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.
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US Equestrian Names Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team. The Short List will compete in designated Observation Events throughout the summer. The following horse-and-athlete...
Successful Week of Dressage, Driving, and Para-Dressage FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Test Events Conclude at Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon, N.C. – April 23, 2018 – Chester Weber (USA) maintained his hold on the lead through the Cones phase of FEI CAI 2* Four-in-Hand competition as part of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) Dressage, Driving, and Para-Dressage Test Events at Tryon...
Laura Graves and Verdades Earn Personal Best in Grand Prix Freestyle at FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final
Paris, France – April 14, 2018 – Following an exciting FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2017, international dressage fans had their eyes glued to the competition in Paris to see if the world No. 1 ranked rider from Germany could defend her title or...
Laura Graves and Verdades Clinch First Place at FEI World Cup™ Finals Paris Grand Prix with Personal Best Score
Paris, France – April 13, 2018 – The 2018 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final officially kicked off on Friday with the Grand Prix, where the United States’ Laura Graves prevailed over longtime rival and defending World Cup champion Isabell Werth of Germany. Graves earned a...