email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the current version of the FEI Dressage Guidelines on Use of Equipment, Riders can confidently ride-in competition with The Equestic SaddleClip, utilizing its detailed after-the-ride analytics to make informed, training decisions that meet the rigorous standards of competitive USEF Dressage and General Rules.
The Benefits of data-driven evaluation in Modern Dressage
Designed with the rider’s needs at heart and built on an advanced AI algorithm, the Equestic SaddleClip offers an unprecedented level of insight into a horse’s movements.
This small yet powerful tool attaches effortlessly to the saddle and captures valuable data that can lead to transformative changes in how riders train, perform, and care for their horses.
All riders aim to continuously improve. They participate in one test after another to receive feedback from judges and understand how their performance is perceived. Each test presents an opportunity for both the rider and the horse to learn and develop.
With access to more data, riders have a better chance to grasp aspects that are sometimes difficult to notice and hard to explain. They can integrate their personal feeling of the ride with precise charts. Then, they can compare these results with what they usually experience in training and warming up. There’s so much to learn from this approach!
Unlocking performance insights with Equestic in Dressage events
According to FEI and USEF rules, real-time feedback during performances is not permitted to ensure fairness in competitions. The data gathered by the Equestic SaddleClip will be available for post-ride evaluation.
This enables competitors to learn from factual metrics such as impulsion, rhythm consistency, symmetry from past competitions.
Such insights can reveal new training and performance strategies for continuous improvement throughout the competition season and beyond.
Maximizing Outcomes in the Competition Season
With Equestic in use at tests, riders can now approach each competition armed with a wealth of knowledge.
This data not only charts progress but can also flag motion challenges that may indicate potential health issues before they become visible and serious.
This enables the timely implementation of preventive measures to maintain the horse’s peak condition throughout the entire competition season.
Conclusion: A step Forward for the sport of Dressage
The decision by the FEI and USEF to permit data-tracking technology like the Equestic SaddleClip in dressage events is a forward-thinking move that enriches the sport.
By harnessing the power of analytics, dressage Riders can now benefit from an innovative blend of feeling and measuring, all to foster the Health and Success of their Equine Partners.
Embrace the future of dressage with the Equestic SaddleClip—where innovation meets tradition.