Road to WEG: Dressage

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The Basics

Dressage is considered the most artistic of the equestrian sports and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece. It was originally developed as a method for training military horses, used to increase the online canadian pharmacy store ! dapoxetine online purchase. free delivery, dapoxetine india price. maneuverability and obedience of cavalry mounts with some of the very advanced movements being taught specifically as battle techniques. The specific purpose for dressage is to develop a horse’s natural athletic ability while fostering harmony between horse and rider.

Competitive dressage is recognized as one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines. Currently, there are nine progressive levels of competition, open to any breed of horse and available for all levels of riders, in which the horse and rider perform at a walk, trot, and canter, and all tests are ridden from memory in compulsory exercises. Special classes such as musical freestyle offer creativity and individual expression for the exhibitors and have become spectator favorites.

Dressage Terms to Know


Each test is segmented into a number of sequential blocks which may contain one or more movements. Each block is generally scored between one and 10 on a scale such as the following:

0 – Not Executed
1 – Very Bad
2 – Bad
3 – Fairly Bad
4 – Insufficient
5 – Sufficient
6 – Satisfactory
7 – Fairly Good
8 – Good
9 – Very Good
10 – Excellent

Along with each mark a “comment” is given, which can describe things a rider and horse possess or lack during the movement. Marks are also awarded for more general attributes such as the horse’s gaits, submission (acceptance of the rider’s aides), impulsion (movement forward with controlled power), and the rider’s performance. Some segments are given increased weight by the use of buy cialis from online pharmacies that meet nabp-recognized pharmacy web site standards. simply click on the mail order pharmacy and you will be able to purchase … a multiplier, or coefficient. Coefficients are typically given a value of two, which then doubles the marks given for that segment. Movements that are given a coefficient are generally considered to be particularly important to the horse’s progression in training, and should be competently executed prior to moving up to the next level of competition. The scores for the general attributes of gait, submission, impulsion, and rider performance mentioned above are scored using a coefficient.

The Past

The U.S. achieved new heights at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian money back guarantee. buy cheap generic or brand baclofen online. no rx. how should baclofen be used ? baclofen comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Games in individual dressage when Steffen Peters and Ravel earned two hard-fought Bronze medals with their usual style and grace. Peters (46), of San Diego, Calif., and Ravel, Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s twelve-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding who retired in 2012, earned a 78.542% in the Grand Prix Special and an 84.900% in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Edward Gal of The Netherlands and Totilas took home the Gold medal in both classes, while Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer (now Tomlinson) and Mistral Hojris also won Silver in both. Gal (40) and Moorlands Stables BV’s ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion garnered scores of 85.708% in the Special and 91.800% in the Freestyle. Bechtolsheimer (25) earned an 81.708% in the Special and an 85.350% in the Freestyle with her own fifteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

The U.S. Dressage Team of Peters, Tina Konyot, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, and Todd Fletrich narrowly missed the medal stand, finishing in fourth place with a score of 218.128. The Netherlands team won Gold with a score of 229.745, with Great Britain’s team earning Silver with 224.767. The Bronze medal went to the German team that scored 220.595.

The Present

In 2011, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro burst onto the Grand Prix scene to bring the sport of dressage to a whole new level. Currently, Dujardin (28) sits atop the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings, finishing first in 22 out of her last 25 performances. Eighteen of those wins were earned aboard Valegro, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Carl Hester and Roly Luard. In the doxycycline empty stomach doxycycline dosage for acne rosacea doxycycline without prescription past three years, the superstar duo has helped Britain win Team Gold medals at the 2011 FEI European Dressage Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games, in addition to Team Bronze at the 2013 Ecco FEI European Championships.

Individually, they claimed the Gold medal in London as well as two more Golds in Herning, Denmark, at the 2013 European Championships. Just behind Dujardin is Helen Langehanenberg (31) of Germany. She and Damon Hill NRW, Christian Becks’ 13-year-old Westphalian Warmblood stallion, were winners buy cheap prednisone online without prescription . more info buy prednisone for pets – buy prednisone 10mg generic for prednisone ; canadian pharmacy no  of the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals, as well anchors of the German Team that won Gold in Herning and secured Individual Silver. Adelinde Cornelissen (34), of The Netherlands, sits in third after a second-place finish at the 2013 World Cup Final and earning Team Silver and two Individual Bronzes at the European Championships with Jerich Parzival, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by W.P.J. Cornelissen/M.A. Cornelissen.

Peters currently sits at 13 in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings with his current mount, Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Westphalian gelding Legolas 92. The pair recently won The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. Peters’ 2010 Games teammate Tina Konyot (52) of Palm City, Fla., currently sits at 28th with her own 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, Calecto V. Three more Americans are ranked in the top 50: Heather Blitz (44) of Wellington, Fla., is ranked 35th with her and Robert McKean’s 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Paragon, Guenter Seidel (53) of Cardiff, Calif., is at 38 with Coral Reef Ranch’s 13-year-old Westphalian mare Coral Reef Wylea, and Shelly Francis (54) of Loxahatchee, Fla., sits at 45th with Patricia Stempel’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Doktor.

The Future

After securing podium finishes in Aachen and Hickstead over the summer of 2013, the U.S. will look for another top finish next year in Normandy. The dressage portion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held Monday, August 25 through Friday, August 29, at the D’Ornano Stadium in Caen. Team Championship performances will begin August 25 and conclude with the medal ceremony the next day. The Individual Grand Prix Special competition will be held August 27 with a rest day before the Musical Freestyle on August 29.


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