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
The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Takes Third at 2019 FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ France by US Equestrian Communications Department/Classic Communications | May 19, 2019, 4:45 PM EST Compiègne, France – After two days of strong performances at the 2019 FEI Dressage...
U.S. Riders Score Over 80 Percent and Earn Top Seven Finishes In FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Grand Prix Freestyle
Gothenburg, Sweden – April 6, 2019 – For the third consecutive year, world No. 1 Isabell Werth of Germany and Weihegold Old captured the gold in the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final, held this year in Sweden at the 2019 Gothenburg Horse Show. Following suit, Laura Graves...
Gothenburg, Sweden – April 5, 2019 – Riders representing the United States gave stellar performances in the first contest of what is shaping up to be quite a competitive FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Gothenburg, Sweden with the top eight riders scoring in the high...
Gothenburg, Sweden – April 4, 2019 – While Gothenburg locals enjoyed a warm spring day in their Nordic city, the health inspection for the horses at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals took place in the Scandanavium arena. Eighteen horse-and-rider combinations,...
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