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Everything You Need To Know About Dressage

by Eland Lodge 25 Feb 2022 0 Comments
Everything You Need To Know About Dressage

What is Equestrian Dressage?

Dressage is one of the most widely recognized equestrian disciplines, and is one of the three equestrian disciplines features at the Olympics. Sometimes referred to as “dancing horses”, dressage involves horse and rider performing a set of movements demonstrating harmony and trust.  

As with many equestrian disciplines, dressage is thought to be rooted in military history, and throughout the years has progressed into the sport we know and love today. The word “Dressage” is taken from the French term for training, and modern dressage is exactly that – judging the training of the horse against a set of ideals for each particular level.

In British Dressage, the horse is judges against the progressive scales of training; the judge is looking for Rhythm, Suppleness,  Contact, Impulsion, Straightness and Collection.

What is a Dressage Judge looking for?

Whether you’re preparing for your first dressage competition, or you’re a seasoned competitor wanting to gain those crucial extra marks, you need to read our blog! We delve into what exactly a dressage judge is looking for, how they’re marking you and how your horse should be moving to get the bast marks.

What should a horse wear to attend a Dressage competition?

As a competition venue, this is one of the questions we get asked a lot! Take a look at our blog to find out exactly what tack your horse should wear for dressage. We break the British Dressage rules down into bitesize chunks that cover the saddle, saddle pads, stirrups, bridles, bits, fly veils, boots ad additional tack.

What should a rider wear to attend a Dressage competition?

If you want to compete at your best, you need to look your best too. Be confident of the British Dressage rider wear rules by reading our blog! We take a look at everything the rider needs, and how to make sure your competitions wear fits within the rules. Our blog explores competition jackets, hats, body protectors, breeches, spurs, gloves, and even sponsor logos.

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