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
Aachen, Germany – July 23, 2017 – On the final day of competition at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, dressage riders headed down centerline for the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle. American anchor, Laura Graves and her 15-year-old KWPN gelding, Verdades, were...
Aachen, Germany – July 22, 2017 – On Saturday in Aachen, Germany, Team USA rider Laura Graves and world-ranked #1 rider for Germany, Isabell Werth, battled it out for the top placings in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. It was Graves and Verdades, her 15-year-old KWPN...
Aachen, Germany – July 20, 2017 – Team USA ranked second overall after the first day of Nations Cup competition at the CDIO5* in Aachen, Germany. The German dressage team took the lead after the Grand Prix with a total of 236.457. The United States team consisted of...
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,...
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