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On 22 August 2010 I attended a small practice jumping show. After entering my young horse, Moonfire, in the 60cm and 70cm class I took him home to fetch my brilliant little pony, Tempest, for a friend of mine to ride. Th ...
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🎵 Tokyo Olympics Best Dressage Performance Video
6th Nov 2021   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Steffen Peters and Mopsi delivered one of the most entertaining dressage performances at this year’s 2020 Olympic Games. Mopsi ‘danced’ her way through decades of dance club favorites and earned the label ‘rave horse’ after helping her team win an Olympic silver. ...
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Worsely Dressage Documentary
5th Sep 2020   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Lucy Worsely’s 2015 “Reins of Power” documentary, available on YouTube, is the perfect addition to your rainy day or quarantine binge watching playlist. The doc peeks at the royal family’s horse obsession, and explores the roots of modern dressage or ‘horse ballet’ with tours of ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part One Improving The Seat Choosing a Horse April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Bronze
Para-Olympian Dressage Rider Sanne Voets
29th May 2020   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Often riders who are riding a dressage freestyle will choose music to build their program around. But, not so with Para-Olympian dressage rider Sanne Voets. Voets won triple gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and freestyle gold at the 2016 Paralympics. She’s aiming for gold ...
U.S. Olympic Dressage Rider Charged with Attempted Murder
18th Aug 2019   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
A U.S. Olympic dressage rider has been charged with attempted murder. Michael Barisone, who rode with the the U.S. team in the 2012 Beijing Olympics shot, 38 year old equestrian Lauren Kanarek. Kanarek and her fiance were tenants on Barisone’s Hawthorne Farm in Washington County, ...
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Finding Your Rhythm with Music
27th Aug 2017   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Good rhythm means your horse is using its body and legs efficiently. It means it’s moving freely making the ride more comfortable for you. That’s what good training and good riding are all about: helping your horse to be more comfortable and safer to ride while making the horse’s ...
Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
14th Feb 2016   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
If Hoketsu qualifies for this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics he will be the oldest Olympic athlete in history. He was the oldest athlete competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now, in 2016 at 74 years old, he is well over twice the average age of an Olympic athlete. If he qualifies h ...
Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Bend
23rd Jan 2016   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
As often happens with riding, in trying to establish correct bend on a stiff horse, it’s usually your instincts that kill you. When the horse doesn’t have a proper inside bend, the instinct as a rider is to flex the horse with the inside hand, keeping the nose following the bend ...
The Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Canter Transitions
30th Dec 2015   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
It may shock you to learn that not every dressage rider was born in the saddle with heels down, thumbs on top, and (as my old instructor so politely put it) ‘boobs on the shelf’. In fact, many dressage riders – even top ones – were in fact born so floppy and useless that they wer ...
How To Make Dressage Test Arena Letters
26th Apr 2015   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
You may like jumping, trail riding or any of the wonderful western riding disciplines, but you can always use some dressage letters. Even if you never plan to ride in a dressage test, they are very handy to have. Arena letters can be quite pricey. But with a little DIY craftiness ...
Pony Club Dressage Nationals
6th Nov 2014   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Having come from a distance riding background, I’m used to roughing it. I’ve slept in tents, the back seats of trucks and the gooseneck of a stock trailer. I’ve eaten food that has sat in a luke-cool cooler for three days. And when you’re hungry, eating a partially soggy stale ba ...
Heels Down!
9th Sep 2013   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
If you take riding lessons, 'heels down' might be something you start to hear in your sleep. The temptation, as you hear your coach yell this for what seems the hundredth time, is to shove your heels downwards, with your toes pointing skywards. However, just shoving your heels d ...
Five Tips For A Perfect Dressage Test
19th Sep 2011   |   Dressage   |   mosquito
Every competition with horses is a test – and not just a test of how well you and your horse have trained at home to prepare for the show. They are also a test of you and your horse’s nerves. Can your horse stay focused with all the distractions? Can you stay focused under the pr ...
Retraining a Racehorse – First Dressage Show
11th Aug 2011   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
On the way to the dressage arena, he was rather excited by the unfamiliar atmosphere. He considered spooking at the dressage letters, but decided that watching them warily would work just as well – since I decided not to let him behave like a silly baby-horse. We trotted up to ...
Retraining a Racehorse – Preparation For First Dressage Show
4th Aug 2011   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
On 5 March 2011, I caught my Moon-horse, and tossed him into the horsebox beside my tank of a Bronze-horse for his first dressage competition. Both horses traveled well, as they always do – good boys. Thus, we arrived in good time for our dressage – early for once – and all re ...
