Dressage Today

Dressage Today March 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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inspiration from overseas

One year ago, we published our first German Training Issue, which came about after DT‘s Managing Editor Lindsay Paulsen spent a month in Germany. During her visit, she met with experts, visited some of the country’s iconic equestrian destinations and then wrote about her experiences for the magazine. This year, DT‘s writer Amber Heintzberger spent time there and wrote about some of her travels, including her experience at CHIO Aachen—the country’s annual 10-day World Equestrian Festival—and her visit with Irish dressage Olympian Judy Reynolds, who lives and trains in Dorsten, Germany. This month’s cover story also comes from Germany. Monica Theodorescu, coach of the German dressage team, shares how she uses lateral work as an essential part of her training. In “The Purpose and Value of Lateral Work,” Theodorescu explains how…

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news from the dressage foundation

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) welcomed 47 new members to the Century Club in 2017, which brings total membership to 326 senior riders and horses from across the country. The Century Club recognizes active dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more with the goals of encouraging older dressage riders to remain active in the sport and inspiring the younger generation. Three-time Century Club member Sharon Curran shared, “Century Club rides are so special because of the combination of preservation, good fortune and luck necessary for a senior rider and horse to successfully trot down centerline. Thank you to The Dressage Foundation for providing seniors [people and horses] a place to shine and tell others of our wonderful equine experiences.” TDF is also pleased to announce that Platinum Performance…

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mind over matter: tips to safely grow your comfort zone

Q I know I should spend time training outside of the ring, but I always feel safest in the arena and don't feel comfortable riding out in the fields or on trails. I’m a middle-aged rider so I don’t want to take big risks or get hurt, but I would like to be able to happily hack out with my barn mates. My horse is generally calm but he isn’t totally bombproof. How can I grow my comfort zone? A Starting small as you build confidence is a powerful way to approach riding outside the ring. Pick the safest place to begin and have a short, successful ride with support and build from there. The toughest part of this process is dealing with how it makes you feel about yourself. We…

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news from dto

Hi, Dressage Today readers! It’s Angelea Kelly again, here. In case you missed the last two issues, well, number one, shame on you for missing any issue of the amazing and iconic Dressage Today, and, two, I’ve been provided this section to tell you all about operating the world’s leading subscriptionbased dressage resource for on-the-go learning, DTO. DTO has the largest catalog of dressage training videos and we add new videos every week. Our ever-growing stable of trainers includes more than 70 top international dressage professionals like Christoph Hess (DressageTodayOnline.com/christoph) and Helen Langehanenberg (DressageTodayOnline.com/helen). I have spent the last several months rebuilding DTO and there are many things I love about the new look and functions, but one of my favorites is the ability to stop watching a video on my TV…

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find more on dto!

In the Arena with Helen Langehanenberg This month we feature a flashback with Germany’s Olympian Helen Langehanenberg. In the video, Helen rides a beautiful 7-year-old mare who is working toward Prix St. Georges. Helen prepares the young mare by riding her freely forward and then plays within the gaits by riding her forward and back. She makes sure that the horse will collect in preparation for the movements shoulder-in and half pass. Enjoy a sneak peek of this training session at DressageTodayOnline.com/helen or watch the entire training video, plus more than 1,600 more, by taking advantage of a FREE month trial membership with DTO at DressageTodayOnline.com/30free. DRESSAGE SNAPSHOT…

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born to perform: bloodlines of top dressage horses

Showtime FRH is listed by multiple sport-horse databases as “a 2006 Hanoverian gelding, dark brown.” Though accurate, this description does not come close to capturing the striking picture that Showtime makes when performing with his longtime rider, German Olympian Dorothee Schneider. Showtime’s coat is a gleaming dark chocolate, his build is leggy but powerful and he has movement that could almost be described as flamboyant if he were not also exceptionally precise in his way of going. According to Schneider, Showtime (whom she calls “Showi”) is “shy in a good way,” but it’s difficult to detect any shyness when the pair commands the competitive arena. Showtime has been making his mark on the world stage since 2011, when, as a 5-year-old, he was ranked sixth at the World Breeding Dressage Championships…