Originally developed as a method for training military horses, the centuries-old discipline of dressage, which is a French term meaning “training,” was used to increase the maneuverability and obedience of cavalry mounts with some of the very advanced movements being taught specifically as battle techniques.
The specific purpose for dressage is to develop a horse’s natural athletic ability and maximize its suppleness and attentiveness, all the while fostering ultimate harmony between horse and rider.
In today’s world, competitive dressage is recognized as one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines, and as well, is a method for showcasing all levels of training in a competitive format. Currently, there are nine progressive levels of competition, open to any breed of horse and available for all levels of riders, in which the horse and rider perform compulsory exercises. Special classes such as musical freestyle offer creativity and individual expression for the exhibitors and have become spectator favorites.
High Performance Athletes
Wellington, Fla. – March 15, 2019 – On the final day of the 2019 FEI Nations Cup competition in Wellington, riders prepared for a day full of freestyles to battle it out for the remaining individual medals up for grabs. In the CDI-U25 division, Lauren Asher of the...
Wellington, Fla. – March 15, 2019 – Competition for the CDIO3* Nations Cup concluded Friday evening with individual medals earned in the Intermediate I Freestyle and Grand Prix Freestyle. The Nations Cup this year proved to be a great ‘dress rehearsal’ for many of the...
Wellington, Fla. – March 14, 2019 –Following the CDI-U25 competition Thursday evening, the senior riders took to the ring to conclude the team competition of the CDIO3* Nations Cup beginning with the FEI Intermediate I and closing out with the FEI Grand Prix Special....
Wellington, Fla. – March 13, 2019 – Following the conclusion of the podium ceremony for the CDIO-U25 Nations Cup team competition, the senior riders took to the ring for the CDIO3* Nations Cup beginning the small tour division with the FEI Prix St. Georges test and...
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