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. – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team started their 2020 Nations Cup campaign with a top finish in the Stillpoint Farm FEI Dressage Nations Cup USA CDIO3* on Thursday, March 12. Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald led the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler...
Wellington, Fla. – Personal best FEI Intermediate II 16-25 Test scores from Benjamin Ebeling with Illuster Van de Kampert and Emma Asher with Elegance N helped give the U.S. Stars and Stripes Team the gold medal edge in the FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25 on Wednesday, March...
By US Equestrian Communications Department Lexington, Ky. - The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team is set to contest their first team competition of the season at the 2020 Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* from March 11-13 hosted at the Adequan® Global Dressage...
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the updated member list for the Kundrun USEF Dressage Development Program. The Kundrun USEF Dressage Development Program provides strategic guidance and resources to athletes selected to the program, who have the...
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