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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

White Fences Horse Show

What a fantastic weekend!! It started Thursday with Mr Schumacher teaching a fantastic clinic at our farm. The horses went GREAT!! He is such an inspiration. Then Friday schooling with Noah and Roxanne at the horse show. Ariel being at school put a hitch in my get along...........however, we worked it out and both horses were wonderful. Polite, well balanced and so much fun! The show management at White Fences were wonderful! Saturday classes went super. Ariel back on duty to braid beautifully and help with the eyes on the ground did an expert job, and Roxanne was 2 nd with more then 71 % and Noah second with more then 69% in his fourth level. I was very proud of the guys!!!

Sunday we had Evita entered but sadly she was not perfect on her feet, so she got to stay home, but, Suzanne did us proud with Cooper in the Grand Prix and 69% !!!! Great job and beautiful test.

Monday I spent the day at Bill Warren and Bill McMullin watching more of Mr Schumacher teaching and today................he was with us at the farm teaching again all day. No one could ever ask fo more! Florida is the best place to be in February and March!!

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