When your test hasn't gone quite as planned, there are some comments from the judges that you have to laugh at (...in hindsight)
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Horse & Hound's dressage columnist discusses dressage’s appeal, and the filming of judges at work
Two horses have been injured that were due to attend the championships
It is not thought the combination’s future on the British team will be affected but the decision was made ‘in the best interests of the…
The horse had been on ‘such good form’ but picked up a slight injury in training
Have you ever wondered what the British Dressage Petplan Equine Area Festivals competitions are all about? Here’s everything you need to know...
Here’s how to keep up-to-date with the Longines FEI Dressage Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden (22-26 August), both online and on TV
Carl Hester’s views
Pammy Hutton says
Anna Ross’ opinions
Suzanna Hext: rising para star
Shaun Mandy: rider and trainer
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Navigating the often bewildering world of bits can be daunting. Andrea Oakes finds out whether bitting clinics could be the…
However much we have prepared, things don't always go exactly to plan on competition day. Top riders tell us how…
Jumping a great round is about much more than just clearing the fences. How you get from fence to fence…
Find out how you can use hacking to school your horse and improve the bond between the two of you
What is dressage?
The sport of dressage involves horse and rider performing a pre-set pattern of movements appropriate to their current level of training. In freestyle competitions riders have to perform set movements, but can do so in any order and at any place in the judging arena and this is set to the rider's choice of music.
In order to compete successfully in dressage, the horse must be expressive yet obedient and able to maintain the correct body form without any signs of stiffness. The sport has been described by the layman as 'equine ballet' and 'dancing horses'.
Competition in the UK, which is overseen by governing body British Dressage, starts at intro level, where only walk and trot movements are performed, right through to grand prix, which is the level seen at the Olympic Games.
There are dressage competitions available for disabled riders, although some of the top para dressage riders also compete in able-bodied competitions. Britain has an outstanding record in international para dressage championships having never been beaten in the team competition.