Taking The Dressage World By Storm
10th Jan 2011   |   Dressage   |   Chris Antley Memorial
For a long time I always looked at Dressage as a boring form of riding with no excitement. Then after I came across a Youtube video of a black 17.1 hand Dutch Warmblood stallion, the way I looked at Dressage changed. The horse’s name is Moorlands Totilas, nicknamed Toto. He wen ...
Kathleen Elliott Dressage Clinic January 16th
31st Dec 2010   |   Dressage   |   PonyBox
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW TEST! Pick your level/Pick your test. Each 30 minute test lesson sessions will help you improve your understanding of what the judges are looking for and how to improve your scores. Come to Kathleen’s clinic and understand how it all works. Focus on learning ...
Why the Heels?
23rd Sep 2010   |   Dressage   |   Fox Crest Stables
When you lengthen your leg you bring your center of balance down into your hips and down through your legs allowing your upper body to move freely. When riding Dressage you work with a long, free moving leg. You're hips are rocked back and you're sitting back slightly bringing al ...
I'm Going to the Championships In October!
24th Aug 2010   |   Dressage   |   solo25
Although I love to jump I also do some dressage and recently I got 71.1 in my dressage test, makeing me first! So I'm qualified for the championships in October against lots of adults on their big dressage horses, when I'm on a little strawberry roan pony named Solo. Solo is ...
The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions
7th Jul 2010   |   Dressage   |   City on the Hill
When Halfbrokehorses published the article on the Lipizzaners, I was thrown back in time to February 13th of 2008. At that time I was sitting at the stands of the Alliant Energy Center in Wisconsin, waiting for the show to begin. I stared down at the center of the arena, a dressa ...
The Lipizzaner
11th Jun 2010   |   Dressage   |   halfbrokehorses
The Lipizzaner is a breed of horse originating from the House of Hapsburg from Spanish and also local stock. Today it’s related to the countries of Austria and Slovenia. The breed is probably most famous for being associated with the Spanish Riding School, where they hold perform ...
Mystery Horse Breed Named Here
28th Mar 2010   |   Dressage   |   PonyBox
In a contest we ran yesterday we were giving away a free breeding pair of the last four new breeds to anyone that could guess the breed of the horse below.I'm a little disappointed nobody guessed the breed of this horse. I guess we can blame it on the art, but I actually thought ...
26th Mar 2010   |   Dressage   |   Harmony Farm
If you have never heard of Rollkur it's also known as hyper-flexion it's where constant pressure of the hands to the bridle forces the horse into a complete flexion to build muscle. ...
RIP Blue Hors Matiné
29th Jan 2010   |   Dressage   |   Acorn Acres
On the 25th of January, Matiné had been turned out with her pasture mate Blue Hors Cavan, for just a few hours, as per usual. It was discovered by a passer-by that there was something "seriously wrong" with Matiné, who went ahead to inform staff of Blue Hors stud. ...
How to Prepare at Home for a Dressage Show
7th Jan 2010   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
The thought of that upcoming show may make you nervous, so try to remain calm and remember - this is supposed to be fun! Here are some tips on preparing both you and your horse in the weeks leading up to a dressage competition. ...
How to Experience a Dressage Show Before Competing
5th Jan 2010   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
It’s normal to feel nervous about riding in your first dressage show, so here are two ways to get you and your horse used to the environment before actually competing. Take the mystery out of dressage competitions by first going to one on foot. If you join a dressage association, ...
How To Fill Out A Dressage Entry Form
31st Dec 2009   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
Once you’ve decided on a competition and the level of dressage test you want to ride, you need to send in your entry. A late, incomplete or hard-to-read form risks being rejected, so it’s worth taking the time to do this properly. ...
How To Dress For A Dressage Show
30th Dec 2009   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
If you present a neat and correct overall appearance, you'll put the judge in a good mood when you ride into the dressage show arena. It's not that difficult to do if you follow some basic rules. The clothing requirements for a schooling show are more relaxed than for a licensed ...
Joining a Dressage Association
23rd Dec 2009   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
In my previous article I mentioned the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) website as one source of information about local shows. But in order to enter these competitions you need to become a member of your local GMO – Group Member Organization. While be ...
Choosing the Right Type of Dressage Competition
21st Dec 2009   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
Licensed shows are run by the United States Dressage Federation (USEF) and are very formal affairs, with classes from Training through Fourth Level, plus the very highest ones of Prix St. Georges through Grand Prix. You need to be a member of the USEF or United States Dressage Fe ...
The Basics of Dressage and Assessing Your Riding Level
19th Dec 2009   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
If you are proficient at walk and trot but not canter, you can compete at the Introductory Level. There are two tests to choose from and both require a 20 meter circle in trot. Work on relaxing your horse by asking him to move forwards and down into a light rein contact. Ensure h ...
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