We take a closer look at some of Charlotte’s lesser known stars of the future
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‘The only thing I could do was go with what I had and not completely freak out that we were so unprepared’
Meet the horse that can throw 'angry, ginger lady tantrums' and is returning from a broken leg
Find out about the horse who has only been competing for four years despite being 15 years old
Meet the rider who spends most of her week in the House of Commons
Meet the horse who has cheated death and defied the odds to return to competition
Meet the rider who has moved from the other side of the world to compete here
Carl Hester’s views
Pammy Hutton says
Anna Ross’ opinions
Suzanna Hext: rising para star
Shaun Mandy: rider and trainer
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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.