Dressage Today

Dressage Today June 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.
who supports you?

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need support at one time or another—support from a friend, a loved one or someone we meet along our journey. I’m lucky to have had support in the things I’ve chosen to pursue—my riding, my career, my running. The support has come at different times, perhaps not exactly when I thought I needed it, but nonetheless, it came and has helped shape the person I am today. This month we bring you stories from several riders who are where they are today because of the support they received through the years. We begin with a woman who has become the world’s most successful dressage rider. Germany’s Isabell Werth won her eighth world title this April in Paris and has numerous…

1 min.
news from the dressage foundation

Each year, The Dressage Foundation (TDF) awards many grants to dressage clubs across the country for educational events including seminars, camps, clinics and symposia. This financial support helps dressage clubs meet their goals of offering quality, affordable education, expanding their membership and serving their local communities. Last fall, the Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association received a grant to host an adult “boot camp.” Each rider had a total of five lessons in three days, enabling them to build on what they learned throughout the weekend. One rider shared, “The venue was excellent, the clinicians balanced one another and there was a great mix of different levels of horses and riders. I wasn’t sure if I would benefit because I don’t compete, but I was wrong! This was a great experience and confidence-builder.” The…

3 min.
honoring judith noone

Judith Noone, 79, died March 20. She was a long-time resident of North Abington, Massachusetts, and she wintered with her son, Tom Noone, in Florida, where she could be close to the sport of dressage that she loved. Judith was a positive force for dressage since its beginning in the United States. With her creative leadership, she initiated Junior/Young Rider programs first for the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) and then nationally for the USDF. Those programs included, but were not limited to, Junior/Young Rider councils, official classes for Juniors and Young Riders on a national level, team championships, dressage programs for 4-H and U.S. Pony Club, an educational video series (Just for Juniors) and intercollegiate competitions. In 1981, Lowell Boomer, the founder of USDF, appointed her as the first chairperson…

1 min.
news from dt

Dressage Today Online has added heaps of great new videos in the past months. We have the largest training video library available online with more than 1,700 videos, plus we add at least one new video per week. One of my more recent favorites is with U.S. Olympian Lisa Wilcox and Gene Freeze of County Saddlery at DressageTodayOnline.com/gene. I was fortunate enough to meet Gene back in 2012 through HorseGirlTV and ride in his saddles as a result. One tip that Gene shares in this video he also shared with me when working with my last horse. It was so simple, yet a complete game-changer in my training. My horse was a massive mover with heaps of loft, so he was beyond challenging to sit. The first thing we did was…

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the dwb: approaching breeding with science

In 1979, the two leading sport-horse studbooks in Denmark merged to form the Dansk Varmblod (Danish Warmblood Studbook, or DWB) with a vision of producing riding horses with appealing looks, lots of expression and versatility (suitable for both dressage and jumping). In 2004, in response to the demands of sport-horse users, DWB shifted its vision by specializing in both disciplines and adjusting its selection system accordingly. Karina Christiansen, breeding adviser for DWB, explains: “Research shows no correlation between certain traits that make jumpers good at jumping and dressage horses perform well at dressage. Therefore, when selecting dressage horses today, we do not judge them on free jumping. In fact, selection on jumping qualities has shown to be a proven negative influence on the horse’s walk and trot. For jumping horses,…

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

Atterupgaards Cassidy (Caprimond X Doreen) is a 15-year-old chestnut gelding who has competed internationally since 2011. Cassidy’s long-time partner, Cathrine Dufour of Denmark, has ridden him to two European Young Rider Championships, in open CDI events and right along to the 2016 Olympics, where they placed 13th individually. Since the Olympics, the team has remained highly competitive and is ranked third in the world as of this writing. Atterupgaard, a breeding farm in central Denmark, is owned and operated by Michael and Kristine Munch Sinding. Their breeding program has achieved international acclaim in the dressage world. In fact, three Atterupgaard-bred horses competed in the Rio Olympics: Cassidy with Dufour, Atterupgaards Orthilia with Fiona Bigwood (UK) and Smeyers Molberg with Marcela Krinke Susmelj (Switzerland). Olympic success placed these horses high in the…