Dressage for Success: How to Get Into the Sport

Unfinished Man In a sport dominated by female riders, the challenge is on to entice more male dressage riders into the fold. Defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is described as the highest expression of where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.  Rich in military history, it was only a matter of time before dressage as a discipline was incorporated into the Olympics to test the military horse for exceptional obedience, maneuverability, and the ability to jump obstacles But don’t be misled into thinking it’s an easy sport. While the elegance, grace, and consummate showmanship of dressage riders make it look all so simple, it is anything but and certainly not for the timid. Long hours in the saddle, determination, athleticism, and most notably partnering with a 1200 lb animal is only a small part of what it takes in this challenging sport. Clothes

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