Dressage is the highest expression of horse training, where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. 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, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled rider's minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and appear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "horse ballet." Although the discipline has ancient roots in Europe, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of modern dressage.
What Dressage Should Be About
The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider. The horse thus gives the impression of doing of his accord what is required of him... he submits generously to the control of the rider. He responds to the slightest indication of the rider and thereby gives life and spirit to all the rest of his body. These principles benefit both horse and rider. I am dedicated to training under these principles & intend to keep classical equitation alive.
- To remain dedicated, hardworking and determined to do the best for all horses by educating their riders.
- To ethically stand behind the timeless principles of classical dressage and to introduce the beauty and grace to everyone.
- To train horses to become the best athletes possible by being fair, empathetic and respectful.
- To stay open to life lessons presented through horses, for horses are the key to ones character.