The routine check turned into a nightmare for one combination in Aachen
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Olympic medallists among those listed for team contention at Gothenburg next month
Find out who's made the squad for the 2017 European Dressage Championships in Gothenburg
The top German rider was untouchable in the grand prix freestyle in Aachen
Germany take the Nations Cup but Isabell Werth settles for second after American triumphs in today's special
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Find out how you can improve your performance via an evening workshop with members of the Team GBR support team
Carl Hester’s views
Pammy Hutton says
Anna Ross’ opinions
Suzanna Hext: rising para star
Shaun Mandy: rider and trainer
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
Shoulder-in is a useful exercise to increase suppleness in the horse. Here we look at the aids, common problems and…
Navigating the often bewildering world of bits can be daunting. Andrea Oakes finds out whether bitting clinics could be the…
Dressage Olympian Richard Davison highlights his pressure and release techniques, which he uses daily in his training
Sports therapist Debbie Rolmanis explains the importance of a rider's core — and busts some misconceptions about it
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.