Dressage (a French term meaning "training") is a path and destination of competitive horse training, with competitions held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, it can smoothly respond to a skilled rider's minimal aids by performing the requested movement while remaining relaxed and appearing effortless. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet." Although the discipline has its roots in classical Greek horsemanship, mainly through the influence of Xenophon, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance in Western Europe. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then and classical dressage is still considered the basis of trained modern dressage.

Early European aristocrats displayed their horses' training in equestrian pageants, but in modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of "tests," or prescribed series of movements within a standard arena. Judges evaluate each movement on the basis of an objective standard appropriate to the level of the test and assign each movement a score from zero to ten - zero being "not executed" and ten being "excellent." A score of nine (or "very good") is considered a particularly high mark, while a competitor achieving all sixes (or 60% overall) should be considering moving on to the next level.

Monday, September 13, 2010

LLS Fundraiser

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you!!!! Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and so many people came out to join our party. Not only did we raise money to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma but we enjoyed great demonstrations, driving, dressage and reining. The pictures are wonderful and will be up on Matt's website soon, and I will feature a couple here for you to see.
Thank you Mark and Linda Spengler for opening your farm to us. The farm looked beautiful and the work that you both did to make this all possible is irreplacable! Thank you!!
Thank you Maureen for spending the afternoon greeting our guests, and thank you Nick, Blase and Mike for manning the grills!
We are already making plans for next year and we would love for you to be party of our event, so please join in!
Pictures coming soon!!

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