Dressage Today

Dressage Today May 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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2 min.
the inner circle

Part of my job as editor of Dressage Today is traveling to different events that the magazine either hosts or covers on behalf of our readers. It is one of the best parts of my job. I, along with the other DT editors, often have the opportunity to observe what some might call the “inner circle” of dressage training. Recently, we had that opportunity with Lisa Wilcox when she so graciously allowed us to host our second “Lunch with Lisa” program at her training base, Jacqueline Shear’s Marsh Pond Farm in Wellington, Florida (see “Arena”). During that same trip, we (along with hundreds of others) listened in as Carl Hester offered words of wisdom to some lucky riders during his Master Class at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. One inner-circle moment…

2 min.
news from the dressage foundation

What did it mean to me to be able to spend five consecutive days with my trainer, devoted to improving my riding ability and knowledge? Everything! First, to have nothing else interfering with our training gave me the time and focus I needed. No grandchildren, no house or barn chores, no church responsibilities, no GMO tasks, no excuses. Get up in the morning, get ready and ride. Then in the afternoon, ride again. Build on the last session, develop a real sense of feel and see real progress taking place. For once, I have confidence that even though I’m a 63-year-old woman with several physical limitations, I am capable of moving forward. If I could use three words to describe what I learned that week, they would not be about the…

1 min.
develop a pre-competition ritual

Q I’ve heard that pre-competition rituals in any sport often help people find their focus and get in the zone. I’m up for anything that can improve my performance so do you have any ideas for helpful pre-competition rituals? What tends to be most helpful for athletes? A Creating a routine takes some thought, some preparation and then some practice. Like any other habit, making your routine automatic will only happen over time and with repetition. Having a similar routine for your training rides will help create this habit. First, start with the thought part by sitting down with paper and pen or pencil and writing out what you currently do to get ready to ride at home and at a show. You have to do this work and tough it…

1 min.
news from

When we relaunched DressageTrainingOnline.com as DressageTodayOnline.com via our new platform back in February, we added apps. Now you can not only study training videos on our website but, likewise, across a variety of devices including iOS, Android, Amazon firetv, Apple TV, AndroidTV and Roku. I’ve enjoyed watching DTO videos at home via my Amazon firetv. It’s great to watch on the big screen! More recently, I started downloading videos with my iPhone app and I have a couple super-cool features I’d like to share with you: Favorites. One of my favorite options with my iPhone app is “Favorites”! Being able to click the star icon below any video and mark it as a Favorite is so helpful. We have so many videos on DTO, and this makes it easy to go back…

1 min.
a team to watch

By Karen M. Brittle Charlotte Jorst is a devoted horse lover, wife, mother of two daughters and a successful businesswoman. As a former Adult Amateur rider recently turned professional to pursue the highest levels of international dressage, Jorst says, “I know Lorenzo is a well-bred horse, but as a rider and competitor, that’s not primarily why I chose him. My team and I selected Lorenzo because he’s really safe, the judges have already shown they like him and he’s got exceptional rideability.” Jorst, who first competed internationally as an Adult Amateur, explains, “I’m still relatively new at competing on this scale. I used to be someone who rode a couple of times a week after work. It’s only been the past few years that I’ve been able to give my dressage goals…

5 min.
born to perform: bloodlines of top dressage horses

Lorenzo, a 12-year-old chestnut gelding, was born on a breeding farm in Bavaria, Germany. Like his dam, Bologna (by Rubin Royal OLD), Lorenzo is registered with the Bavarian Regional Horse Breeders’ Society (Landesverband Bayerischer Pferdezüchter). His sire, Lord Loxley I, is a Rheinlander. Discovered and introduced to sport by German trainer Uwe Schwanz, Lorenzo would later be ridden to FEI level by Spanish rider Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez. Together, Lopez and Lorenzo would exceed expectations—in February 2016, they debuted Grand Prix; six months later, they were competing in the Rio Olympic Games, finishing fifth individually. Shortly thereafter, Lorenzo was sold to Charlotte Jorst, a Danishborn American rider who recently turned professional, fully committing to her own Olympic dreams. Lorenzo, she hopes, will carry her there. As he has changed hands, the…