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, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

The official beginning of summer! We find ourselves still in sunny Florida! The horses are working so well and the training progressing in a really positive way for everyone in residence.

Exciting news that we will be moving to the famous Ashby Stock Farm for the summer months. We are so happy to find such a beautiful farm to spend the summer. We will be offering trailer in lessons, short and extended training programs and Nancy will be available to travel for clinics. Please call or email 561 714 7447, for scheduling.
The plans for the Conrad Schumacher Symposium "Learn The System and Teach with Skill" are coming along and we promise to create a very special learning opportunity for all. Please stay in contact for further updates and be sure to Save the Date September 23 - 25 and plan to be in Massachusetts at Dry Water farm! Also, we have sponsorship opportunities! Please support this special learning event and promote your product/ stable/event. We appreciate your support, any help you give will make it possible for more instructors to take advantage of this special event!
Do not forget to honor our past and present heros that are protecting our Freedom this Memorial Day. Lots of love to all of our service men that are over seas right now taking care of our interests, most especially our own Dan Lavoie, we love you and wish you swift and safe return home.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What a great day!!

Congratulations to Ariel and Evita for getting a 67% in their PSG today at Wellington Classic's Dressage Days. This was good for 3 rd place in the biggest class of the show! Good job! Ariel and Evita looked completely at home in the ring with beautiful half passes and extensions!
Alexis did not give her age away in the Inter 2 and was wonderful! A little looking at times but an 8 on one of our piaffes! and 7's on her passage means she must have been paying a little attention to me for a change! She got 68.9 % and was second behind Jan Brons. Good girl!
Leo felt the impending storm rushing toward us and was not completely cool about it, however, he held it all together and brought alot of energy and enthusiasm to his PSG. Luckily we were not in the same class with Ariel as she would have beaten us :) He got 65% and had wonderful changes and the pirouettes more fluent then two weeks ago. He gave a super feeling and with just a bit more strength and confidence he is going to be a superstar!
Now the storm is upon us and although the trees are super happy with the rain it sounds as thought the heavens are going to explode!
What a fun day for riding!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Conrad Schumacher Symposium

Exciting news!!!! We have settled on a date for our Symposium with Mr Schumacher!

Save the Date! September 24 + 25, 2011

Bill McMullin, Bill Warren, Dry Water Farm and Carousel Dressage will be hosting a Trainers and Instructors Symposium.


We are looking for Sponsors and Volunteers and Riders so please contact us for more details 561 714 7447 Nancy or

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Great Show!

Congratulations Noah! Wellington Classic Dressage held another successful show at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center this weekend. Although quite a bit smaller then the shows are during season the classes were not small especially the upper levels and the competition still on a high level! Noah was very good for his 4 th level test 1 and won his class! he got super marks and the judge was extremely impressed with his fancy extended trot :) .
Leo was wonderful in his Prix St. Georges. he got 66% and a 10 from his rider on concentration! He was such a good boy! We need to build some strength in the canter work to bring our points up, but the judge was super positive about his expression and ability so we made a great impression. We are very proud!