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, March 26, 2012

Welcome Back to White Fences

So another successful show for Carousel Dressage Horses! Once again Adam created a wonderful show! Thank you! The footing is great! A panel of super judges and organised staff kept everything running smoothly.
Taylor did an awesome job on her debut into the Young Rider ranks! She and Cookie have now posted their first qualifying scores on the board 67% and 65%. A great way to start, no one would have ever known it was her first time in the Prix St Georges. Congratulations :)
Roxanne was a star once again! Thank you Casey and Scott for the opportunity to take your beautiful, inspiring mare into the show ring. We were second the first day with 68% and won the second day with 71% which could have been a squeek higher except for a pilot error!
My Noah played with me in the ring. Some very good things and scored 64% in both tests, but we can do much better when we are both on the same page! He brings so much character to the game! Thank you Gail for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to get into the show ring with your special horse.
Thank you so much to our fantastic team for presenting the horses in the ring so beautifully and for keeping things running smoothly at the stable so that the horses that are not showing still get all the attention and lessons they need. Ariel our master coordinator and braiding artist and Andrea for her cheerleading ! THANK YOU everyone for a fantastic weekend!

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