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
Rotterdam, Netherlands - June 24, 2017 - In a tightly contested competition against seven countries, the United States Dressage Team won the fourth leg of the Nations Cup series at the CDIO5* in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Comprised of Laura Graves, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz,...
Gladstone, N.J. – May 21, 2017 – In her last year of eligibility in the Under 25 division, Kaitlin Blythe claimed a memorable victory by winning the ‘Brentina Cup’ Championship aboard Don Principe, an 18-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Maryanna Haymon. The...
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet Win Overall Grand Prix National Championship at The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions
Gladstone, N.J. – May 21, 2017 – On the final day of The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet clinched the overall Grand Prix championship title with a total score of 71.575 after earning a 73.325...
Adrienne Lyle and Horizon Dance to Victory in Intermediate I Championship at The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions
Gladstone, N.J. – May 21, 2017 – On the final day of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions held at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation headquarters in New Jersey, Adrienne Lyle and Horizon, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Betsy Juliano, danced...
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