Dressage Today

Dressage Today July 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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a fresh look

Every now and then it’s good to change things up a bit. As you know, Dressage Today recently added a new video subscription site—dressagetodayonline.com—to its brand. With that new addition, we’ve decided to freshen up the magazine’s look a bit, too. But rest assured, the content hasn’t changed. In fact, we recently sent out a reader’s survey to find out what you—our readers—want to see in the pages of DT. (Hopefully, many of you had the opportunity to compelete the survey.) Overall, I think our team is providing the content you want. But we listened and will continue to improve on the stories we bring you. In this month’s issue you will find training articles to help you improve connection, mentally and physically, with your horse. In “Developing a Happy Horse,”…

1 min.
news from dt

In a world where it seems we are inundated with a myriad of training styles and heated discussions over the best path to Grand Prix, the dressage community is fortunate to have Hubertus Schmidt. Schmidt’s ever correct, sympathetic and light classical methods prove time and again that following the basic principles of our Training Scale is the system of success. Dressage Training Online (DTO) offers a variety of online learning opportunities with top international talents and we are overjoyed and so thankful to add Schmidt to our ever-growing roster. Our Schmidt series was shot at this year’s International Omaha in Nebraska (you can read the story in this issue). We share with you Part 1 of this video series for free! In this segment, Schmidt presents a fantastic opportunity to witness…

3 min.
news from the dressage foundation

Calling all Adult Amateurs, instructors and youth! Could you use some financial help for your training? There are important grant application deadlines quickly approaching at The Dressage Foundation: Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Fund (Due Sept.1): Grants of $250–$1,000 are available for young adults age 25 and under. Recipients will demonstrate qualities such as hard work, volunteerism and development as well-rounded horsemen and -women. Gifted Fund Grants for Adult Amateurs (Due Sept. 15): $1,000 grants are available for amateurs with strong volunteer records in their local dressage communities. Grants will enable them to spend concentrated time training their horses away from the daily pressures of life. Major Anders Lindgren Instructor Education Grants (Due Sept. 30): Each year, two $2,000 grants and one $6,000 grant are awarded to dressage instructors to receive focused…

1 min.
breeding terms: linebreeding versus inbreeding

Linebreeding pairs animals who are related to a specific ancestor with the intention of preserving that ancestor’s influence on the offspring. (In Mister X’s pedigree, we see he’s linebred to Trakehner sire Piligrim and Thoroughbred Raufbold.) This differs from inbreeding, which is the breeding of two closely related relatives (i.e., father to daughter). Inbreeding is used with the intention of securing desirable traits in the offspring, but can sometimes inadvertently result in securing negative traits. Outcrossing is the process of introducing unrelated genetic material into a particular breeding line.…

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bloodlines of top dressage horses

Mister X (Egejus X Derbi), a 14-year-old, dark brown Russian Trakehner gelding, has helped put Russian dressage back on the world stage, competing with rider Inessa Merkulova in the 2016 Rio Olympics (23rd individual finish), the 2014 World Equestrian Games (26th individual finish) and the 2018 World Cup Finals (ninth individual finish). In movement the athletic gelding evokes the word “graceful.” He was bred by Nadezhda Sokolova at the Traken Rossiya Stud Farm in Russia’s Kursk region. According to Dr. Maren Engelhardt, a life-long rider who was born into a Trakehner-breeding family and continues the tradition in her own right: “Mister X’s pedigree is a typical eastern Trakehner pedigree. It’s based on two recurring themes: the significant amount of Thoroughbred blood [English and Arabian] and a heavy dose of linebreeding.” Before…

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the russian trakehner

Mister X is referred to as a Russian Trakehner based on the fact that he is a Trakehner born in Russia, and of the same genetic background as Trakehner horses elsewhere. So how did a separate Trakehner studbook come about in Russia? Prior to World War II, there was only one Trakehner studbook, which existed to produce the most versatile riding horse at the time. Only horses born at the Main Stud Trakehnen in East Prussia, founded in 1732, were called Trakehners—their blood-identical relatives that were born at the farms of private breeders in the East Prussian province were called East Prussian Warmbloods. After the Main Stud had to be evacuated before the advancing Red Army in the winter of 1944–45, a large number of the best horses were loaded onto…