Dressage Today

Dressage Today September 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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peace of mind

As soon as I bought my first horse—a 4-year-old Trakehner/Thorough-bred—one of my biggest priorities was to have him insured. I hadn’t paid thousands of dollars for him, but as a recent college graduate, I knew I needed to have him covered for any catastrophic situations. Thankfully, I never needed to use the policy, but the monthly payments I made gave me the peace of mind I needed. My policy was pretty straightforward, but I still had lots of questions for my agent. In this month’s issue, we bring you a comprehensive article about equine insurance policies and what you need to know to make sure you and your horse are covered. Elizabeth Clarke, attorney, dressage rider and author of this story, approached us about writing this piece and she’s done a…

1 min.
news from the dressage foundation

Do you have a U.S.-bred horse who is competing at Prix St. Georges or higher? Would you like $25,000 to train and compete in Europe? Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Anne L. Barlow Ramsay, The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to offer $25,000 grants for talented American-bred horses ridden by U.S. citizens to train and compete in Europe. Ramsay’s support of U.S.-bred dressage horses is exceptional. Through a charitable remainder unitrust that she established with TDF in 1999, she created the Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant Fund to provide $25,000 grants to support U.S.-bred horses. From 2008 to 2014, the following recipients traveled to Europe: • 2008 – James Koford and Rhett, bred by Shirley McQuillan • 2009 – Jennifer Williams and H.S. Wistar, bred by Charlene Summers • 2011 – Liz Austin…

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news from dto

While living in Spain some years back, I was fortunate enough to watch Spain’s Olympian Rafael Soto ride and train and share in several joy-filled meals with the Real Escuela crew in Jerez, Spain. Rafael is a passionate and compassionate human who truly cares about his equine partners and naturally brings a larger-than-life personality to all he does. DressageTodayOnline.com offers videos of several different training sessions with Rafael. My absolute favorite happens to be an older piece recorded several years before the importance of safety was wide spread in our industry, and he is sans helmet. In this video at DressageTodayOnline.com/Rafael, he emphasizes the use of lateral work to improve connection in the walk and engagement in both the trot and canter. The exercises in this series are geared for Second…

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the problem of the “overhorsed” amateur

I spent five years traveling the country giving mounted sport-psychology clinics called “Riding with Confidence,” and I still work individually with riders of all ages and disciplines, so I feel I have a pretty good range of exposure to our equestrian culture. While this piece is risky for me, I feel that not bringing this up is only out of fear of people disagreeing with me or not liking me. But since I am committed to more than that, here goes: The issue I want to bring up is the overhorsed amateur. The main players in this game are the amateur (client) and the trainer. What I have seen and heard illuminates a problem we have in dressage that needs to be addressed. Some (not all) trainers encourage or allow amateurs…

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don’t miss dressage at devon 2018

This year’s Dressage at Devon (DAD) will take place Sept. 25–30 at its home at the Devon Horse Show Grounds near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DAD has been the premier North American equestrian event since 1975, as it combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with shops and activities for the entire family.…

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bloodlines of top dressage horses

Bought by Carl Hester as a foal, Nip Tuck (Don Ruto X Irean by Animo) is an 18-plus hand, dark bay gelding. He’s known as a hot, challenging, nervous horse who took a long time to come into his own. Even as a seasoned Grand Prix horse, he sometimes gives an impression of precisely channeled defiance—a robust, exciting artistry. Hester and Nip Tuck have competed internationally for Great Britain since 2012 with notable placings including a team silver medal and seventh place individually at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a bronze medal at the 2017 FEI World Cup Final and individual fourth place at the 2017 European Championships. For this series, we based our selection of horses on the August 2017 FEI rankings. Nip Tuck was ranked fifth in the world. To…