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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Fun show today at Jim Brandon, Glorious was so good! Natalie Lamping gave us 72% on our 1 st level test. I was so proud of him, he is really growing up! 9 on his lengthening in the canter! He is so good at the shows, even though everything is new and sometimes scarey he tries his hardest to focus on his work and be a good boy.
Noah was also good, but his pilot got carried away and was not patient in the canter work........62 in his 4 th level, but much more in front of me and swinging in the trot! We will do alot more shows this winter and really get it going! He was so much fun today!
Sorry to say it but Florida weather is great!

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