Dressage Today

Dressage Today January 2018

One of America's most popular equestrian disciplines -- Dressage Today features insights from the world's most respected trainers, riders, and judges. It also includes coverage of national and international dressage events, as well as articles on the care and management of dressage horses.

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happy new year!

A new year brings new and exciting opportunities. As I mentioned last month, Dressage Today recently acquired DressageTrainingOnline.com (DTO)—an online resource that features videos showcasing top dressage trainers and judges helping riders around the world advance their education. This well-established subscription-based site offers riders of all levels great access to training opportunities right from the comfort of their own homes or arenas. As always, the DT team will continue to work with top trainers to bring you valuable content in the magazine and in the coming months, we’ll also provide training insights through our new video channel as well. In fact, we’ve already made a connection in this month’s feature story with British Olympian Carl Hester. You’ll notice a “Find More on DTO!” box at the end of the article that…

2 min.
news from the dressage foundation

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) has announced its Board of Directors for 2018, including Fern Feldman and Ryan Shumacher as new directors: Maryal Barnett (Michigan) – Chair Michael Poulin (Florida) – Vice Chair Judith Noone (Massachusetts) – Treasurer Nicole DelGiorno (Maryland) – Secretary Beth Baumert (Connecticut) – President & CEO Barbara Cadwell (Florida) Catherine Chamberlain (California) Ralph Dreitzler (Washington) Fern Feldman (Connecticut) Sarah Geikie (Connecticut Lendon Gray (New York) Carol Lavell (Florida) Karin Reid Offield (Michigan) Eliza Romm (North Carolina) Ryan Shumacher (California) John F. Boomer (Nebraska) – Emeritus Gen. Jonathan Burton (Arizona) - Emeritus Along with TDF’s Board, volunteers around the country are ready to answer questions about TDF and provide information about its grants and programs. These state representatives are important to helping TDF reach dressage communities across the U.S. A list of state reps can be found on the TDF website. As TDF starts a new year,…

2 min.
news from dto

Hello! My name is Angelea Kelly and I work with DTO. What is DTO? It currently stands for DressageTrainingOnline.com and it’s an awesome place to come watch top dressage professionals helping riders around the world via video tools. We have this unique opportunity to partner our terrific video channel with Dressage Today, thus they’ve offered me a voice through this producer’s letter! Some of you may know me from hosting HorseGirlTV or as the producer of the equibarre workout. Maybe you’ve read one of my articles in Dressage Today over the years or perhaps we’ve crossed paths in the warm-up at a dressage competition. That said, for those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little information: Dressage-wise, I have been fortunate to earn my USDF silver and gold medals. I…

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born to perform: bloodlines of top dressage horses

If you have watched dressage on the international stage, you know it can appear deceptively simple. Caught up in a spectacular performance by horse and rider, we can forget that what we see is actually both a perpetual work in progress (living art) and, in a more practical vein, a final product of sorts. A horse and rider performing at this level are the result of not only the best training, equine management, veterinary care and equipment selection, but also—perhaps most essentially— of the selective breeding of the modern sport horse When we watch top international horses perform, we wonder: Were these horses just born for this? If so, how has their breeding shaped their destiny? What can we learn about the sport of contemporary dressage by taking a close look…

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registry vs. studbook

A registry is an organization that records the identity of a horse (e.g., registers its existence) but does not necessarily also record the breeding, grading, branding, etc. of the equine concerned. These more specific details go into the studbook, which is kept by the registry but is almost certainly now kept in exclusively electronic database form rather than as a published (stud) book as in earlier pre-computer times. However, many registries (and certainly all reputable warmblood and sports-horse registries) only register horses who have proven parentage. The sire and dam have both been graded into their own breeding studbook or another one that they recognize of equal standing. (They are therefore automatically entered into the relevant studbook upon registration.) The word “studbook” is now used interchangeably with registry, where the…

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identity issues

Hot-branding was long used both in Europe and internationally for identifying horses as belonging to a specific breed registry. Traditionally, warmblood foals were branded at the time of inspection. The brand symbol represented the breed and logically also signified the region or nation with which the breed registry was associated. For example, the Dutch Warmblood brand features a rearing lion, resembling the Netherlands’ coat of arms. Likewise, the Holsteiner brand closely resembles the coat of arms for the German state Schleswig-Holstein, which features a vertically divided shield. And that of the Bavarian Warmblood features not only a letter “B” for Bavaria but also a small cross, apropos for this region of Germany with its long and devout Catholic history. In North America and the U.K., registry brands for warmblood horses are…