British world medallist out of the running for 2019 Europeans
‘If next year is going to be his last we might as well focus on making that a good one’
Take a look at this simple exercise, as explained by dressage rider Amy Stovold, to help improve any horse’s counter-canter
The international dressage rider and young horse producer explains how walk pirouettes can improve engagement for medium trot
Here are some great pointers from five-star eventer Kate Honey to help you tackle spookiness with your horse in the…
Sarah Millis (pictured), an international dressage rider, explains how you can improve the quality and rhythm of the trot by…
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.