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.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Florida Fun!

The beginning of February and while everyone up North is piled under the snow we are finally enjoying some real warm Florida weather (sorry!) But, for everyone that is able to join us even for just a short time isnt it nice that it is warm!! We are loving it!
Mr Schumacher stopped by the farm today to say hello and organise our clinics dates. For anyone interested he will be teaching Thursday March 3 and Tuesday March 8 at Heartwood South. Auditors are welcome and there are still riding spots available, so call for more info, 561 714 7447.
Welcome Suzanne!!! Suzanne Dansby Bollman has arrived for the season with her three horses. So much fun to have another trainer and nice horses to watch!!
The farm is looking great! Finally the frozen grass is turning green again, I love it! And Matt has done some remodeling with the palm trees and this looks very nice! If we did not have horses interupting his work everyday he would really have the arena looking 5 star!
PW is finally able to go out in the paddock again after her surgery.............and is making us all suffer for the time she has spent inside! I cannot wait to ride her again! One more month!
So come visit us, the horses are going super and the weather is..................the best!


  1. Ok Nancy
    You convinced me
    Get ready a coquet-Pisco Sour- party 4 next week. No mosquitoes invited please!