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EquiRatings Eventing Podcast

Grassroots Show: Maximising Marks

Elevate your Dressage game with insights from our latest Grassroots Show: Maximising Marks featuring expert advice from dressage judge Mark Ruddock.

Discover essential strategies to enhance your dressage performance, understand the marking system, and learn the secrets to perfecting your test.

Mark shares invaluable tips on achieving harmony and the importance of presentation, aiming to help riders secure every possible mark in their tests.


Mark Ruddock, recently elected Chairperson of Dressage Ireland, is a respected figure within the equestrian community, both in Ireland and the UK. Based in Co Wexford, his election to this pivotal role comes with the commitment to continue the advancement of dressage in Ireland, building on the foundation laid by his predecessors. With an extensive background as a list one judge for Dressage Ireland and British Dressage, Mark brings a wealth of experience to the position. His dedication to the sport is evident not only through his judging credentials but also in his role as a coach, where he guides riders from Pony Club level up to high performance in dressage and eventing​.

In addition to his administrative and coaching roles, Ruddock is actively involved in promoting the sport through innovative means, such as overseeing virtual dressage competitions. These events, appreciated for their accessibility and engagement, highlight his forward-thinking approach to fostering the dressage community. His vision for Dressage Ireland includes a focus on membership feedback for strategic planning, closer cooperation with Para Equestrian Ireland, and seeking beneficial engagements with Horse Sport Ireland for the betterment of high-performance teams and individual riders.


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