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. – March 24, 2017 – Team Canada walked away with their first Nations Cup gold medal during the two-day CDIO3* team competition, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Thursday evening, March 23, in Wellington, Florida. Their mixed large and small tour team...
Gladstone, NJ – Dec. 20, 2016 – Honor your favorite equestrian this holiday season with a donation to the USET Foundation. It could be an Olympian, your child, grandchild, friend or that first pony that got you started. It is the love of horses and equestrian sport...
From the USEF communications department Lexington, Ky. – Dec. 2, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Robert Dover will act as Technical Advisor in addition to serving as chef d'équipe at agreed upon U.S. dressage team...
From the USEF communications department Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 14, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 USEF Dressage National Championships. The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will be...
- March 29 - April 2
- April 20 - April 23
- April 27 - April 30
- April 27 - April 30
- May 3 - May 7